Main Course


Main Course
Main Course
Studio album by Bee Gees
Released June 1975 (UK)
August 1975 (US)
Recorded January 7 - February 21, 1975
Criteria Recording Studios (Miami) and Atlantic Recording Studios (New York)
Genre Rock, Disco, funk, R&B, Ballad, Acoustic
Length 40:56
Label RSO
Producer Arif Mardin
Bee Gees chronology
Mr. Natural
(1974)
Main Course
(1975)
Children of the World
(1976)
Singles from Main Course
  1. "Jive Talkin'"
  2. "Nights on Broadway"
  3. "Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)"
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (ambivalent)[2]

Main Course is the Bee Gees' thirteenth album, released in 1975 for the RSO label, and their last album to be released by Atlantic Records in the U.S. under its distribution deal with Robert Stigwood. This album marked a change for the Bee Gees as it was their first album to include disco hits, and it created the model for their output through the rest of the 1970s.

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History

Working with Atlantic producer Arif Mardin, who had also produced their previous album, Mr. Natural, and engineer Karl Richardson at Criteria Studios in Miami, their music became much more influenced by dance music, primarily the Caribbean-styled disco being produced in Miami at the time. Main Course also featured the first prominent use of Barry Gibb's falsetto. The album cover was designed by US artist Drew Struzan.

The sound became more technological with the use of synthesizers and dual bass lines (synthesizer bass by Blue Weaver and bass guitar by Maurice Gibb) on many of the songs, which came about after Weaver overdubbed a synthesizer bass line on the original demo of "Jive Talkin'." Weaver later commented that "nothing new has been invented to make such a tremendous difference to the sound as the synthesizer did, compared to an orchestra."[3]

The album peaked at #14 on the U.S. Billboard album chart. Three singles from the album charted on Billboard's single chart: "Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)" at #12, "Nights on Broadway" at #7, and "Jive Talkin'" at #1, and a live version of a fourth song, "Edge of the Universe", reached #26. "Come On Over" later became a moderate hit (#23) in a cover version by country/pop artist Olivia Newton-John.

Track listing

All compositions by Barry and Robin Gibb except as indicated.

  1. "Nights on Broadway" (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb) - 4:32
  2. "Jive Talkin'" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb/Maurice Gibb) - 3:43
  3. "Wind of Change" – 4:54
  4. "Songbird" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb/Maurice Gibb/Blue Weaver) – 3:35
  5. "Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb/Maurice Gibb) – 4:02
  6. "All This Making Love" – 3:03
  7. "Country Lanes" – 3:29
  8. "Come On Over" – 3:26
  9. "Edge of the Universe" – 5:21
  10. "Baby as You Turn Away" (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb) – 4:23

Personnel

References


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