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Rare Bee Gees LP in SLQ collection

By JOL Admin | 9 October 2015

Did you know State Library of Queensland has recently acquired an extremely rare issue of the Bee Gees debut album, The Bee Gee's Sing and Play 14 Songs by Barry Gibb to add to its collection of Bee Gees recordings? This valuable album is the second pressing on Leedon / Calendar label. The original issue of this LP on Leedon is extremely rare, and the 1967 reissue on the Calendar Label, held by the library, is also rarely seen in Australia. It is a compilation of most of the Gibb brothers’ singles that had been released over the previous three years in Australia.

The Bee Gee's Sing and Play 14 Songs by Barry Gibb. State Library of Queensland collection

The Bee Gee's Sing and Play 14 Songs by Barry Gibb. State Library of Queensland collection

All the songs were written and composed by Barry Gibb -

Side one: 1. I was a lover, a leader of men -- 2. I don't think it's funny -- 3. How love was true -- 4. To be or not to be -- 5. Timber -- 6. Claustrophobia -- 7. Could it be
Side two: 1. And the children laughing -- 2. Wine and women -- 3. Don't say goodbye -- 4. Peace of mind -- 5. Take hold of that star - 6. You wouldn't know -- 7. Follow the wind

In additional to this rare LP, SLQ also holds a number of original Bee Gees 45 singles from the late 1960s to the early 1970's including Massachusetts (The lights went out in); Lonely Days and Mr Natural.

SLQ's collection of Bee Gees 45 singles

SLQ's collection of Bee Gees 45 singles

As the Gibb brothers grew up in Redcliffe, SLQ is keen to collect any material relating to the Bee Gees which you might have collected personally yourself over the years, or which you have acquired in any other way. This material would have a valuable place in our music history and cultural heritage and should be looked after and preserved for current and future generations. We’re interested in collecting music, recordings, flyers, posters, reviews, tickets, films, videos, photos, letters, and other memorabilia. It would be housed in the library under ideal conditions for its long term survival and public access. Your collection at home will ultimately deteriorate and be lost to future research. The Bee Gees are very important in Queensland’s history. Queensland music is one of our collecting strengths. Please contact us about any material you think should come to the library.

Laurel Dingle - Queensland Music Coordinator, State Library of Queensland


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