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Brilliant From Birth: Birth of Brilliance 2
Bee Gees
Brilliant From Birth: Birth of Brilliance 2
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (32) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (31) - Disc #2

Two discs packed with 63 early & extremely rare recordings, including 'The Battle Of The Blue And The Grey', 'Spicks & Specks' and a cover of the Beatles' 'Ticket To Ride'. Doubleslimline jewel case. 1998 Festival Records ...  more »


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All Artists: Bee Gees
Title: Brilliant From Birth: Birth of Brilliance 2
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Festival Records
Release Date: 7/18/1997
Album Type: Extra tracks, Import
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock
Styles: Australia & New Zealand, Adult Contemporary, Soft Rock, Oldies
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 632427320722, 9399604606628, 766484798122


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Two discs packed with 63 early & extremely rare recordings, including 'The Battle Of The Blue And The Grey', 'Spicks & Specks' and a cover of the Beatles' 'Ticket To Ride'. Doubleslimline jewel case. 1998 Festival Records release.

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(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you are a Bee Gees fan, you'll want to check this one out. This CD represents The Bee Gees before the fame. From ballads like "Cherry Red", "Don't Say Goodbye","In The Morning", and "I Don't Think It's Funny", to rockers like "I Want Home", "You Wouldn't Know", "Peace Of Mind", and "To Be Or Not To Be", and covers of songs like "You Won't See Me", "Can't You See That She's Mine", "The End", and "Every Day I Have To Cry". 63 great tracks in all, this is the ultimate early Bee Gees package. The booklet that comes with this is very informative and interesting. If you're curious as to how the Bee Gees were before they became stars, this package is the one to get. Worth every cent, and a 10-star rating as well."
The Latest Release From Festival Records "Down Under"
Martin A Hogan | San Francisco, CA. (Hercules) | 06/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Festival Records first released, "Birth Of Brilliance 1963-1966" in 1978 on a double LP. Later, in the mid-90's, it was released and remastered on a Double CD with 32 songs from the Bee Gees early Australian years. Now Festival has released, "Brilliant From Birth" (Don't get confused) as another Double CD collection. The latter having 31 more songs on it (63 in total). For the (price)extra, it is worth owning over "Birth Of Brilliance 1963-1966". The additional songs are more overdubs on prerecorded instrumentals, many from stage productions and standards ("Twelth Of Never"), ("You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You"), ("Somewhere"), etc. In themselves, they are unremarkable, save for the maturity and range of the Gibb Brothers vocals. In all, this set contains mostly Bee Gees originals with Beatle's covers and standard songs from the late '50's and early '60's. The packaging is more appealing than the first collection and the liner notes are more interesting and up to date. The choice would be "Brilliant From Birth" over "Birth Of Brilliance". Confused? I was."
Definitive package of their early recordings.
P. J. Walstra | 03/06/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Much of this material will already be familiar to long time fans of the Brothers Gibb, for it has been repackaged on a fairly regular basis ever since the late 60's. Remember the two volumes of "Rare, Precious and Beautiful" that Atco released thirty plus years ago? That recycling has continued in the digital age with a seemingly unending series of budget priced knockoffs containing the same 12 - 14 songs. Well, if you've been looking for this early material but waiting for some kind of intelligent package; wait no more! Brilliant From Birth has got to stand as the absolute last word on the Bee Gees "Australian Period." This CD takes the 32 track 1978 LP "Birth of Brilliance," then adds another 31 tracks on top of that, giving the listener everything that was recorded during that 1963 - 66 period. Going more or less in chronological order we start off with the boys sounding very much like The Chipmunks; yes, Alvin, Simon and Theodore assume lifelike form on tracks like "The Battle of the Blue and Grey" and "The Three Kisses of Love." In fact Disc 1 contains all of their very earliest tracks and while it does make for interesting listening from a historical standpoint, there are too many tracks here that do not merit more than one listen. Prime offenders being tracks 23 - 28, which I believe were recorded for some TV show down under, never being intended for release. As they were not disturbing anyone in the vault, why weren't they allowed to remain there? Also, there are several covers of British hits of the day, all of them pretty lame, with the boys not really making too much of an effort to get the lyrics down. Proof positive that the "completist approach" is not always to the benefit of the listener. Things improve considerably on Disc 2; the boys stop trying to be the Beatles and start concentrating on being the Bee Gees, with some damn fine results. There are too many good songs to list here but personal favorites include "Where Are You," "I Don't Know Why I Bother With Myself", "Tint of Blue," "Spicks and Specks," "Exit Stage Right," and "Coalman." The Beatle influences are still there, but the songwriting has come into sharper focus and the musical backing much tougher, with many tracks having a strong Revolver-era Beatles feel. A lot of care has gone into Brilliant From Birth, the overall sound is quite fine and Glenn A. Baker does his usual superb job with the liner notes. I must say, however that this could have been a better package had the compilers exercised better judgment in deciding what material went into this release. I am referring to the 15 or so covers included that really did not merit inclusion and keep this from being a five star release. All in all, though, I cannot envision this material ever being released in a more thorough, more insightful package than Brilliant From Birth. Oh, and by the way, did I mention that there is some damn fine songwriting to be had here as well?"