Main Course is the Bee Gees' thirteenth album, released in 1975 for the RSO label, and their last album to be released by Atlantic Records in the U.S. under its distribution deal with Robert Stigwood. This album marked a change for the Bee Gees as it was their first album to include disco hits, and it created the model for their output through the rest of the 1970s.
Working with Atlantic producer Arif Mardin, who had also produced their previous album, Mr. Natural, and engineer Karl Richardson at Criteria Studios in Miami, their music became much more influenced by dance music, primarily the Caribbean-styled proto-disco being produced in Miami at the time. Main Course also featured the first prominent use of Barry Gibb's falsetto. The album cover was designed by US artist Drew Struzan.
The sound became more technological with the use of synthesizers and dual bass lines (synthesizer bass by Blue Weaver and bass guitar by Maurice Gibb) on many of the songs, which came about after Weaver overdubbed a synthesizer bass line on the original demo of "Jive Talkin'." Weaver later commented that "nothing new has been invented to make such a tremendous difference to the sound as the...