Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Odessa is a studio album by the Bee Gees, released in 1969. It is their sixth album, the group''s fourth album released internationally, and their first released as a double LP. Odessa is noted in Robert Dimery''s book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. 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 late 1968, though he would rejoin the group in 1970.