Children of the World is the album released by the Bee Gees in September 1976. The first single, "You Should Be Dancing", went to number one 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.
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 Bee Gees recorded at the same studios (Criteria Studios in Miami). At first, The Bee Gees 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 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
Bruce Eder at 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.