2015


The MAJOR event of this year is the Robin Gibb set Saved by the Bell released in June. It includes remastered copies of the songs from Robin’s Reign, which has been rare on CD, but even more importantly it offers more than two disks of unreleased recordings.

The other interesting event was Barry Gibb’s live performance of a rather good new song in March, and word that he was recording more new songs. In August an album length collection was being mixed for release. The master was made toward the end of the year for a release date rumored to be in the first half of 2016. Barry explained in August 2016 that the album was mastered twice, so probably the second one was the release in 2016. It does imply that most of the songs were done by August 2015 and that one or more were added later.

The least interesting event was yet another box set with remastered versions of the same old songs. The ten-year contract with Warners that promised box sets with outtakes and unheard songs fizzles out at the end of 2015 with the imaginatively titled 1974-1979.


songs


HOME TRUTH SONG
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
US copyright Mar 2015, with CD. album cut by Barry Gibb, 2016

MIDNIGHT IN MEMPHIS
Barry Gibb
US copyright Aug 2015, with CD. no record

MEANING OF THE WORD
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
US copyright Aug 2015, with CD. album cut by Barry Gibb, 2016

THE LONG GOODBYE
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
US copyright Aug 2015. album cut by Barry Gibb, 2016

DON’T MAKE ME CRY
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
US copyright Aug 2015, with CD. no record

CROSS TO BEAR
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
US copyright Aug 2015, with CD. album cut by Barry Gibb, 2016

IN THE NOW
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
US copyright Aug 2015, with CD. album cut by Barry Gibb, 2016

AMY IN COLOUR
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
US copyright Aug 2015, with CD. album cut by Barry Gibb, 2016

BLOWING A FUSE
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
US copyright Aug 2015, with CD. album cut by Barry Gibb, 2016

DIAMONDS
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
US copyright Aug 2015, with CD. album cut by Barry Gibb, 2016

END OF THE RAINBOW
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
written 2012. US copyright Aug 2015, with CD. album cut by Barry Gibb, 2016

ANGELS
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb
US copyright Nov 2015. Film soundtrack, 2016

The above titles are mostly for the Barry Gibb album In the Now that was released in 2016. ‘Home Truth Song’ was the first copyright, because Barry performed it live in March. It is possible some other songs were done by then, but Barry spoke about doing a lot of writing and recording during this year. He mentioned singing ‘End of the Rainbow’— perhaps not in final form— to Robin near the end of his life in 2012. There are two songs not used on the album and one, ‘Angels’, that was written specifically for a film soundtrack.


recording sessions


Barry Gibb

Barry Gibb — vocal, guitar
Stephen Gibb — guitar
Doug Emery — keyboards
Lee Levin — drums, percussion
Julio Hernandez — bass guitar
Dan Warner — guitar
Ben Stivers — keyboards
Richard Bravo — percussion
Greg Leisz — steel guitar (‘End of the Rainbow’)
arranger: Doug Emery
producer: Barry Gibb, John Merchant
various dates, mostly 2015, Hit Factory, Miami

Not much is known of the dates, but Barry definitely was busy recording during April and May, and his live version of ‘Home Truth Song’ in March has the same arrangement as the studio recording. An end date in summer 2015 is likely since the US copyright office has filings dated August 18 for all the new songs. Barry is known to tinker with recordings after they seem to be finished, so he and this band may have done more work after the filing date that did not change the song copyrights.

Three of the songs are older. The credits in the CD booklet list, toward the end as shown here, Dan Warner, Richard Bravo, and even Ben Stivers, who worked with Barry years earlier, and that raises suspicion that one or more of the older songs are older recordings or include tracks from older recordings with new material. This will probably never be clarified. Doug Emery’s writer credit for ‘Shadows’ was dropped, and Stephen was added to ‘Star Crossed Lovers’, suggesting that someone was having trouble keeping track of things.

The songs are given here in the order found on the CD, since no other order is known.

