Robin Gibb solo -- C/D?

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For my money, the most pure pop of the Brothers Gibb. Two genius orchpop records (Robin's Reign and the unreleased Sing Slowly Sisters), and three synth-pop entries in the 80s w/ several excitingly bouncy little numbers. And, of course, that wonderfully pained tenor...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 6 September 2003 22:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Robin's Reign is certainly a very nutty record. Sing Slowly Sisters even more so. But both contain simply extraordinary, unique music which must be heard. Even How Old Are You has some nifty moments. He has kind of blown it with all this Fame Academy lark, not to mention the v poor (what I heard of it anyway) longplayer from earlier this year.

But yes, my fave Gibb bro. So highly strung!

PS there was mention of Sing Slowly finally seeing release earlier this year, before Mo's unfortunate demise. Anyone know anything, or has this gone the way of the mooted-but-unforthcoming "Odessa Live On Stage" episode?

harveyw (harveyw), Sunday, 7 September 2003 08:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Well, there was that mention in Mojo of the record, which Robin said he never even remembered recording, but other than that, no. I think it was just a "maybe it'll be picked up by some nice reissue label at some point" mention more than anything.

Yeah, How Dare You has "Juliet, Another Lonely Night In New York (which he re-recorded on this last one) and He Can't Love You -- three of those tunes are first-rate synth-pop.

"Odessa Live"?

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 8 September 2003 00:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Well, i know two reissue labels that would absolutely jump at the chance to issue SSS, but it's probably caught up in Universal red tape. Just out of interest, NTI, what's your copy like soundwise? I've had a cassette for around 10 years which is 2 generations away from the (rather scratchy) acetate LP, & have often wondered whether it's worth upgrading to one of the CDs that's around. Is that version taken from a tape or vinyl copy?

While we're on the subject, and since it's now pretty clear that the Bee Gees will never record again under that name, isn't it about time that all their LPs were given a decent re-issue programme?? If the punter could actually buy a decent sounding version of any of their early LPs, with nice sleevenotes & bonus tracks (Mr Waller's Wailing Wall!! Cowman, Milk Your Cow!!, Deeply Deeply Me!!) I'm sure they'd undergo an upturn in their credibility, which has never been too high (not that that concerns them too much, and rightly so).

Odessa Live was mentioned in mojo maybe 3 years ago, not long after the LP had been featured in the Buried Treasure slot. It did seem to be a going concern (the brothers brought the subject up again in Mojo's 2 part-er from a couple of years back), but had to be cancelled for obvious reasons.

harveyw (harveyw), Monday, 8 September 2003 06:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I wouldn't exactly call it classic, although his Jeff Lyne produced 1983 album certainly had its moments.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Monday, 8 September 2003 11:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have a Russian(!!) CD-R w/ all the Robin and Barry solo stuff. Sound quality isn't that good--prob. the same as what you have--but I actually don't really mind that much. Strangely enough, though, "Return To Austria" isn't on there.

I actually wrote up SSS for Stylus's Lost Albums feature last week, if you're interested. What a great record.

I agree -- be nice to see a real reish programme. Do justice to the TON of unreleased stuff they have from that era...

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Monday, 8 September 2003 13:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
harvey - and you have ripped off the beegees in a song, thats good!

Jens (brighter), Monday, 20 October 2003 17:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
"Juliet" is a great, atmospheric song, the "Saved By The Bell" of synthpop. odd that it hit #1 in Germany but never charted in the UK ...

robin carmody (robin carmody), Saturday, 15 November 2003 17:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Classic in 1983. Otherwise, dud.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Saturday, 15 November 2003 17:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

you don't like "Saved By The Bell"?

robin carmody (robin carmody), Saturday, 15 November 2003 17:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Saved By The Bell" is too schlocky

His Jeff Lynne produced 1983 album was great tho.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Saturday, 15 November 2003 19:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Saved By The Bell" is an acquired taste, yes ... apparently there was a time when the Bee Gees' "World", which I now love, made me feel sick, and I can quite understand how and why that was.

Was "Juliet" a Jeff Lynne production? If so, it might be the best thing he's been involved with this side of "Xanadu" (ie post-1980).

robin carmody (robin carmody), Saturday, 15 November 2003 20:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Everything Jeff Lynne has ever touched has become magic anyway. He is one of the most underrated musical geniuses ever.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Saturday, 15 November 2003 23:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

even "Free As A Bird" and "Calling America"?

robin carmody (robin carmody), Saturday, 15 November 2003 23:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
it wanted to know if I am published walls have eyes and secret agent in CD and whichever hill a copy of the CD

ramiro ezequiel prieto, Monday, 15 March 2004 21:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Just busted SSS out again -- "A Very Special Day" gets me every time...

