Tag: Bee Gees

Friday 11/11/22 1am ET: Feature Live LP: Bee Gees – Here At Last Live

Here at Last… Bee Gees… Live is the first live album by the Bee Gees. It was recorded on December 20, 1976 at the LA Forum and was released in May 1977 by RSO Records. It reached No. 8 in the US, No. 8 in Australia, No. 1 in New Zealand and No. 2 in Spain.

“I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” 4:02
“Love So Right” 4:47
“Edge of the Universe” 5:15
“Come on Over” 3:25
“Can’t Keep a Good Man Down” 4:47
“New York Mining Disaster 1941” 2:16
Medley (“Run to Me” / “World”) 2:33
Medley (“Holiday” / “I Can’t See Nobody” / “I Started a Joke” / “Massachusetts”) 7:14
“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” 3:45
“To Love Somebody” 4:08
“You Should Be Dancing” 9:22
“Boogie Child” 5:02
“Down the Road” 4:32
“Words” 4:19
“Wind of Change” 4:42
“Nights on Broadway” 4:41
“Jive Talkin'” 5:03
“Lonely Days” 4:12

Barry Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Robin Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals
Maurice Gibb – bass guitar, harmony vocals
Alan Kendall – lead guitar
Dennis Bryon – drums
Blue Weaver – keyboards, synthesiser
Geoff Westley – keyboards
Joey Murcia – lead or rhythm guitar
Joe Lala – percussion

Tuesday 9/21/22 1am ET: Feature Live LP: Bee Gees – One Night Only (1998)

One Night Only is a live album and DVD/Blu-ray by the Bee Gees. It features the group’s concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas November 14, 1997 and includes many of their greatest hits. Released September 7, 1998.

The CD is edited, with some songs omitted, though the DVD version of the concert is complete. The album was reissued in 1999, and included a bonus CD with the missing songs. The CD and DVD cover features the band replicating their iconic Saturday Night Fever pose. The concert was re-released on SD Blu-ray by Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2013. The re-release provides superior audio quality than what is possible on DVD, but video is only marginally improved (the standard-definition video is now up-scaled to 1080i).

The Bee Gees performed songs from every decade from the 1960s to the ’90s. They also sang a tribute song to their late brother Andy Gibb, “(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away”. During this song old footage of Andy is shown, including him singing the second verse of the song. The vocals from the original recording also play during that section. Céline Dion guest-starred on the Bee Gees-penned “Immortality”. Recorded vocals by Frankie Valli are featured during “Grease”, and are also taken from the original song.

The album’s title was originally meant to reflect the band’s plan that the Las Vegas concert would be their final live performance ever. Barry Gibb’s arthritis in his back had worsened to the point where it seemed it would be impossible for him to continue playing. He nonetheless wanted to expand the tour, so they played several more shows, holding one every two weeks so that Barry would be able to recover from his injury.

“Intro: You Should Be Dancing/Alone” 5:47
“Massachusetts” 2:32
“To Love Somebody” 3:10
“Words” 3:27
“Closer Than Close” 3:30
“Islands in the Stream” 3:47
“(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away” (featuring Andy Gibb) 3:52
“Night Fever/More Than a Woman” 3:26
“Lonely Days” 3:44
“New York Mining Disaster 1941” 2:15
“I Can’t See Nobody” 1:30
“And the Sun Will Shine” 1:54
“Nights on Broadway” 1:05
“How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” 3:27
“Heartbreaker” 1:05
“Guilty” 2:21
“Immortality” (featuring Celine Dion) 4:46
“Tragedy” 4:28
“I Started a Joke” 2:48
“Grease” (featuring Frankie Valli) 2:43
“Jive Talkin'” 4:19
“How Deep Is Your Love” 3:54
“Stayin’ Alive” 3:59
“You Should Be Dancing” 4:12

