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© Polydor Records
Year of Release: 1974
Throw A Penny
Down The Road
Give A Hand Take A Hand
Lost In Your Love
I Can't Let You Go
Had A Lot Of LoveLast Night
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The Bee Gees' Mr. Natural is the album BEFORE they ventured into
a new sound, Disco. By 1974, their music was just like any other, yet their
popularity soared after their 1975 release,
As for Mr. Natural, there aren't any well-known songs found here,
yet the Gibb brothers' music before their disco superstardom should be taken
into consideration, that these brothers made some great music, with their
beautiful harmonies and songwriting. Yet when everyone thinks of The Bee
Gees, they all immediately respond, "BEE GEES, DISCO, SUCKS!" This isn't
true regarding Mr. Natural, (or any album before this one); it displays
the Gibbs as any other rock act who can perform just as good as any other.
"Charade" is a beautiful ballad song, and has some very impressive
instrumentation. This song can easily fit the Adult Contemporary category.
"Throw A Penny" has the common pop 1970s feel, as it merges into
"Down The Road", another good pop bouncing tune.
"Voices" is a peaceful ballad, in the style of their previous
1960s favorites, "I've Started A Joke" and "I Gotta Get A
Message To You". "Give A Hand, Take A Hand" is another slowie,
with it's piano-driven melody, and a few country-sounding guitar licks.
Like the previous two songs, "Dogs" is another slow number, with
some instrumental percussion punches, as it reminds me of the early Elton
John, as in his song "Take Me To The Pilot." The title track is a
nice, bouncy number, with the familiar Brothers Gibb harmonies. And it does
have a somewhat sound of what was soon to come on their forthcoming album.
It's not disco, but it's a pop sounding song, that had a changing musical
style for them.
"Lost In Your Love" has a gospel sound, as it showcases Barry
Gibb's soulful voice. "I Can't Let You Go" is another common pop
sounder, where "Heavy Breathing" is definitely heavy. It has a more
rock & roll sound, as in the hard rock (!) style. For The Bee Gees, this
sound is rare. But honestly, their common sound is much better in their
beautiful harmonies and such. Not that they can't rock, they try here to
rock like other rocking Seventies groups, but they just don't cut it.
Yet they go back to what they do best with the album's closing song, "Had
A Lot Of Love Last Night," a harmony-driven piano ballad, and is a
beautiful song to close the album out, traditional Bee Gees' style.
The title says it all, this album is Natural. The Bee Gees prove
with their harmony-driven songs, likewise with their strings musical
arrangements, that the songs contained here in this style makes The Bee Gees
a talent act who can easily be taken for granted for making some beautiful
music, away from the common (hard) rock and roll going on in the early 1970s.
Most people don't take The Bee Gees for granted, because they were the ones
that launched the Disco crave, which everyone just loves to rip apart.
I'm sure The Bee Gees were constantly reminded of that, and it may have put
a somewhat burden on them. But life does go on after disco, as the Gibb
brothers went back to their original style of pop and harmony ballads on
their post-disco album releases. (Yes friends, the Gibbs are still recording
today, despite their "disco nightmare" and the tragic loss of their brother
Andy to drugs and alcohol abuse.)
Just for a moment, ignore all the stories about how the Bee Gees launched
disco, and how everyone hated them for it. Mr. Natural just may
give The Bee Gees a different meaning to how you classify them. Not as the
disco-haters of the world, but how they can blend beautiful harmonies with
beautiful string arrangements, and yes, you can honestly say that these guys
are not really bad as you may think they are, in your own minds. (It's just
The Bee Gees are just as Natural as the others; give them a chance
by listening to their pre- and post-disco recordings. You just may like what
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