Don't be misled by the front cover photograph of a latter-day, post-megahit Bee Gees gathered around a microphone; this album collects material from the opposite end of the Gibb brothers' timeline. Long before such songs as "Please Read Me" and "To Love Somebody" made them international stars, the Bee Gees were working out their pop-rock moves in their native Australia, releasing single after single of late-'50s/early-'60s-sounding material inspired not only by the Beatles but by the Beatles' own inspirations (a version of Arthur Alexander's "Every Day I Have To Cry Some" is included here).
EVER INCREASING CIRCLES compiles some of the key tracks from the Gibbs' Australian career, comprising about half of the material collected on the comprehensive TO BE OR NOT TO BE. The catchy but opportunistic "The Battle of the Blue and Grey" and "Them From Jamie McPheeters" (an Australian TV show) show that the young Gibbs had their eyes on success before they developed their artier tendencies, but the '50s-influenced pop-rock tunes included here show that the group already had a knack for infectious composition. Though it contains fewer songs than the similar collection CLAUSTROPHOBIA, EVER INCREASING CIRCLES has an edge by virtue of its detailed, informative liner notes, which shed light on this early period in the Bee Gees' development.