Barry Gibb – guitar, vocals
Robin Gibb – vocals
Maurice Gibb – keyboards, guitar, vocals
Alan Kendall – lead guitar
Stephen Gibb – lead and rhythm guitar
Ben Stivers – keyboards
Matt Bonelli – bass guitar
Steve Rucker – drums
John Merchant – off-stage keyboards, mix engineer
Celine Dion – vocals on “Immortality”
Andy Gibb – pre-recorded vocals on “Our Love (Don’t Throw It All Away)”
Frankie Valli – pre-recorded vocals on “Grease”

Sunday 8/7/22 1pm ET: Feature LP: Bee Gees – Children of The World (1976)

Children of the World, released September 13, 1976, album by the Bee Gees. The first single, “You Should Be Dancing”, went to No. 1 in the US and Canada, and was a top ten hit in numerous other territories. It was the group’s fourteenth album (twelfth internationally). The album was re-issued on CD by Reprise Records and Rhino Records in 2006. This was the first record featuring the Gibb-Galuten-Richardson production team which would have many successful collaborations in the following years.

  1. “You Should Be Dancing” 4:16
  2. “You Stepped Into My Life” 3:25
  3. “Love So Right” 3:34
  4. “Lovers” 3:36
  5. “Can’t Keep a Good Man Down” 4:43
  6. “Boogie Child” 4:12
  7. “Love Me” 4:01
  8. “Subway” 4:24
  9. “The Way It Was” 3:19
  10. “Children of the World” 3:07

Barry Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals, rhythm guitar
Robin Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals
Maurice Gibb – harmony and backing vocals; bass guitar except #3, 4
Alan Kendall – lead guitar
Dennis Bryon – drums
Blue Weaver – keys, synth, piano, Arp, Moog Synthesizer
Joe Lala – percussion
Gary Brown – saxophone
George “Chocolate” Perry – bass guitar on #3, 4 (side 2)
Stephen Stills – percussion on #1 (side 1)
Peter Graves, Whit Sidener, Kenny Faulk, Neil Bonsanti, Bill Purse – horn

Thursday 2/17/22 11am ET: Feature LP: Bee Gees – Still Waters (1997)

Still Waters is the twenty-first and penultimate studio album by the pop group the Bee Gees, released on March 10, 1997 in the UK by Polydor Records, and on May 6 the same year in the US by A&M Records.

  1. “Alone” 4:49
  2. “I Surrender” 4:18
  3. “I Could Not Love You More” 3:43
  4. “Still Waters Run Deep” 4:08
  5. “My Lover’s Prayer” 4:00
  6. “With My Eyes Closed” 4:19
  7. “Irresistible Force” 4:36
  8. “Closer Than Close” 4:34
  9. “I Will” 5:08
  10. “Obsessions” 4:43
  11. “Miracles Happen” 4:12
  12. “Smoke and Mirrors” 5:00

Barry Gibb – vocals, guitar, drum programming
Robin Gibb – vocals

Maurice Gibb – vocals, keyboards, guitar
Alan Kendall – guitar

Steve Lukather – guitar
Mike Porcaro – bass guitar (“Alone”)
Gregg Bissonette – drums (“Alone”, “I Surrender”)
Leland Sklar – bass guitar (“I Surrender”)
Steve Porcaro – keyboards (“Alone”)
David Paich – keyboards
David Foster – keyboards

Michael Thompson – guitar
Dean Parks – guitar
Steve Skinner – keyboards, synthesizer
Steve Jordan – drums
Robbie Kondor – keyboards
Jeff Bova – synthesizer bass, keyboards
Alan Clark – keyboards

Rob Mounsey – keyboard
Marc Schulman – guitars
George “Chocolate” Perry – bass
Anthony Jackson – bass
Jimmy Bralower – programming, percussion
Dave Halpem – percussion

Ralph MacDonald – percussion
Russ Titelman – programming
David Elliot – drums
Raphael Saadiq – programming, bass, guitar, vocals
Kelvin Wooten – keyboards

