Robin’s The Titanic Requiem was released at the end of March, just ahead of the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of Titanic in the North Atlantic. Excerpts appeared on Robin’s web site starting in December 2011.
Robin had suffered from serious health problems throughout 2011, and despite some improvements at times, by April 2012 he was not well enough to appear at the concert performance of ‘The Titanic Requiem’ in London, where he had hoped to sing one song. He died on May 20.
Barry became active in the later part of the year. He performed a few songs at the Grand Ole Opry, and announced a short tour of venues in Australia and New Zealand in early 2013.
No new songs.
Ricky Skaggs — vocal, guitar
Barry Gibb — vocal
Andy Leftwich — fiddle
Cody Kilby — guitar
Paul Brewster — guitar, vocal
Eddie Faris — guitar, vocal
Justin Moses — banjo
Scott Mulvahill — bass
producer: Ricky Skaggs, Gordon Kennedy
Barry Gibb, Ashley Gibb, Stephen Gibb (2007)
undated 2012, July 2012
stereo 5:02, lead vocal Ricky Skaggs, Barry Gibb
Music to My Ears, Sep 2012
Barry added vocals in July to a song recorded in June or earlier. Ricky Skaggs’s band is called Kentucky Thunder.
The Titanic Requiem
UK: Rhino, March 2012; US: April 2012
TRIUMPH (SHIP BUILDING)
02 FAREWELL (THE IMMIGRANT SONG)
03 MAIDEN VOYAGE
04 NEW YORK SUITE IN C MAJOR
05 SUB ASTRIS (UNDER THE STARS)
07 SOS (TRACT)
08 DISTRESS (CONFUTATIS)
09 SALVATION (GRADUAL)
12 CHRISTMAS DAY
13 LIBERA ME
14 DON’T CRY ALONE
15 IN PARADISUM (AWAKENING)
Credited as ‘Composed by Robin Gibb and R J Gibb / performed by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’. The RSVP Voices provide choral singing, and three pieces near the end have vocal solos by Mario Frangoulis, Isabel Suckling, and Robin Gibb.
The ‘Requiem’ was composed and recorded in parts during 2010 and 2011. Robin’s emotional vocal on ‘Don’t Cry Alone’ was recorded in 2008 for a unreleased album, with a new orchestral arrangement added to it in 2010.
Ricky Skaggs : Music to My Ears
US: Skaggs Family, September 2012
Lead vocal by Barry on most of the song.