In Our Own Time
Eagle Rock Entertainment
8 out of 10
So why are we reviewing a BEE GEES DVD on a hard rock/metal music website? Because I grew up in the 70s. And there was no bigger band in the late 70s than the BEE GEES. Saturday Night Fever came out in 1977 about the Disco scene in New York. If the Producer of the film didn’t fight for them, they’d have never been on the soundtrack, and that may have meant that you may have never heard of the BEE GEES. That soundtrack is the second best selling soundtrack ever. No children, Titanic did not outsell Saturday Night Fever. That’s how huge the soundtrack is.
So while I expected the DVD to be more of a concert what I got was the extensive history of the band. Most people only know of the ‘disco era’ BEE GEES, but they started out on TV in 1960, 17 years prior to Saturday Night Fever! Brian Epstein the manager of the Beatles was sent a demo of them and after watching a sound check had them come to his office and sign a contract that afternoon.
Their sound began in the true early 60’s rock genre. Think Beatles and early Rolling Stones. Through the 60s and into the 70s their sound matured as they did. They had several hits long before their disco sound; New York Mining Disaster 1941 was their second single and first top 20 radio hit in 1967. To Love Somebody was their second big hit that has since been covered by Gram Parsons, Rod Stewart, Janis Joplin, The Animals, Nina Simone, Otis Redding, and more.
Almost by accident in the early 70s Barry Gibb in the studio found out he had a falsetto voice as well as his regular singing voice. And that is when the BEE GEES sound solidified, and they took the world over, if only for a short period of time.
They had more top ten songs that they wrote for other people in country, rock, pop, and soul, than they had as recording artists themselves. Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, & Celine Dion are just a few of the artists to top the charts with BEE GEES penned songs.
The DVD also covers the deaths of Andy and Maurice, the trials of the road, the studio, brothers in family and in a band, and shouldering the stigma of ‘the band that killed disco’.
Would you call them an influential band? I don’t think so (Faith No More did cover their I Started A Joke for what it’s worth), but if you are a child of the 70s and you still own your original vinyl copy of SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and still play it, Tragedy, and other BEE GEES classic tunes on your iPod like I do, then this DVD is just for you. As told by the BEE GEES themselves.
The only thing missing on the DVD is a concert (which is why I gave it an 8 out of 10). It would have been a great way to finish off the story that is the BEE GEES. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pick up BEE GEES In Our Own Time. It just means that after you watch and learn how proliferant that the BEE GEES are, you should go pick up BEE GEES One Night Only as a great companion piece.