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Maurice had a piano to play and electronics he was allowed to try out. Barry had precious time to work with his group to make recordings as good as those by the other performers who had recorded so many of his songs. The Bee Gees ended up recording two albums in 1966, the first delayed until they had a hit song to sell it, and the second finally scrapped and used as a publisher’s demo reel to sell the songs other performers.The hit was ‘Spicks and Specks’, their first national best-seller, but it came so late that they were on the boat to England when they heard about it.
Both Nat and Barry recall that the recording equipment was just two one-track tape decks and a mixer.But many Festival acts would make the trip to Hurstville to get the benefit of Ossie’s talents and the more relaxed artist-oriented atmosphere.Among them were the band Steve and the Board, led by Nat’s son Steve Kipner, all of whom became friends with the Bee Gees because both groups were allowed the run of the studio whenever it was not booked for other performers.The Bee Gees had never had much studio time before. Ossie let them experiment with sound effects and overdubs.The solution came when producer Nat Kipner offered to sign the boys to his newly formed label, Spin.Festival got distribution rights for Spin, the boys got promises of studio time and a producer who was going out of his way to work with them, and Nat Kipner got what he considered potentially the best group in Australia, built on the foundation of Barry’s proven talents.
Nat brought the Bee Gees to St Clair Studio, Hurstville, outside Sydney.
It was a small place in a strip mall owned and operated by Nat’s friend Ossie Byrne, an engineer who was working wonders with even more modest facilities than Festival Studio.
Barry, Robin, and Maurice worked together as a group to create and record their own songs.
Barry channelled much more of his songwriting— but not all— to the Bee Gees’ cause, and Robin and Maurice began to write too. Harmony singing remained important but was no longer the main purpose of the group.
Maurice improved greatly as an instrumentalist and he began his study of recording techniques. The reason for all this was a change in their recording contract.
Hugh Gibb, acting as the Bee Gees’ manager, argued with Fred Marks of Festival, the one claiming poor promotion and the other a lack of public interest.