Barry Gibb

The Kid's No Good

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Seventy minutes of surprisingly decent quality outtakes from Barry Gibb's unreleased 1970 solo album. One could think of them as the equivalent of lost solo tracks by any of the Beatles from the same era, except that it's clear that The Kid's No Good, as the album was reportedly to have been called, was a finished work, thus making the bulk of these songs considerably more satisfying aesthetically than, say, a bunch of unfinished John Lennon or Paul McCartney tracks off of Let It Be, if not remotely as important -- this is a record that casual listeners could enjoy without having to make allowances for its origins. Started by the eldest Gibb brother in January of 1970, a few months after the breakup of the two-man Bee Gees lineup with his brother Maurice, these 19 tracks represent an odd lost chapter in the history of the Bee Gees. From the moody "Mando Bay" to the somewhat Beatlesque "One Bad Thing," the sounds here are of a piece with the late-'60s Bee Gees output, and they're worth owning by any admirers of the trio who are interested in stretching their legacy as far as possible. A lot of the material is sentimental and country flavored, and all of it features the light to moderately heavy orchestrations that were favored by the group as a whole in their sound before and after the split. There probably wasn't a hit single here, at least for the American market, but it's all good listening and does, indeed, sound a lot like one might picture the Bee Gees album that should have fallen in between Cucumber Castle and 2 Years On. The quality ranges from fair to good, the sources all apparently tapes from hardcore fans' collections.