Bee Gees – “Cucumber Castle”

The Sleeve:
105_4931 105_4932

The Gatefold:
105_4934

The Liner/Sleeve Notes:
None.

Personal Review:
I like the cover. I like the Bee Gees.
If Only I Had My Mind on Something Else” opens the album, and it’s not a bad track. It’s pretty good, the vocals are pretty strong, who knew that this album would open the world of disco for the Bee Gees. Next up comes “I.O.I.O” – which is pretty good, I really don’t know what it is about, except that it has to do with a woman. Who is the woman? I don’t know. I do enjoy the song itself, I think I may’ve found a favorite Bee Gees song, (Nope. It’s still “Wedding Day“) “Then You Left Me” comes up next, which is most obviously a song about breaking up. It’s a pretty decent song, I really can’t say much bad about it! “The Lord” comes next, which opens with some banjo playing, then it kind of cuts into this pop rock sounding song, and it’s absolutely amazing! I now know I have found a new favorite Bee Gees song. “You can believe what ya wanna, but I know what I’m gonna do, I’m gonna believe in the Lord!” – not sure if they were stating their actual beliefs, or just making an amazing song. Either way, it’s pretty amazing. “I Was the Child” comes up next. It starts off slow, the lyrics are good, it slowly begins to build up to the chorus and everything gets amazing again! It kind of reminds me of “Superheroes” from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show“. The A-Side closes with the song “I Lay Down and Die” – which is a pretty strong way to end the A-Side. I thoroughly enjoyed this side of the album! Though, the lyrics are barely audible over the musicianship.

The B-Side opens with the track “Sweetheart” – it’s pretty good way to open the B-Side, I enjoy it, I do wonder who the female backing vocals are though. “Bury Me Down by the River” comes up next up, and it’s absolutely amazing! I can’t get over how great this album is! It has to be one of the best albums I’ve heard by the Bee Gees! “My Thing” follows, and it too, makes off for an amazing song, the whole musicianship and vocals are stunning! “The Chance of Love” is up next, and it’s a pretty great song, a little slow for my liking, but it has beautiful lyrics and amazing vocals, and the orchestrations are just beyond great. “Turning Tide” comes next, and it’s pretty amazing too! The lyrics and musicianship are done with such precision, and devotion that this album just is given off so amazingly. The album ends with the track “Don’t Forget to Remember” – which is a pretty good way to end the album. I absolutely adore this album, and have zero complaints about it! Well done.

Interesting Facts:
None.

Track Listing:
A1 – If Only I Had My Mind on Something Else
A2 – I.O.I.O.
A3 – Then You Left Me
A4 – The Lord
A5 – I Was the Child
A6 – I Lay Down and Die

B1 – Sweetheart
B2 – Bury Me Down by the River
B3 – My Thing
B4 – The Chance of Love
B5 – Turning Tide
B6 – Don’t Forget to Remember

Label:
ATCO Records

Catalog Number:
SD. 33 – 327

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
Lead Vocals & Guitar – Barry Gibb
Piano, Bass Guitar, Organ, Mellotron & Vocals – Maurice Gibb
All Songs Composed by Barry & Maurice Gibb
Produced by Mike Mansfield, Robert Stigwood and the Bee Gees
Accompaniment Directed by Bill Shepherd
Sleeve Design – Hanish Grimes

Other Albums I Own by The Bee Gees:
2 Years On
Children of the World
Love Collection
Spirits Having Flown

Other Albums I Own that the Bee Gees Appear On:
Saturday Night Fever: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Music for Unicef Concert – A Gift of Song
Staying Alive: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Released:
1970

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