The Bee Gees, Spirits Having Flown, RSO 1-3041, 1979
IF you’re the biggest group in the world, and you’ve just released the bet selling album up to that point, you don’t really change up the formula too much for the follow up. Even if it brands you as only capable of being a disco artist at a time when the genre was dying. The Bee Gees sold more copies of this record in 1979 than they did of all albums in the 37 years since.
It’s not like it wasn’t a heck of a run. From 1977-79 they wrote and produced two platinum albums for their younger brother Andy, two multi-platinum soundtrack albums for Grease and Saturday Night Fever, and capped it all off this 20 million selling album. The three singles from it all hit Number One, giving them six straight chart toppers.
But that was it. Branded a disco act, this was probably the last true disco album to hit Number One. They complained about it, and they had major hits as songwriters for other acts, but The Bee Gees only had one more top ten single, and that was in the 1990s. I don’t think this is a cautionary tale for a young band not to emulate, though.
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