Spanky Alford – guitar
Carl Verhyn – guitar
Joe Mardin – drum programming
Mike McAvoy – keyboards, guitar
Pino Palladino – bass
Peter John Vettese – keyboards, programming
Manu Katché – drums
Waddy Wachtel – guitar

Thursday 1/20/22 10pm ET: Feature LP: Bee Gees – Spirits Having Flown (1979)

Spirits Having Flown is the fifteenth album released by the Bee Gees on February 5, 1979. It was the group’s first album after their collaboration on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. The album’s first three tracks were released as singles and all reached No. 1 in the US, giving the Bee Gees an unbroken run of six US chart-toppers in a one-year period and equaling a feat shared by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles. It was the first Bee Gees album to make the UK top 40 in ten years (not counting the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever), as well as being their first and only UK No. 1 album. Spirits Having Flown also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, and the US. And went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.

Spirits Having Flown marked the tail end of the band’s most successful era, prior to a severe downturn in the early 1980s when they were subject to a near-total radio blackout (particularly in America) that Robin Gibb would refer to as “censorship” and “evil” in interviews.

  1. “Tragedy” 5:03
  2. “Too Much Heaven” 4:55
  3. “Love You Inside Out” 4:11
  4. “Reaching Out” 4:05
  5. “Spirits (Having Flown)” 5:19
  6. “Search, Find” 4:13
  7. “Stop (Think Again)” 6:40
  8. “Living Together” 4:21
  9. “I’m Satisfied” 3:55
  10. “Until” 2:27

Barry Gibb – vocals, rhythm guitar
Robin Gibb – harmony and backing vocals, lead vocals on “Too Much Heaven” and “Living Together”

Maurice Gibb – harmony and backing vocals, bass, lead vocals on “Too Much Heaven”
Alan Kendall – lead guitar
Dennis Bryon – drums
Blue Weaver – synthesiser, piano, keyboards, vibraphone, Arp

Neal Bonsanti – horns
Gary Brown – saxophone
Harold Cowart – bass
Ken Faulk – horns
Albhy Galuten – synthesiser, bass, conductor
Peter Graves – Horns
Joe Lala – percussion, conga

Lee Loughnane – horns on “Too Much Heaven” and “Search, Find”
Herbie Mann – flute
James Pankow – horns on “Too Much Heaven” and “Search, Find”
Walter Parazaider – horns on “Too Much Heaven” and “Search, Find”
Bill Purse – horns
Whit Sidener – horns
George Terry – guitar
Stan Webb – horns
Daniel Ben Zubulon – percussion, conga

Wednesday 12/29/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Bee Gees – The Very Best of The Bee Gees (1990)

The Very Best of the Bee Gees is a greatest hits album by British/Australian pop group the Bee Gees. It was originally released in November 1990 by Polydor Records, around the time as the Tales from the Brothers Gibb box set. The album was primarily aimed at the European market, as shown by the exclusion of the US hits “Holiday”, “I Started a Joke”, “Lonely Days”, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart” and “Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)”.

  1. “New York Mining Disaster 1941” 2:11
  2. “To Love Somebody” 3:01
  3. “Massachusetts” 2:23
  4. “World” 3:14
  5. “Words” 3:15
  6. “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You” 3:07
  7. “First of May” 2:48
  8. “Don’t Forget to Remember” 3:28
  9. “Run to Me” 3:06
  10. “Jive Talkin'” 3:43
  11. “Nights on Broadway” 4:26
  12. “You Should Be Dancing” 4:46
  13. “How Deep Is Your Love” 4:02
  14. “More Than a Woman” 3:15
  15. “Stayin’ Alive” 4:42
  16. “Night Fever” 3:30
  17. “Too Much Heaven” 4:56
  18. “Tragedy” 5:02
  19. “You Win Again” 3:57
  20. “Ordinary Lives” 4:05

Sunday 11/14/21 5pm ET: Feature LP: Bee Gees – One (1989)

One is the Bee Gees’ eighteenth studio album (sixteenth worldwide), released in April 1989 (August 1989 in the United States).

