Capitol started off their series of Bee Gees releases with Bee Gees YAGH!! Yet Another Greatest Hits. All right that is not really the title. If only it was! Ha ha. The title is Timeless, as in ‘this album could have come out any time in the past thirty years’. Oh why am I complaining? After all there should be a greatest hits set available. It’s just that fans hoped Capitol might kick off their handling of the Bee Gees legacy with something more interesting. In desperation the press release says the songs are ‘sequenced in chronological order’. They really tried to find something new about it.
Capitol are also putting out the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack album on two LPs. If you can’t play LPs, note that the Bee Gees songs are all on Timeless.
Meanwhile— Led by Maurice’s daughter Samantha, children of the brothers got together under the name Gibb Collective for an album of Bee Gees songs that does include some less common titles, starting with the title track Please Don’t Turn Out the Lights, to be released in June.
No new songs are known.
No sessions are known.
Bee Gees : Timeless
Capitol, April 2017.
SPICKS AND SPECKS (1966)
02 NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941 (1967)
03 TO LOVE SOMEBODY (1967)
04 MASSACHUSETTS (1967)
05 WORDS (1968)
06 I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU (1968)
07 I STARTED A JOKE (1968)
08 LONELY DAYS (1970)
09 HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART (1971)
10 JIVE TALKIN’ (1975)
11 NIGHTS ON BROADWAY (1975)
12 FANNY (BE TENDER WITH MY LOVE) (1975)
13 YOU SHOULD BE DANCING (1976)
14 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE (1977)
15 STAYIN’ ALIVE (1977)
16 NIGHT FEVER (1977)
17 MORE THAN A WOMAN (1977)
18 TOO MUCH HEAVEN (1978)
19 TRAGEDY (1979)
20 LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT (1979)
21 YOU WIN AGAIN (1987)
I suppose it’s a start if you don’t own any of this already. And you won’t need to buy Saturday Night Fever just to get the Bee Gees songs.
Gibb Collective : Please Don’t Turn Out
MEG Productionhouse, June 2017.
Samantha : NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941
02 Spencer : DON’T FALL IN LOVE WITH ME
03 Samantha and Adam : MORNING OF MY LIFE [IN THE MORNING]
04 Stephen : ON TIME
05 Adam and Samantha : ANGEL OF MERCY
06 Spencer, Stephen, Adam, Peta, Samantha : PLEASE DON’T TURN OUT THE LIGHTS
07 Travis, Samantha : I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU
08 Peta : FOOL FOR A NIGHT
09 Berri : I CAN’T SEE NOBODY
10 Robin John : I STARTED A JOKE
Identified above by first name, the singers are some of the ‘next generation’, namely Barry Gibb’s sons Stephen and Travis, Robin Gibb’s sons Spencer and Robin John (RJ), Maurice Gibb’s daughter Samantha and son Adam, Andy Gibb’s daughter Peta, and the ringer, Berri Gibb Rhoades, the brothers’ ‘youngest sister’. The first song recorded was ‘New York Mining Disaster’, which inspired Samantha to start rounding up as many cousins as possible to record more songs, on many dates in many places. The collection was engineered by Lazaro Rodriguez, Samantha’s professional partner of many years.