Label: Polydor - 813 642-2 YH,RSO - 813 642-2 • Format: CD Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Pop Rock
Living Eyes is the Bee Gees ' sixteenth original album fourteenth internationallyreleased in The Bee Gees turned away from the disco sound that was prominent on their work in the middle-to-late s with this album.
However, the album was not a commercial success, perhaps due to their being so strongly associated with disco. It soldcopies worldwide, compared to 16 million copies of their previous studio album, Spirits Having Flownin While it did not sell well in either the UK or the US, the Coming Down - Wild Shores - Illusion Of Movement itself was a Top 40 hit in the majority of territories in which it saw wide release.
It would be the band's final album on RSO Records. The label would be absorbed into Polydor and subsequently discontinued. Following the massive success from the Bee Gees production of Barbra Streisand 's album Guiltythe Bee Gees regrouped at Middle Ear studios in October to record their next album. They began work on some of the songs that would go onto Living Eyes.
As they had been on all their recordings sincethey Soldiers - Bee Gees - Living Eyes backed by Blue Weaver keyboards, synthesisers, programmingAlan Kendall lead guitarand Dennis Bryon drums, percussionbut the sessions broke down and the three backing musicians were fired.
Recording began early in without the Bee Gees band that recorded and toured with the group in the late s. Barry felt that he could create the sound he wanted with sessions musicians instead of a band, and the album featured musicians including Don FelderJeff PorcaroRichard TeeGeorge Terry and Steve Gadd.
Also, the Bee Gees stated that they were trying to avoid being pigeonholed as a disco act, which was why the album also featured minimal falsetto vocals which had become a Bee Gees trademark by that timewith one notable exception being the song "Soldiers". But Robin and Maurice had become active in the studio again, contributing more to vocals and production, which created some tension between them and the Gibb-Galuten-Richardson production team.
When we started working on [it] and it was not being fun, I remember sitting around with my friends at the time, and saying, 'It's just not working and I think that I'm going to leave. Living Eyes also features the return of Robin and Maurice Gibb as a lead vocalist since in a whole song. As Barry says that his falsetto was the reason why Robin or Maurice had not taken lead vocals in a whole track on any song by the group between and "'God, every falsetto record we're putting out is a monster, we shouldn't change yet.
It's equally important that Maurice's voice gets Soldiers - Bee Gees - Living Eyes. And it's becoming less important that I get heard.
And that's the way we work. There's no ego within the three of us, whoever's singing most or whoever has the most hits is irrelevant. In the US, the disco backlash was still strong, and many radio stations were not even playing The Bee Gees by Also, RSO Records had fallen out of the position to promote and sell records it had once held.
Promotional staff had been cut to the bone mid-year because they had simply had no product to sell. The Bee Gees themselves subsequently dismissed this album as weak, and having been recorded under pressure from their record company and management at a time when they needed to Soldiers - Bee Gees - Living Eyes their direction.
Despite this, Barry commented about Living Eyes following its release, "It's our finest album in terms of depth, performance and quality of the production. It's been about 11 months working on this album, and we do tend How I Learned To Breathe - Various - Folktales No.
2 work an awful long time on our albums because we want to be sure. It wasn't the kind of album we should have brought out at that point. It was a little too downbeat, as opposed to having energy. But we were trying to go for a change, to draw ourselves away from the falsetto vocals and do something that might be a little different.
We knew the risks when we did that. Barry claimed, in"Living Eyes was just what was needed for us. We needed to stop being what we were. It was driving us all round the twist. We needed at that point to step back and look at our lives as individuals. Ill Take You Home Again Kathleen - Lieutenant Pigeon - Ill Take You Home Again Kathleen Eyes was chosen to be the first ever album to be manufactured on CD for demonstration purposes, as seen on the BBC TV program Tomorrow's World inand was featured on the inaugural issue of the Compact Disc trade magazine.
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