Thursday, September 24, 2009

Petition for Beatles mono CDs to be sold separately

Do you want the Beatles mono CDs to be sold separately? There are a number of reasons why this would benefit potential buyers:

1) The first four albums had long been available in mono, so only diehards will want to buy them again.

2) Some collectors would only want "Sgt. Pepper's", the White Album and maybe "Magical Mystery Tour", which are the ones featuring the most noticeable differences compared to their stereo counterparts.

3) Even for those who want them all, it might be easier on their pockets to buy a few CDs at a time than all of them at once.

If you support this idea, please sign the petition by clicking here.

Monday, September 14, 2009

We want the Bee Gees in Brazil!

The Bee Gees are reuniting. At least, these are the plans. Ever since Maurice died in 2003, it was never clear whether Barry and Robin intended to continue with the group. At times, they said they did. Only to deny it later. They did perform as a duo in 2006 for the Prince's Trust, but apart from that, they remained with their respective agendas. But now the announcement is official. The word is being spread all over the world that the Bee Gees are back.

The only time the Bee Gees performed in South America was in Argentina in 1997, during the One Night Only tour. Lots of Brazilians went to Buenos Aires to see the show. At a certain point during the performance, a Brazilian flag was thrown on stage. This was news in Brazilian papers. In November 2005, Robin Gibb performed in São Paulo. Four thousand people were there to see him.

It is generally agreed by critics and fans alike that the Bee Gees had their finest hour in the 60's and 70's. In the 60's, because of unforgettable ballads such as "Massachusetts" and "I Started a Joke". In the 70's, because of the disco craze, the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack and other songs in a similar vein such as "Tragedy" and "Too Much Heaven". In Brazil, however, there is a new generation of fans that rank the Bee Gees' post-70's albums as high as anything they did before. Of course, this is owing to the period in which they were born, with songs such as "Wish You Were Here" and "For Whom the Bells Toll" getting a lot of airplay in Brazil. But one just has to listen carefully to each of the albums from those years to realize these younger fans are not wrong. "One" (1989), "Size Isn't Everything" (1993), "Still Waters" (1997) and "This is Where I Came In" (2001) are as good as the Bee Gees' most memorable records from their classic years. The truth is that the Bee Gees have always maintained the same level of creativity and craftsmanship, even when they didn't get as much media coverage. And if there is any country in which this has always been perceived and acknowledged, it is Brazil.

We don't know yet what Barry and Robin's plans are exactly, whether they are planning on a major world tour or at the very least a number of concerts in other countries. What we do know is that we want the Bee Gees in Brazil. Brazilian fans are uniting to try to get the Brothers to perform here. The biggest Bee Gees community in Orkut (a friendship website that has become more popular in Brazil than Facebook, Multiply or MySpace) has more than 61 thousand members. We do hope that this message reaches Barry, Robin or anyone in their inner circle. Do get in touch with Brazilian promoters and bring the boys here. A Bee Gees concert in Brazil is long overdue. This reunion is the perfect chance to make it happen.