something happens through a song when personalities suddenly meet the universe in motion. Their music has always had enough to say to a busy world.
"Ten years ago," said Robin, "most music was a social outcry, and we never subscribed to that pattern. We didn't jump on trends and we've seen a lot of them the last decade. Flower Power, Glitter . 1 think the Bee Gees have always realized that there is so much love to bring out in songs that it is a catalyst to bring people together."
Another reason for the Golden Age of Bee Gees has to be their strong live performance.
Barry : "The orchestra did color a lot of our songs.
But at times we might have overused the strings and some of our work became mushy. Strings are beautiful tools to work with. They can break your heart.
"When I look back at the days we toured with thirty pieces, I know we were on display and opposed to communicating with the audience. Going to a bigger band and leaving the orchestra at home was a logical extension. I think our stage act improved 100 percent."
As they threw off the uncomfortable paraphenalia that cushioned them in the 60s, the music that flew from their new self-contained stage show turned more rhythmic, more diversified. Maurice now sings harder parts, falsettos, kicking a nervous, driving sound into the blend, while Blue Weaver's string synthesizer fuses the sixties to the seventies. They work harder, but they're happier, and maybe that's why the Bee Gees are accomplishing more than ever.
For the three Gibb brothers, things have never been better, but they were nervous wrecks at the end of the sixties after constant touring, recording, promoting, possession-gathering, even breaking up along the way. Today, five-six years after a rough adjustment period,
the brothers are back to relating to each other as brothers.
Barry: "The personal crisis we went through provided extra incentive and the records we put out now, especially the last few, are full of drive and ambition. We can feel it.