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Children of the World

Children of the World
Studio album by Bee Gees
Released September 1976
Recorded 19 January – 6 May 1976 at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec
Genre R&B
Length 38:37
Label RSO
Producer Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Bee Gees chronology
Main Course
(1975)
Children of the World
(1976)
Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live
(1977)
Singles from Children of the World
  1. "You Should Be Dancing"
    Released: June 1976 (UK), July 1976 (US)
  2. "Love So Right"
    Released: September 1976
  3. "Boogie Child"
    Released: January 1977
  4. "Children of the World"
    Released: February 1977

Children of the World is the 14th album released by the Bee Gees in September 1976. The first single, "You Should Be Dancing", went to No. 1 in the US and Canada, and was a top ten hit in numerous other territories. The album has sold over 2.5 million copies. It was the group's fourteenth album (twelfth internationally). The album was re-issued by Reprise and Rhino Records. This was the first record featuring the Gibb-Galuten-Richardson production team which would have many successful collaborations in the following years.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Recording 2
  • Critical reception 3
  • Track listing 4
  • Personnel 5
  • Charts 6
    • Peak positions 6.1
    • Year-end charts 6.2
    • Certifications 6.3
  • References 7

Background

Because their manager Robert Stigwood had ended his US distribution arrangement with Atlantic Records, Atlantic producer Arif Mardin, who had produced the Bee Gees' prior two albums, was no longer permitted to work with the group. In an effort to retain the same sound, the group recorded at the same studios (Criteria Studios in Miami). At first, they recruited producer Richard Perry, but they parted company after only a couple of weeks over the musical direction the group should take. At this point the Bee Gees decided to produce the album themselves, with Barry Gibb taking the lead role, along with engineer Karl Richardson. They added young musician and arranger Albhy Galuten to the control room as musical adviser. The new team saw the group through a series of top selling recordings over the next four years.

Recording

The album was recorded from 19 January to 30 March, when they recorded "You Should Be Dancing", "Love So Right", "Subway", "Love Me", "You Stepped Into My Life", "The Way It Was", "Walk Before You Run" (unreleased), "The Feel" (unreleased) and "Lovers" which had Robin singing lead in Falsetto. All the songs were finished in Quebec, except the two unreleased songs and "Walk Before You Run" which was written by Barry Gibb with Stephen Stills.[1] During a break recording Children of the World , Robin and Maurice Gibb returned in England to spend time with their families, while Barry stayed in Miami to mix the new single and to record "The Way It Was".[2] From 2 April to 26 May, the group recorded songs in Le Studio, Quebec. "Rest Your Love on Me" (recorded 2 May) was not included on the album but it was used as the B-side of "Too Much Heaven" in 1978.[1]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [3]

Bruce Eder of Allmusic describes this album as the group's second R&B album and described "Love So Right" as a "beautiful soul ballad".[3] The effort succeeded, as the new album produced three hit singles, including a No. 1 in the US, just like its predecessor Main Course. It also featured the hit singles "Love So Right" and "Boogie Child" which peaked at No. 3 and No. 12 respectively in the US "Love Me" was made a hit by Yvonne Elliman and "You Stepped into My Life" was recorded by Wayne Newton in 1979.

Following the release of Children of the World, Barry describes it:

"This album doesn't just have disco and R&B. To us, there are other tracks on the album and on Main Course that could be hits as well. For the Bee Gees, it's not right to put out these tracks as singles yet.[2]

Track listing

All tracks written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Lead vocal(s) Length
1. "You Should Be Dancing"   Barry 4:16
2. "You Stepped Into My Life"   Barry 3:25
3. "Love So Right"   Barry 3:34
4. "Lovers"   Barry, Robin and Maurice 3:36
5. "Can't Keep a Good Man Down"   Barry and Robin 4:43
Side two
No. Title Lead vocal(s) Length
1. "Boogie Child"   Barry 4:12
2. "Love Me" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) Robin and Barry 4:01
3. "Subway"   Barry 4:24
4. "The Way It Was" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Blue Weaver) Barry 3:19
5. "Children of the World"   Barry 3:07

Personnel

Bee Gees
Bee Gees Band
Additional personnel
  • Joe Lala – percussion
  • Gary Brown – saxophone
  • – bass guitar on "Subway" and "The Way It Was"
  • Stephen Stills – percussion on "You Should Be Dancing"
  • Peter Graves – horns
  • Whit Sidener – horns
  • Kenny Faulk – horns
  • Neil Bonsanti – horns
  • Bill Purse – horns
Production
  • Karl Richardson – engineer, producer
  • John Blanche – engineer
  • Ed Marshal – engineer
  • Nick Balgona – additional engineering
  • Albhy Galuten – producer

Charts

References

  1. ^ a b Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1976". 
  2. ^ a b Melinda Bilyeu, Hector Cook, Andrew Môn Hughes. The Bee Gees. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. Children of the World at AllMusic
  4. ^  
  5. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 26, No. 7".  
  6. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1976" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "Children of the World"charts.org.nz Bee Gees – (ASP). Hung Medien.  
  8. ^ "Children of the World"norwegiancharts.com Bee Gees – (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Children of the World"swedishcharts.com Bee Gees – (ASP). Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  10. ^ a b : Charts & Awards : Billboard Albums"Children of the World"Allmusic: . allmusic.com. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Children of the World"Album Search: Bee Gees – (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "RPM Top Albums/CDs – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, Top 100 Albums of 1976".  
  13. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1977". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bee Gees – Children of the World".  
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Bee Gees – Children of the World".   If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
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