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Encyclopedia > Horizontal (album)

Horizontal, the Bee Gees second album (if you don't count the Australian releases) was released in 1968. It included the international hit singles Massachusetts and World.


Other standout tracks include And The Sun Will Shine, a beautiful Robin-led love ballad complete with psychedelic references to trains walking by and pastoral orchestral backing conducted by the late great Bill Shepherd. Two other Robin-led tracks worthy of note are Harry Braff, a rocking story song about a racing driver that sits comfortably with anything by the Beatles or the Kinks and more recently approved by Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and the poignant Really And Sincerely. The latter documented Robin's emotions following his survival of the Hither Green train wreck while the album was being made.


Psychedelia also abounds in the quirky Lemons Never Forget which without the familiar string-backing and featuring great guitar work from Vince Melouney as well as the underrated piano and bass interplay of the late Maurice Gibb, shows a side of the early Bee Gees rarely seen by singles buyers and deserving of a larger cult following.


Those looking for ballads in the traditional Bee Gees style won't be disappointed by Birdie Told Me with great lead guitar-orchestra interplay, Day Time Girl a delicate piano number from Maurice, or The Change Is Made which features Barry's voice soaring to a height of intensity and power rarely achieved on studio recordings.


A vital addition to any Bee Gees collection.


 
 

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