Bee Gees

Early Years, Vol. 2

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Another flimsily packaged double-album compilation of mid-'60s Australian-era Bee Gees. It's weaker than Volume One; the material isn't as strong, and more of it dates from their mawkish, pre-Beatle-influenced period, where they sounded like an MOR kiddie version of The Everly Brothers. Still..."Claustrophobia," "Could It Be I'm in Love with You," and "To Be or Not To Be" are more great lost early Beatle ripoffs, and songs like "Big Chance" and "I Don't Know Why I Bother with Myself" are quite affecting, lyrically introspective numbers that argue the case of the Bee Gees as one of rock's premier cases of arrested development. As on the first volume, most of the material was penned by Barry Gibb, with occasional contributions by Robin and covers.