Album Type

Studio Album


January 1969


July 12 to October 1968 at IBC Studios in London and Atlantic Recording Studios in New York






The Bee Gees, Robert Stigwood

V - E - T - D

Odessa is the Bee Gees' fourth album, released as a double LP in 1969.

After the recording of the album, guitarist Vince Melouney left the group amicably wanting to pursue a more bluesy direction. Prior to release there were disagreements over which song was to be released as a single (the Robin led "Lamplight" lost out to "First of May" a Barry solo vocal). This led to Robin Gibb leaving the group in 1969,[1] though he would rejoin the group in late 1970.

Odessa was initially released in a flocked cover with gold lettering. Due to allergic reactions among workers during assembly, this design was discontinued.[2]

Rhino Records plans a tentative re-release the album for March 2008 as a three-disc box set. It will include both mono and stereo mixes as well as unreleased material.

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

  1. "Odessa (City on the Black Sea)" – 7:33
  2. "You'll Never See My Face Again" – 4:17
  3. "Black Diamond" – 3:29
  4. "Marley Purt Drive" – 4:26
  5. "Edison" – 3:06
  6. "Melody Fair" – 3:50
  7. "Suddenly" – 2:30
  8. "Whisper Whisper" – 3:25
  9. "Lamplight" – 4:47
  10. "Sound of Love" – 3:29
  11. "Give Your Best" – 3:28
  12. "Seven Seas Symphony" – 4:10
  13. "With All Nations (International Anthem)" – 1:47
  14. "I Laugh in Your Face" – 4:10
  15. "Never Say Never Again" – 3:29
  16. "First of May" – 2:50
  17. "The British Opera" – 3:16

Notes: A single LP reissue in the mid 70's deleted tracks 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, and 17. Early CD and cassette editions omitted the track "With All Nations (International Anthem)".


Bee Gees

  • Barry Gibb - lead, harmony and backing vocals, guitar
  • Robin Gibb - lead, harmony and backing vocals, organ, piano, mellotron
  • Maurice Gibb - bass, piano, guitar, mellotron, lead vocals om "Suddenly"
  • Vince Melouney - guitar on "Whisper, Whisper", "Marley Purt Drive", "Give Your Best", "Sound Of Love" and "Edison"

Guest musicians and production

  • Bill Keith - banjo on "Marley Purt Drive" and "Give Your Best"

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