Spirits Having Flown

Bee Gees

Spirits Having Flown

Spirits Having Flown is an appropriate title for The Bee Gees' 1979 album—it was their first release after the unprecedented success of their songs for the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. While their phenomenal flight would soon abruptly end as they fell from favor in the '80s, the Gibbs remained aloft both artistically and commercially with this album. Elder brother Barry Gibb occupied the forefront more than before, handling lead vocal duties on everything but "Living Together," where he shared the spotlight with Robin. Fans of the group's balladic side were served such delicacies as the edenic "Too Much Heaven," and the trio continued their love affair with Philly-style soul on the luminous slow jam "Stop (Think Again)." The larger-than-life "Tragedy" was actually the only tune to offer a straight-up four-on-the-floor disco beat, but a number of tracks—including the slinky hit "Love You Inside Out"—featured funky, syncopated grooves fully functional for dancing. Spirits would be the group's last golden moment for some time, but it sure shone brightly.

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