IN THE NOW
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2015)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

GRAND ILLUSION
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb, Douglas Emery (2009)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

STAR CROSSED LOVERS
Barry Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2004)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

BLOWIN’ A FUSE
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2015)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

HOME TRUTH SONG
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2015)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

MEANING OF THE WORD
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2015)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

CROSS TO BEAR
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2015)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

SHADOWS
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb, Douglas Emery (2008)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

AMY IN COLOUR
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2015)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

THE LONG GOODBYE
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2015)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

DIAMONDS
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2015)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016

END OF THE RAINBOW
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2015)
undated 2015
stereo , lead vocal Barry Gibb
In the Now, Oct 2016


Vusi Mahlasela with Barry Gibb

Vusi Mahlasela — vocal
others unknown
engineer: John Merchant
producer:
late 2015

ANGELS
Barry Gibb, Stephen Gibb, Ashley Gibb (2015)
undated 2015
stereo 3:50, lead vocal Vusi Mahlasela
A side, October 2016 stereo 3:50, lead vocal Vusi Mahlasela, Barry Gibb
unreleased

This song was recorded for the film Shepherds and Butchers and runs over the closing credits. Vusi Mahlasela is a very popular singer in South Africa, the locale of the story. The vocal track with Barry singing the second verse and some backing vocal was not used for the single, which has instead Vusi singing all of the vocal.


selected record releases


Bee Gees : 1974-1979
US: Rhino, March 2015; UK: Rhino March 2015.

Mr Natural
01 CHARADE (1974)
02 THROW A PENNY (1974)
03 DOWN THE ROAD (1974)
04 VOICES (1974)
05 GIVE A HAND, TAKE A HAND (1974)
06 DOGS (1974)
07 MR NATURAL (1974)
08 LOST IN YOUR LOVE (1974)
09 I CAN’T LET YOU GO (1974)
10 HEAVY BREATHING (1974)
11 HAD A LOT OF LOVE LAST NIGHT (1974)

Main Course
01 NIGHTS ON BROADWAY (1975)
02 JIVE TALKIN’ (1975)
03 WIND OF CHANGE (1975)
04 SONGBIRD (1975)
05 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) (1975)
06 ALL THIS MAKING LOVE (1975)
07 COUNTRY LANES (1975)
08 COME ON OVER (1975)
09 EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE (1975)
10 BABY AS YOU TURN AWAY (1975)

Children of the World
01 YOU SHOULD BE DANCING (1976)
02 YOU STEPPED INTO MY LIFE (1976)
03 LOVE SO RIGHT (1976)
04 LOVERS (1976)
05 CAN’T KEEP A GOOD MAN DOWN (1976)
06 BOOGIE CHILD (1976)
07 LOVE ME (1976)
08 SUBWAY (1976)
09 THE WAY IT WAS(1976)
10 CHILDREN OF THE WORLD (1976)

Spirits Having Flown
01 TRAGEDY (1979)
02 TOO MUCH HEAVEN (1978)
03 LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT (1979)
04 REACHING OUT (1979)
05 SPIRITS (HAVING FLOWN)(1979)
06 SEARCH, FIND (1979)
07 STOP (THINK AGAIN) (1979)
08 LIVING TOGETHER (1979)
09 I’M SATISFIED (1979)
10 UNTIL (1979)

The Miami Years
01 STAYIN’ ALIVE (1977)
02 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE (1977)
03 NIGHT FEVER (1977)
04 MORE THAN A WOMAN (1977)
05 EMOTION (2001)
06 WARM RIDE (2007)
07 (OUR LOVE) DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY (1979)
08 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU (1977)
09 REST YOUR LOVE ON ME (1978)
10 IT DOESN’T MATTER MUCH TO ME (1974)
11 STAYIN’ ALIVE (1978)

Nothing new here. The best we can say is that the remaster of the relatively obscure Mr Natural album sounds noticeably better. The others may have been remastered. The last disk is a new compilation of non-album cuts from this period including of course the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack songs. Samantha Sang’s version of ‘Emotion’, with a lot of Barry Gibb vocal, was issued in 1977, but this Bee Gees version was recorded in 1994 and released in 2001, so it does not quite fit. The set seems nicely complete for 1974-1979 until you remember that they recorded songs for All This and World War II and Sgt Pepper that no one wants to talk about.


Robin Gibb : Saved by the Bell
US: Rhino, June 2015; UK: Rhino June 2015.