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 6 June 2007 04:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Thanks for reviving this thread - it made me seek out this, which I hadn't heard in about 23 years:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=2yNdxABpre0

Joseph McCombs, Thursday, 7 June 2007 04:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

Joseph, I have played "Boys Do Fall in Love" in my DJ sets a few times! So maybe you've heard it and just didn't notice...

xhuxk, Thursday, 7 June 2007 12:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

As noted above (and many years ago), Robin was always the most "pop" of the Gibb brothers.

Just dug out Robin's Reign again after some time -- it's every bit as good and awesomely over-orchestrated as I remember. "The Worst Girl In This Town," featuring a chorus wall of overdubbed Robins run through cavernous reverb, is particularly outstanding.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 7 June 2007 18:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah, I have both these records, and love "Mother and Jack" on Reign. I hope Rhino reissues them as part of their ongoing Bee Gees program.

whisperineddhurt, Friday, 8 June 2007 13:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

it wanted to know if I am published walls have eyes and secret agent in CD and whichever hill a copy of the CD

this dude got cheated out of memehood

J0hn D., Friday, 8 June 2007 14:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

just another vote for robins reign as an overlooked wonderpiece

mully, Friday, 8 June 2007 14:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

It should be noted that "Boys Do Fall In Love Aside," Secret Agent falls far short of How Old Are You? from 1983, which is just loaded with great synth pop tunes -- "Kathy's Gone" is my latest discovery/obsession from that record.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 8 June 2007 18:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Great Robin feature with the Bee Gees:

Best song on Odessa IMO...

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 24 December 2008 16:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So Robin is the one who sings in that low voice on the Bee Gees "Nights on Broadway," right? I wish he'd sing like that more often. Love it.

I just discovered How Old Are You? yesterday. Such feel-good synth-pop!

Patrick South, Friday, 13 February 2009 19:44 (eight years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

I don't think so -- it's him singing the "Well, I have to fahhhh-low you!!" part. Boy, I love that song, tho...

This is one of my faves of his solo stuff:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH4xWChyUos

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 9 January 2010 06:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Jamming this song daily
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3k3y7dykx0
I found Secret Agent at the station, too, and I think it sounds great. Haven't heard How Old Are You? but it's incredibly crepey title makes me want to.

Trip Maker, Saturday, 19 March 2011 01:21 (six years ago) Permalink

is the maurice gibb solo record ever going to be released?

buzza, Saturday, 19 March 2011 02:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Maurice has his own disc in the Mythology box. I checked the Robin disc out from my library, that's where I found Juliet.
I made a mental note to check out Maurice's disc next.

Trip Maker, Saturday, 19 March 2011 02:22 (six years ago) Permalink

this is pretty sweet
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGx4sBseM-Q

tylerw, Saturday, 19 March 2011 02:25 (six years ago) Permalink

From the Brothers official website "MYTHOLOGY also features the debut of a pair of previously unreleased Maurice Gibb tracks - "Angel Of Mercy" and "The Bridge." http://www.beegees.com/store/music/beegees-mythology/#more

Trip Maker, Saturday, 19 March 2011 02:28 (six years ago) Permalink

I really dig that demo of "Islands" -- the chorus has a perfect Bee Gees feel to it. Would love to hear it in better sound.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 19 March 2011 03:18 (six years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

robin's reign has been killing me recently. ridiculously deep music

guess i need to hunt down his synth pop stuff

is there a reasonable copy of sing slowly sisters floating around? the one i've been listening to sounds like a cassette dub. the wow and flutter kinda compliments the weirdness of the songs in a way tho

missingNO, Friday, 5 August 2011 12:04 (six years ago) Permalink

"janice" from sss is fucking incredible

missingNO, Friday, 5 August 2011 12:06 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Terrible

Trip Maker, Monday, 16 April 2012 15:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Bad news

i just believe in memes (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 16 April 2012 15:55 (five years ago) Permalink

very sad, if not entirely unexpected. played some Bee Gees this weekend

Jilly Boel and the Eltones (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 16 April 2012 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This is on the Bee Gees thread, too, but with all these half-assed Bee-Gees-obits-with-a-Few-Lines-About-Robin I've been seeing, I figured some solo Robin was appropriate here. If there's a more beautiful song than this, I haven't heard it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ernk3KeszcM

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 21 May 2012 01:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Love the chorus on this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Bkh9g37RY

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 21 May 2012 01:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm engaging in connecting-the-dots-around-the-recently-departed but he had a melancholy in his voice like few others, Richard Manuel being one of the few.

