The group takes a psychedelic turn, adding lush orchestral arrangements to the group’s tight harmonies and narrative lyrics. The album was recorded at the famed IBC Studios in London. Barry Gibb commented that their recording process was one of impromptu creativity, in which they’d “think up a subject, then write a song on the spot.” The instrumental parts were added later, adding a fullness to the songs. For instance, Bee Gee’s 1st opens with strains of oboe and harpsichord on the whimsical “Turn of the Century,” while “Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You” begins with dark Gregorian chants.

 

Tracklist

Side 1:

  1. Turn of the Century
  2. Holiday
  3. Red Chair Fade Away
  4. One Minute Woman
  5. In My Own Time
  6. Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You
  7. Craise Finton Kirk Roval Academy of Arts

Side 2:

  1. New York Mining Disaster 1941
  2. Cucumber Castle
  3. To Love Somebody
  4. I Close My Eyes
  5. I Can’t See Nobody
  6. Please Read Me
  7. Close Another Door