When the history of pop music is written, Australian siblings the Bee Gees almost certainly will play a prominent role. Brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb were responsible for dozens of hit singles throughout the late 1960s, 1970s and early ‘80s and continued to make music together until Maurice passed away in 2003 at age 53.
“To Love the Bee Gees: A Tribute to the Brothers Gibb” is a loving compilation album featuring 28 covers by 17 artists. Curated by producers Todd Bisson and Bennett Freed, the set features songs from the entirety of the Bee Gees’ career performed by an eclectic group of guests.
“Our goal was to cover the waterfront musically and the Bee Gees career-wise,” Bisson explains. “I really do think we accomplished that. There is blues, rock, folk, soul, pop, funk, electronica and dub on this album and songs from 1967 to 1993, both well-known and obscure.”
You can’t really go wrong anywhere on the 100 minute set, but pay special attention to performances by Isobel Campbell (“How Deep Is Your Love”), Elayna Boynton (“To Love Somebody”), Dylan Gardner (“Massachusetts”), Martin Carr (“Stayin’ Alive”). Jess Delgado (“I Can Bring Love”), Emitt Rhoses (“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”) and The Silver Seas (“I Started a Joke” and “Night Fever”). Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)