Ian Hunter Is Learning the Game (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 21 May 2012 01:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Yup:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFBIhA5aGRg

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 21 May 2012 01:28 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbjwR2GeztM

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 21 May 2012 01:29 (five years ago) Permalink

The "How Old Are You" album is a bit underrated, actually.

The GeirBot (Geir Hongro), Monday, 21 May 2012 07:41 (five years ago) Permalink

RIP Robin, a unique talent. I hope his solo work from the '69-'70 gets properly reissued but I fear a lot of it's probably gone or else only exists on scratchy acetates. Feel for poor old Barry, the oldest and the last.

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Monday, 21 May 2012 10:18 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah. poor barry. i can't bear to watch those videos of them as little kids on youtube right now.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 13:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Wow, I had been scarcely aware of Robin's solo work until now! I should know. I'll have to put it on my list!

โตเกียวเหมียวเหมียว aka Bulgarian Tourist Chamber (Mount Cleaners), Monday, 21 May 2012 13:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm engaging in connecting-the-dots-around-the-recently-departed but he had a melancholy in his voice like few others, Richard Manuel being one of the few.

He sounds like a folk singer to me! I mean, as in Mike Waterson not Bob Dylan or whatever.

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Monday, 21 May 2012 13:54 (five years ago) Permalink

robin gibb sounds like about nobody else IMO.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

he was also a goofy-looking motherfucker.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:01 (five years ago) Permalink

kinda weird how Barry and Brian Wilson both outlived their younger brothers

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:06 (five years ago) Permalink

kinda sad

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Monday, 21 May 2012 16:11 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Aaaaaaaaahhhhhh!

Οὖτις, Saturday, 18 April 2015 21:52 (two years ago) Permalink

yay

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 18 April 2015 22:45 (two years ago) Permalink

I hope his solo work from the '69-'70 gets properly reissued but I fear a lot of it's probably gone or else only exists on scratchy acetates.

2 Years On, we Robinauts have cause for celebration!

Quack and Merkt (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 April 2015 23:27 (two years ago) Permalink

I am stoked for this

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 19 April 2015 14:27 (two years ago) Permalink

co-sign!

fuck me, archipelago (Simon H.), Sunday, 19 April 2015 14:38 (two years ago) Permalink

Awesome! A few years ago, the bio on his official site had links throughout to ~30 second audio clips of various tracks, and at one point it casually mentioned the Sing Slowly Sisters album with no indication that it was never released, and there was a clip of the title track that was obviously of much better quality than the bootleg versions, so I had a feeling this was in the works, but yeah, super stoked that it's really happening!

Anyone hear 50 St. Catherine's Drive? Worth checking out imo.

cwkiii, Sunday, 19 April 2015 20:23 (two years ago) Permalink

hey guys
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BleEN89sc78

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:40 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

holy shit @ those tracks w the orchestra + choir, total eruo-bombast

Οὖτις, Friday, 12 June 2015 17:53 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Nice Uncut review of the Robin's Reign box:

http://ow.ly/OJ7Ib

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 28 June 2015 13:27 (two years ago) Permalink

Just had this delivered not 5 minutes ago.

holger sharkey (Tom D.), Monday, 29 June 2015 16:24 (two years ago) Permalink

All but the BBC sessions are on Spotify in the US. This lives up to the hope thus far. Sound is amazing -- you'd never know this was pulled together from old acetates.

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 30 June 2015 03:05 (two years ago) Permalink

OTM, Andrew Sandoval deserves some sort of award or medal or sumthin' for this.

holger sharkey (Tom D.), Tuesday, 30 June 2015 09:13 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Revive! As winter approaches, this music always sounds so appropriate – like the soundtrack to Ethan Frome or something.

Somehow, despite being ILM’s craziest Robin fan, I never bought the Saved By the Bell box and have only listened to it on Spotify.

It’s worth noting that “Hudson’s Fallen Wind”—the 12-minute epic suite from which Robin’s Reign’s “Farmer Ferdinand Hudson” is excerpted—is amazing. The sound throughout is incredible.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 7 December 2017 14:09 (one week ago) Permalink


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