The Bee Gees - Cucumber Castle (1970) 2013 Japan Reprise Rec. (Flac)
An overlooked work in the Brothers Gibb catalog, Cucumber Castle is an excellent album that plays to the Bee Gees' strengths of melody, arrangement, and craftsmanship. Though at times one may miss the distinctive trembling vocals of Robin Gibb (the brothers had split up at this point), Barry and Maurice
carry on with 12 cuts that continue in the tradition of their
distinctive pop sound.
Orchestral arrangements and Mellotrons abound,
and the sound tends toward full productions, especially in "Then You
Left Me" and "I Lay Down and Die." One can also hear country influences
("Sweetheart"), gospel ("Bury Me Down by the River"), and light jazz
("My Thing"). What sets this album above others is that there is not a
bad cut on the album, and Barry's
vocals are particularly strong and heartfelt. Although most of the cuts
deal with the usual subject of love and particularly love lost, superb
eye for detail in the arrangements of the songs give them added life.
Adding a few songs with classic singalong melodies ("Sweetheart" and
"Don't Forget to Remember") certainly doesn't hurt the cause. All in
all, this is a fine album that cements the Brothers Gibb
's reputation as superior pop songwriters and craftsmen.
Hello Folks, i was never a big Bee Gees fan but this album from 1970 is one of the best of this guys i ever heard. Maybe in his entirety the strongest i know. I read the review just some minutes ago and was really surprised. I can agree in nearly all points. And maybe (only maybe) it was a good decision at that time for the brothers as band to split (at least temporarily). The songwriting is just great and they belongs for sure to the greatest pop songwriters of all time. This is (and was then) a great pop album. If you are open minded give it a try and enjoy.