Bee Gees ‎– A Kick In The Head Is Worth Eight In The Pants

Polydor (2) ‎– 422-833790-2, Polydor (2) ‎– 7020-012
CDr, Album, Unofficial Release



© 1973 PolyGram international Music BV
Manufactured by DEMON records Malaysia

This previously unreleased album was produced in 1973, but was rejected by the record company and Robert Stigwood who simply thought that this album did not live up to The Bee Gees talent
<small>(from the back of the booklet)</small>

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February 13, 2015

Just received mine. It is very interesting. A rupture with the precedent but not really a rupture. It is the missing link between Life In A Tin Can and Mr Natural. It let see and understand the evolution of their music.
I don't understand why it was rejected. I think it is large better than Life In A Tin Can, and I'm a great Bee Gees' fan. Really a must to have.


February 13, 2010

This album by The Bee Gees is perhaps the one which is least known even the hardcore fans - many fans own everything by their favorite group - but not this album. Of course, this fact is closely connected to the one that it remained unreleased originally, but it has circulated several times as a bootleg.
Among the high spots here is surely the lead-off single, "Wouldn't I Be Someone", which is almost an epic with its lead guitar breaks and extended ending. But there are also several other outstanding tracks: The neat uptempo song "Losers And Lovers" with very nice lyrics and a very catchy melody. Then there is "Harry's Gate", a story song that seems to be about their childhood, even though the location of the so called "Harry's Gate" seems to be at Fifth Avenue, which is, as you will know, in New York City. "Where Is Your Sister" is a very touching song about a man who seems to have lost his lover and asks someone closely connected to her where she could be. Then there is "Home Again Rivers", a storytelling country song with - once again - a very intriguing melody. Other good tracks are "King And Country", "Life, Am I Wasting My Time" and "Castles In The Air".

The album as proposed would have looked like this (on an LP), notice that "Harry's Gate" had a crossfade into "Rocky L.A." and that "It Doesn't Matter Much To Me" was a different, slower version that the one heard here (the one heard here was later recorded as the B-Side of the "Mr. Natural"-Single, the original version was released on the British compilation LP "Gotta Get A Message To You".
A1: Elisa
A2: Wouldn't I Be Someone
A3: A Lonely Violin
A4: Losers And Lovers
A5: Home Again Rivers
A6: Dear Mr. Kissinger
A7: Jesus In Heaven

B1: Harry's Gate
B2: Rocky L.A.
B3: Castles In The Air
B4: Where Is Your Sister?
B5: It Doesn't Matter Much To Me
B6: King And Country
B7: Life, Am I Wasting My Time?



November 18, 2009
edited over 9 years ago
This is an impressive Bee Gees album. Better songs that the previous album, Life in a Tin Can, Kick wasn't released because Robert Stigwood, the Bee Gees manager didn't offer it Polydor: he didn't see any hits on it. With the Bee Gees off the radar in 1973 he didn't think it was worth the effort in pushing it. Shame.

There are some truly great recordings here. Forget though 3, and 11; forgive Robin for the meandering 5 which need a bridge; sit down in a dark room with headphones on to get the full glory of the melancholy of 6. Nos. 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12 and 14 are simply glorious. Marvel at the extended instrumental codas at the end of 1 and 9, a style first used on the unreleased Gilbert Green from 1967.

For any Bee Gees fan this is a must have. If you liked the 1967 and 1968 Bee Gees you'll love this album. I suspect however that when the final tracklist would be been prepared the religious overtones of 7; and the anti-Vietnam theme of 6 and 9 would have seen those excluded as not Bee Gees family-friendly.