  1. “Ordinary Lives” 4:01
  2. “One” 4:55
  3. “Bodyguard” 5:20
  4. “It’s My Neighborhood” 4:19
  5. “Tears” 5:16
  6. “Tokyo Nights” 3:56
  7. “Flesh and Blood” 4:43
  8. “Wish You Were Here” 4:44
  9. “House of Shame” 4:51
  10. “Will You Ever Let Me” 5:57
  11. “Wing and a Prayer” 4:05
  12. “You Win Again”
  13. “One” (edit) 3:50
  14. “One” (12″ dance version) 8:44
  15. “One” (12″ club mix) 9:02

Barry Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals; rhythm guitar
Robin Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals
Maurice Gibb – harmony and backing vocals, keyboard, synthesizer, acoustic and electric rhythm guitars, lead vocals (on “House of Shame”)
Peter-John Vettese – keyboards, synthesizer
Tim Cansfield – lead guitar
Alan Kendall – lead guitar; guitar solo on tracks (on “It’s My Neighborhood”, “Tokyo Nights” and “House of Shame”)
Nathan East – bass
Steve Ferrone – drums

Wednesday 9/1/21 12pm ET: Artist Countdown: Bee Gees Top 30 Hits

The Bee Gees were a pop music group formed in 1958 that consisted principally of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. Born on the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived in Chorlton, Manchester, England until the late 1950s. There, in 1955, they formed the skiffle/rock and roll group The Rattlesnakes. The family then moved to Redcliffe, in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia, and then to Cribb Island. The trio were successful for most of their decades of recording music, but they had two distinct periods of exceptional success: as a rock act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and as prominent performers of the disco-music era in the late 1970s.

1 Tragedy1979
2 Stayin’ Alive1977
3Massachusetts1967
4 Night Fever1978
5 I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You1968
6 Too Much Heaven1978
7 Words1968
8 Alone1997
9 Don’t Forget to Remember1969
10 How Deep Is Your Love1977
11 You Win Again1987
12 World1967
13 Tomorrow Tomorrow1969
14 You Should Be Dancing1976
15 Jive Talkin’1975
16 Lonely Days1970
17 My World1972
18 Immortality (Celine Dion with the Bee Gees)1998
19 I Started a Joke1968
20 Love You Inside Out1979
21 Jumbo1968
22 I.O.I.O.1970
23New York Mining Disaster 19411967
24 Run to Me1972
25To Love Somebody1967
26 Nights on Broadway1975
27 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart1970
28 Paying the Price of Love1993
29 This Is Where I Came In2001
30 Love So Right1976

Thursday 6/3/21 2pm ET: Sounds of 2000

Featuring music from 2000 – 2009. This week music from Fantasia, Disturbed, Cher, Elton John, Santana, Bo Bice, Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas and more . . .

Thursday 5/20/21 2pm ET: Sounds of 2000

Featuring music from 2000 – 2009. This week music from Daniel Bedingfield, Christina Aguilera, Bee Gees, Kid Rock, George Strait, Dian Diaz, Baha Men, Bo Bice, Celine Dion, Sugarland, P!nk, and more . .

Monday 5/17/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977)

Saturday Night Fever is the soundtrack album from the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever starring John Travolta. The soundtrack was released on November 15, 1977. It is one of the best-selling albums in history, and remains the second-biggest-selling soundtrack of all time, after The Bodyguard, selling 40 million copies worldwide (double-disc album).

In the United States, the album was certified 16× Platinum for shipments of at least 16 million units. The album stayed atop the charts for 24 straight weeks from January to July 1978 and stayed on Billboard’s album charts for 120 weeks until March 1980. In the UK, the album spent 18 consecutive weeks at No. 1. The album epitomized the disco phenomenon on both sides of the Atlantic and was an international sensation. The album has been added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress for being culturally significant.