Robin’s Reign ...Plus
01 AUGUST OCTOBER (1970)
02 GONE GONE GONE (1970)
03 THE WORST GIRL IN THIS TOWN (1970)
04 GIVE ME A SMILE (1970)
05 DOWN CAME THE SUN (1970)
06 MOTHER AND JACK (1969)
07 SAVED BY THE BELL (1969)
08 WEEKEND (1969)
09 FARMER FERDINAND HUDSON (1970)
10 LORD BLESS ALL (1970)
11 MOST OF MY LIFE (1970)
12 ONE MILLION YEARS (1969)
13 HUDSON’S FALLEN WIND
14 SAVED BY THE BELL (1969)
15 MOTHER AND JACK (1969)
16 ONE MILLION YEARS (1969)
17 WEEKEND (1969)
18 AUGUST OCTOBER (1970)
19 GIVE ME A SMILE (1970)
20 LORD BLESS ALL

Sing Slowly Sisters — Sessions
01 SING SLOWLY SISTERS
02 LIFE
03 C’EST LA VIE, AU REVOIR
04 EVERYTHING IS HOW YOU SEE ME
05 I’VE BEEN HURT
06 SKY WEST AND CROOKED
07 IRONS IN THE FIRE
08 COLD BE MY DAYS
09 AVALANCHE
10 ENGINES AEROPLANES
11 THE FLAG I FLEW
12 RETURN TO AUSTRIA
13 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE
14 ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
15 A VERY SPECIAL DAY
16 GREAT CAESAR’S GHOST
17 ANYWHERE I HANG MY HAT
18 LOUD AND CLEAR
19 RETURN TO AUSTRIA
20 WHY NOT CRY TOGETHER

Robin’s Rarities
01 ALEXANDRIA GOOD TIME
02 JANICE
03 LOVE JUST GOES
04 AGOSTO OTTOBRE
05 UN MILIONE DE ANI
06 SAVED BY THE BELL (radio 1969)
07 talk (radio 1970)
08 AUGUST OCTOBER (radio 1970)
09 WEEKEND (radio 1970)
10 GIVE ME A SMILE (radio 1970)
11 talk (radio 1969)
12 THE BAND WILL MEET MR JUSTICE
13 THE PEOPLE’S PUBLIC POKE SONG
14 INDIAN GIN AND WHISKY DRY
15 THE GIRL TO SHARE EACH DAY
16 COME SOME HALLOWEEN OR CHRISTMAS DAY
17 HEAVEN IN MY HANDS
18 MOST OF MY LIFE
19 GOODBYE GOOD WORLD
20 DOWN CAME THE SUN
21 DON’T GO AWAY
22 MOON ANTHEM
23 GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST

An overwhelming package of riches. Most of it is from Robin’s 14 months of solo recording (March 1969 to April 1970), with a few from 1968 and one from late 1970. All the titles above without years after them were newly released here, although some of them had circulated among fans for years in fair to poor quality.

The source material for Saved by the Bell was from stereo master tape in ‘the vault’ as much as possible, but sadly many songs were missing there. For the rest we owe a great deal of thanks to those collectors who were willing to share rare acetates and tapes for this project, and they are named in the booklet. Some of the songs survived in only one known copy. Andrew Sandoval also deserves great credit for his work in contacting people and mastering the songs from the varied available sources. The sound quality may flag a little occasionally on the songs that had to be rescued from mono test disks, but remember, this is the best we will ever get. And there are some very good ones here.


Bee Gees : You Should Be Dancing
proposed, 2015

01 JIVE TALKIN’ (1975)
02 YOU SHOULD BE DANCING (1976)
03 LOVE SO RIGHT (1976)
04 STAYIN’ ALIVE (1977)
05 NIGHTS ON BROADWAY (1975)
06 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE (1977)
07 TRAGEDY (1979)
08 (OUR LOVE) DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY (1979)
09 NIGHT FEVER (1977)
10 MORE THAN A WOMAN (1977)
11 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) (1975)
12 SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN (1979)
13 IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU (1977)
14 BOOGIE CHILD (1976)
15 LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT (1979)
16 TOO MUCH HEAVEN (1978)
17 EMOTION (2001)
18 WIND OF CHANGE (1975)

Apparently even Warners had enough of the hits collections. This was announced in September for release in November, but it was cancelled in October. Everything on it was on 1974-1979 released earlier this same year.