‘The Best Covers Ever’ series counts down our favorite covers of great artists.
Despite the fact that Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb have sold upwards of 120 million records, they can sometimes seem oddly underrated. They aren’t regarded with the reverence afforded to other artists that emerged during roughly the same era, like The Rolling Stones or The Who. They haven’t generated the same level of dramatic intrigue as Elton John or Queen. And discovering their music was never part of some traditional teenage rite of passage like Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin. But while they don’t seem to receive near the same level of acclaim as the aforementioned artists, their music has remained as utterly ubiquitous as just about all of them. There are few other artists as essential to documenting the sound of an era as The Bee Gees were to the late ’70s.
Throw the Here At Last…Bee Gees… Live album from 1977 on the turntable or queue up the stream. You will be confronted with a veritable assembly line of perfectly constructed, exquisitely performed pop songs. Take a step back and really listen. The outlandish songwriting gift on display is nothing short of mind-blowing, You might think, how is it even possible to have written this many incredible songs? And those are just 20 or so selected tracks Barry, Robin, and Maurice had done up to that point – before Saturday Night Fever! There were dozens more to come.
We were overwhelmed by the number of incredible covers of both Bee Gees classics and deep cuts and their glorious diversity. But we really shouldn’t have been surprised. Despite the band itself not always getting its due, the Bee Gees’ songs remain for everyone and forever.
– Hope Silverman
The list begins on Page 2.
My favourtie Bee Gees cover, Gallon Drunk – To Love Somebody; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=644dZ4-h64M
Nope. Not even close.
That’s a matter of opinion, there’s my opinion which is correct and your opinion which is sadly incorrect. I suggest you visit an otolaryngologist asap.
Yvonne Elliman – if I can’t have you. Brilliant dance track
I’m not normally into Korean pop, but How Deep Is Your Love by Jinusean is my fave: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gm640QfXvaI
I love the bee gees and andy roy Gibb very much
Janis Joplin slaughtered that song.
That is being way too kind.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for not including Michael Buble’s version of To Love Somebody. Sincerely, a former retail employee who had to hear that song at least 5 times a day over the store’s intercom.
Can’t wait to explore these at length! The Jigsaw Seen track kicks off one of the all-time great tribute albums, Eggbert Records’ 1995 Bee Gees tribute MELODY FAIR. The Minus Five contribute a faithful but fun version of “Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts,” but the true gem is Baby Lemonade’s gloriously fuzzed-out ” How Deep Is Your Love.” (Eggbert’s later Hollies tribute SING HOLLIES IN REVERSE is well worth the search, too…)
Aagh, just remembered that Young Fresh Fellows did the “Craise Finton Kirk” cover…I knew Scott McCaughey was involved somehow!
Where is Olivia Newton-John’s “Come On Over”?
That is Top 10 material!!!
Thank you so much for including Martin Carthy’s exquisite cover of “New York Mining Disaster, 1941” – a favourite since its release more than twenty years ago!
Someone might appreciate this Bee Gees cover of “To Love Somebody”
Who is Ever?
Spicks & Specks by Status Quo
An Escape Plan
viest Love you inside and out