Children of the World

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Children of the World
Studio album by Bee Gees
Released September 1976 (LP)
January 1989 (CD)
Recorded 19 January – 6 May 1976 at Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec
Genre R&B, soul, funk, disco
Length 38:37
Label RSO
Producer Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Bee Gees albums chronology
Main Course
(1975)
Children of the World
(1976)
Here at Last... Bee Gees... Live
(1977)
Singles from Children of the World
  1. "You Should Be Dancing"
    Released: June 1976 (UK), July 1976 (US)
  2. "Love So Right"
    Released: September 1976
  3. "Boogie Child"
    Released: January 1977
  4. "Children of the World"
    Released: February 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Children of the World is an album released by the Bee Gees in September 1976. The first single, "You Should Be Dancing", went to No. 1 in the US and Canada, and was a top ten hit in numerous other territories. The album has sold over 2.5 million copies. It was the group's fourteenth album (twelfth internationally). The album was re-issued by Reprise and Rhino Records.

Background and recording[edit]

Because their manager Robert Stigwood had ended his US distribution arrangement with Atlantic Records, Atlantic producer Arif Mardin, who had produced the Bee Gees' prior two albums, was no longer permitted to work with the group. In an effort to retain the same sound, the group recorded at the same studios (Criteria Studios in Miami). At first, they recruited producer Richard Perry, but they parted company after only a couple of weeks over the musical direction the group should take. At this point the Bee Gees decided to produce the album themselves, with Barry Gibb taking the lead role, along with engineer Karl Richardson. They added young musician and arranger Albhy Galuten to the control room as musical adviser. The new team saw the group through a series of top selling recordings over the next four years.

The album was recorded from 19 January to 30 March, when they recorded "You Should Be Dancing", "Love So Right", "Subway", "Love Me", "You Stepped Into My Life", "The Way It Was", "Walk Before You Run" (unreleased), "The Feel" (unreleased) and "Lovers". All the songs were finished in Quebec, except the two unreleased songs and "Walk Before You Run" which was written by Barry Gibb with Stephen Stills. From 2 April to 26 May, the group recorded songs in Le Studio, Quebec. The unreleased songs "Boogie Summer" and "Tomorrow Night" recorded in April in Quebec were originally included on the album but replaced by the songs "Can't Keep a Good Man Down" and "Boogie Child" recorded on 6 May. "Rest Your Love on Me" (recorded 2 May) was not included on the album but it was used as the B-side of "Too Much Heaven" in 1978.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

Bruce Eder of Allmusic describes this album as the group's second R&B album and described "Love So Right" as a "beautiful soul ballad".[1]

The effort succeeded, as the new album produced three hit singles, including a No. 1 in the US, just like its predecessor Main Course. It also featured the hit singles "Love So Right" and "Boogie Child" which peaked at No. 3 and No. 12 respectively in the US "Love Me" was made a hit by Yvonne Elliman and "You Stepped into My Life" was recorded by Wayne Newton in 1979.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Lead vocal(s) Length
1. "You Should Be Dancing"   Barry 4:16
2. "You Stepped Into My Life"   Barry 3:25
3. "Love So Right"   Barry 3:34
4. "Lovers"   Barry and Robin 3:36
5. "Can't Keep a Good Man Down"   Barry and Robin 4:43
Side two
No. Title Lead vocal(s) Length
1. "Boogie Child"   Barry 4:12
2. "Love Me" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb) Robin and Barry 4:01
3. "Subway"   Barry 4:24
4. "The Way It Was" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Blue Weaver) Barry 3:19
5. "Children of the World"   Barry 3:07

Personnel[edit]

Bee Gees
Bee Gees Band
Additional personnel
  • Joe Lala – percussion
  • Gary Brown – saxophone
  • George "Chocolate" Perry – bass guitar on "Subway" and "The Way It Was"
  • Stephen Stills – percussion on "You Should Be Dancing"
  • Peter Graves – horns
  • Whit Sidener – horns
  • Kenny Faulk – horns
  • Neil Bonsanti – horns
  • Bill Purse – horns
Production
  • Karl Richardson – engineer, producer
  • John Blanche – engineer
  • Ed Marshal – engineer
  • Nick Balgona – additional engineering
  • Albhy Galuten – producer

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. Children of the World at AllMusic
  2. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1976". 
  3. ^ Kent, David. Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "Top Albums/CDs – Volume 26, No. 7". RPM. 13 November 1976. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Hit Parade Italia – Gli album più venduti del 1976" (in Italian). hitparadeitalia.it. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "charts.org.nz Bee Gees – Children of the World" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "norwegiancharts.com Bee Gees – Children of the World" (ASP). Hung Medien. VG-lista. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "swedishcharts.com Bee Gees – Children of the World" (ASP). Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "Allmusic: Children of the World : Charts & Awards : Billboard Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Album Search: Bee Gees – Children of the World" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "RPM Top Albums/CDs – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, Top 100 Albums of 1976". RPM. 8 January 1977. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1977". billboard.biz. Archived from the original on 15 January 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Bee Gees – Children of the World". Music Canada. 
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Bee Gees – Children of the World". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH