RELEASE
LABEL
Polydor
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Baroque Pop, AM Pop, Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic

Album Review

The Bee Gees' third album is something of a departure, with more of a rocking sound and with the orchestra (apart from a few well-placed harp arpeggios) somewhat less prominent in the sound mix than on their first two LPs. The two hits, "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and "I Started a Joke," are very much of a piece with their earlier work, but on "Kitty Can," "Indian Gin and Whisky Dry," and "Such a Shame" (the latter written by the group's then lead guitarist, Vince Melouney), among other cuts, they sound much more like a working band with a cohesive group sound, rather than a harmony vocal group with accompaniment. Their writing still has a tendency toward the dramatic and the melodramatic, which would manifest itself prominently again on their next album, Odessa, six months later, but here the group seemed to be trying for a somewhat less moody, dark-toned overall sound, and some less surreal lyrical conceits, though "Kilburn Towers" (despite some pop-jazz inflections) and "Swan Song," as well as "I Started a Joke," retain elements of fantasy and profundity. [In 2006, as part of the shift of the group's back catalog to Reprise Records, Idea was reissued in remastered form, with seriously improved sound and expanded to two CDs with a brace of chronologically-related outtakes -- comprising some of the most fascinating material of their history -- initially as part of the collection The Studio Albums 1967-1968.]
Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Let There Be Love
  2. Kitty Can
  3. In the Summer of His Years
  4. Indian Gin and Whiskey Dry
  5. Down to Earth
  6. Such a Shame
  7. I've Gotta Get a Message to You
  8. Idea
  9. When the Swallows Fly
  10. I Have Decided to Join the Airforce
  11. I Started a Joke
  12. Kilburn Towers
  13. Swan Song