  1. “Stayin’ Alive” (performed by Bee Gees) 4:45
  2. “How Deep Is Your Love” (performed by Bee Gees) 4:05
  3. “Night Fever” (performed by Bee Gees) 3:32
  4. “More Than a Woman” (performed by Bee Gees) 3:18
  5. “If I Can’t Have You” (performed by Yvonne Elliman) 3:00
  6. “A Fifth of Beethoven” (performed by Walter Murphy) 3:03
  7. “More Than a Woman” (performed by Tavares) 3:17
  8. “Manhattan Skyline” (performed by David Shire) 4:45
  9. “Calypso Breakdown” (performed by Ralph MacDonald) 7:51
  10. “Night on Disco Mountain” (performed by David Shire) 5:13
  11. “Open Sesame” (performed by Kool & the Gang) 3:59
  12. “Jive Talkin’ ” (performed by Bee Gees) 3:44
  13. “You Should Be Dancing” (performed by Bee Gees) 4:14
  14. “Boogie Shoes” (performed by KC and the Sunshine Band) 2:17
  15. “Salsation” (performed by David Shire) 3:51
  16. “K-Jee” (performed by MFSB) 4:13
  17. “Disco Inferno” (performed by The Trammps) 10:51

Barry Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocals, rhythm guitar (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Robin Gibb – lead vocals (track 2), harmony and backing vocals (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Maurice Gibb – bass, harmony and backing vocals (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Alan Kendall – electric guitar (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Blue Weaver – keyboards, synthesizer, piano (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Dennis Bryon – drums, percussion (tracks 1–4, 12–13)
Joe Lala – percussion (tracks 1–4)
Stephen Stills – percussion (track 13)
Mike Baird – drums (track 10)
Michael Boddicker – synthesizer (tracks 8, 10)
Bob Bowles – guitar (tracks 5, 7)
Dennis Budimir – guitar (track 10)
Sonny Burke – piano (tracks 5, 7, 8); electric keyboards (track 15)
Eddie Cano – acoustic piano (track 15)
Mike Caruso – guitar (track 6)
Paulinho da Costa – percussion (tracks 5, 7)
Scott Edwards – bass (tracks 5, 10, 15)
Steve Forman – percussion (tracks 8, 10, 15)
James Gadson – drums (tracks 5, 7–8)
Ralph Grierson – keyboards (track 10)
Mitch Hoder – guitar (track 8)
Abraham Laboriel – bass (track 8)
Freddie Perren – synthesizer, keyboards, percussion (track 5)
Emil Richards – percussion (track 10)
Jerome Richardson – flute solo (track 15)
Tony Terran – trumpet solo (track 15)
Lee Ritenour – guitar (tracks 8, 10, 15)
David Shire – adaptation (track 10)
Mark Stevens – drums (track 15)
Chino Valdez – congas (track 15)
Bob Zimmitti – percussion (tracks 5, 7, 15)
John Tobler – liner notes
Bill Oakes – compilation, album supervision

Friday 2/19/21 12am ET: Feature LP: Bee Gees – This Is Where I Came In (2001)

This Is Where I Came In is the twenty-second and final studio album by the English pop group the Bee Gees. It was released on April 24, 2001 by Polydor in the UK and Universal in the US, just less than two years before Maurice Gibb’s unexpected death from a cardiac arrest before surgery to repair a twisted intestine.

It is the only album of all-new material released by them on the Universal Music label (which had acquired the rights to the group’s releases on Polydor Records when they bought that label’s parent PolyGram). The album peaked at No. 6 in the UK, while the single, “This Is Where I Came In”, reached No. 18. In the US, the album peaked at No. 16. The group appeared on the A&E concert series Live by Request in April 2001 to promote the new album.

The brothers saw the album as a return to the original Bee Gees formula as well as a new beginning. The album marked the fifth decade of recording for the band. It was one of the first Bee Gees albums to be re-released on Reprise Records in 2006, when the brothers regained the rights to all of their recordings.

