Posthumous Robin Gibb Album Coming Next Month
Monday, August 4, 2014
Posthumous Robin Gibb Album Coming Next Month
Coming on September 30th is the posthumous release of Robin Gibb’s final album, 50 St. Catherine's Drive, named after the house on the Isle Of Man where he and his late twin brother Maurice Gibb were born. Robin died of kidney failure at the age of 62 on May 20th, 2012 after battling colon and liver cancer.
In a statement announcing the album, Robin's widow, Dwina Gibb, revealed that a song, called "Sydney," will be featured on the 17-track album, and explained that Robin had hoped to record it professionally with brother Barry Gibb, saying, "(Robin) missed his twin brother Maurice, who had passed away; but when he closed his eyes, the three young brothers were back in Sydney, Australia, happy together with their dreams and hopes for the future. Their future creations of course affected the world. The fragment of song is poignant, wistful, beautiful, and unfinished. It belongs on this album as one of his last works. He cried when he wrote it, and I wept when I heard it."
Dwina, who compiled the album with the couple’s son, musician RJ Gibb, added: "Robin composed this late at night, in August 2011, at our home, The Prebenda. He used bedroom keyboards and then Garageband on an iPad."
The album also features a cover of the 1966 Bee Gees’ song "I Am The World," the B-Side to their Australian chart-topper, "Spicks And Specks," which marked their last prior to achieving worldwide fame outside Australia.
Of all the Gibb brothers, it was Robin, who kept his ear glued to the pulse of modern pop music -- and spent much of the last decade seeking out and performing with the world's top international singing groups. Despite the dozen or so artists he collaborated with in recent years, shortly before his death, he explained that artistically, today's music can't hold a candle to the days when the Beatles and the Bee Gees ruled the charts: "Quite honestly, it's karaoke, I mean, how do you pronounce the word -- elevator music. But people (are) posing at being artists. And not just that -- we're composers, first and foremost. We have one of the biggest catalogues in the world -- in fact the biggest alongside Lennon & McCartney. I mean, we've written for so many artists apart from ourselves -- Barbara Streisand 'A Woman In Love,' 'Islands In The Stream,' 'Chain Reaction,' 'Heartbreaker' for Dionne Warwick. We have a two-tier career. A lot of artists today, they seem to be single artists that are chosen for these reality shows."

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