Coming off a string of excellent top 10 hits, the Gibb brothers in 1969 decided to tackle an expansive, double-record experiment in Sgt. Pepper-y orchestral pop. The result is Odessa, a gorgeous sprawl which offers a little bit of everything: lilting melancholy (”Black Diamond”), acoustic roots rock (”Marley Purt Drive”), and lots of syrupy strings that really don’t belong. Still, this three-disc deluxe reissue — which includes a mono mix and a full CD of demos and alternate versions — makes a strong case for induction into the Academy of the Underrated. A?
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