1. “This Is Where I Came In” 4:55
2. “She Keeps on Coming” 3:57
3. “Sacred Trust” 4:53
4. “Wedding Day” 4:44
5. “Man in the Middle” 4:21
6. “Déjà vu” 4:17
7. “Technicolor Dreams” 3:05
8. “Walking on Air” 4:05
9. “Loose Talk Costs Lives” 4:19
10. “Embrace” 4:43
11. “The Extra Mile” 4:20
12. “Voice in the Wilderness” 4:37
13. “Just in Case” 4:22
14. “Promise the Earth” 4:29

Barry Gibb – vocals, guitar, production
Robin Gibb – vocals, production
Maurice Gibb – keyboards, guitar, vocals, production

Alan Kendall – lead guitar
Matt Bonelli – bass guitar on 4, 7 & 12, additional bass on 9
George “Chocolate” Perry – bass guitar (tracks 1–3, 9, 11 & 13)
Ben Stivers – keyboards, piano on track 7, organ on track 10
Steve Rucker – drums
Peter-John Vettese – programming, backing vocals, production on tracks 6, 10 and 14
Robbie McIntosh – guitar on track 6
Neil Bonsanti – clarinet on track 7
Joe Barati – trombone
Tim Barnes – viola
Jason Carder – trumpet
Hui Fang Chen – violin
David Cole – cello
Gustavo Correa – violin
Dwayne Dixon – French horn
Orlando Forte – violin
Ken Faulk – trumpet
Chris Glansdorp – cello
Jim Hacker – piccolo trumpet
Jon Hutchinson – trombone
Eric Kerley – French horn
John Knicker – trombone
Mel Mei Luo – violin
Cheryl Naberhaus – French horn
Alfredo Olivia – violin, concert master
Chauncey Patterson – viola
Mariusz Wojtowics – violin

 

Wednesday 12/23/2020 12am: Feature Artist – Bee Gees

The Bee Gees were a music group formed in 1958. Their lineup consisted of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. The trio were especially successful as a popular music act in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and later as prominent performers of the disco music era in the mid-to-late 1970s. The group sang recognizable three-part tight harmonies; Robin’s clear vibrato lead vocals were a hallmark of their earlier hits, while Barry’s R&B falsetto became their signature sound during the mid-to-late 1970s and 1980s. The Bee Gees wrote all of their own hits, as well as writing and producing several major hits for other artists. The Bee Gees are widely referred to by many critics, media outlets and fellow artists as the “Kings of Disco”.

Born on the Isle of Man to English parents, the Gibb brothers lived in Chorlton, Manchester, England until the late 1950s. There, in 1955, they formed the skiffle/rock and roll group the Rattlesnakes. The family then moved to Redcliffe, in the Moreton Bay Region, Queensland, Australia, and then to Cribb Island. After achieving their first chart success in Australia as the Bee Gees with “Spicks and Specks” (their 12th single), they returned to the UK in January 1967, when producer Robert Stigwood began promoting them to a worldwide audience. The Bee Gees’ Saturday Night Fever soundtrack (1977) was the turning point of their career, with both the film and soundtrack having a cultural impact throughout the world, enhancing the disco scene’s mainstream appeal. They won five Grammy Awards for Saturday Night Fever, including Album of the Year.

The Bee Gees have sold over 120 million records worldwide (with estimates as high as over 220 million), making them among the best-selling music artists of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997; the presenter of the award to “Britain’s first family of harmony” was Brian Wilson, historical frontman of the Beach Boys, another “family act” featuring three harmonizing brothers. The Bee Gees’ Hall of Fame citation says, “Only Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks and Paul McCartney have outsold the Bee Gees.” The Bee Gees are the third most successful band in Billboard charts history after the Beatles and the Supremes.

Following Maurice’s death in January 2003 at the age of 53, Barry and Robin retired the group’s name after 45 years of activity. In 2009, Robin announced that he and Barry had agreed that the Bee Gees would re-form and perform again.  Robin died in May 2012, aged 62, after a prolonged struggle with cancer and other health problems, leaving Barry as the only surviving member of the group.