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"Amo vivere nell'amore. Non vivo nella negatività. Non penso la negatività. Non perseguo nulla che sia negativo. Neppure faccio domande che siano negative..." (Maurice Gibb)


Di seguito gli interventi pubblicati in questa sezione, in ordine cronologico.
 
 
(di Enzo , 23/07/2007 @ 22:56:53, in Dal web, linkato 3870 volte)
Il nuovo singolo di Barry Gibb, "Drown on the river", sarà disponibile su iTunes a partire dalla prossima settimana. E' possibile ascoltare una una parte della canzone sulla radio del sito ufficiale di Barry. (Fonte: barrygibb.com)
La canzone dovrebbe inoltre essere inclusa nella colonna sonora del film "Deal", con Burt Reynolds, che uscirà nelle sale U.S.A. il prossimo mese. (Fonte: Lightyear.com )
"New iTunes: Single "Drown On The River"
Watch out for Barry's new single "Drown On The River" which will be available in the coming week at your local iTunes store. You can also hear a teaser on Barry Gibb Radio.
(Fonte: barrygibb.com) The song will be also included in the original soundtrack of the upcoming movie "Deal", starring Burt Reynolds. (Source: Lightyear.com)
 
(di Enzo , 04/09/2007 @ 00:09:35, in Dal web, linkato 1219 volte)
Un quinto remix, ("Stayin' Alive", a cura del gruppo pop/rock svedese Teddybears) è stato aggiunto alla tracklist della ristampa di "Bee Gees Greatest" (vedi l'articolo del 19 luglio in questo blog) , in uscita il prossimo 18 settembre su etichetta Rhino.  Si va ad aggiungere ai quattro in precedenza annunciati ed ai due "inediti" ("Warm ride" e la versione extended di "Stayin'alive").
Nel sito della casa discografica sono presenti inoltre alcune note di presentazione del disco ed alcuni video dei Bee Gees.
Fonte: Rhino.com
 "Bee Gees Greatest (Special Edition)"

There's no “Jive Talkin'” here except for the Bee Gees chart-topping single, one of many legendary '70s-era classics from the Brothers Gibb on this bonus-packed, updated 2-CD reissue of their five-years-out-of-print hits compilation BEE GEES GREATEST.


The collection was first released in 1979 as a double LP, 20-track set that hit #1 on Billboard's Pop Albums chart. Rhino's remastered & expanded remaking of it features all that original greatness plus two previously unreleased tracks - including one song making its recording debut - and scorching new remixes of four immortal hits from Saturday Night Fever.


This historic reissue coincides with Paramount Home Entertainment's 30th Anniversary Special Collector's Edition of the film classic Saturday Night Fever, a defining statement of the disco era - but perhaps not as much as its companion soundtrack, which was dominated by Bee Gees smashes. That landmark 1977 #1 title - also newly reissued by Rhino in 30th anniversary splendor - has sold in excess of 30 million copies, is one of the top-selling soundtracks ever and is #131 on Rolling Stone's list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”


It's also the source for six of GREATEST's all-time greatest from Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, including five #1 smashes: “Jive Talkin',” “How Deep Is Your Love,” “You Should be Dancing,” the GRAMMY®winning “Night Fever” and “Stayin' Alive,” plus “More Than A Woman To Me.”


Four of those classic songs also boast feverish new, previously unreleased bonus remixes on GREATEST from hot contemporary mixers and producers: “You Should Be Dancing” (Jason Bentley/Philip Steir Remix); “If I Can't Have You” (Count Da Money Remix); “Night Fever” (Future Funk Squad Remix); and “How Deep Is Your Love (Supreme Beings Of Leisure Remix).”


GREATEST, which overall spotlights the ultimate hits from Bee Gees studio albums released between 1975 and 1979, also boasts standouts including the #1 pop singles “Love You Inside Out,” “Tragedy” and “Too Much Heaven,” as well as the signature songs “Nights On Broadway” and “Spirits (Having Flown).”


In addition to the bold new remixes, bonus material also includes the recorded debut of the previously unissued song “Warm Ride” and the rare 12”, promo-only version of “Stayin' Alive.”


You could have been dancin' for the past five years, but it would have been without a new copy of GREATEST to call your own. That's remedied now with Rhino's makeover of the previously retired title, reborn as GREATEST (SPECIAL EDITION). The only authentic Bee Gees '70s era-centric hits collection available, it's made even more special with new remixes of four iconic SNF grooves.


Bee Gees' marathon legacy spans five decades, seven platinum albums, eight GRAMMYs, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and over 60 chart hits - including six straight #1 singles. Look for Rhino's other Bee Gees titles, all part of our first-ever restoration of the legendary group's extensive catalog, which will eventually be revitalized and upgraded in its entirety. GREATEST also includes a special hidden track of Stayin' Alive as remixed by Scandinavian rock/pop sensations Teddybears.

TRACK LIST

Jive Talkin'
Night Fever
Tragedy
You Should Be Dancing
Stayin' Alive
How Deep Is Your Love
Love So Right
Too Much Heaven
(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away
Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)
Warm Ride
Stayin' Alive (Promo 12” Version)
If I Can't Have You
You Stepped Into My Life
Love Me
More Than A Woman
Rest Your Love On Me
Nights On Broadway
Spirits (Having Flown)
Love YOu Inside Out
Wind Of Change
Children Of The World
You Should Be Dancing (Jason Bentley/Philip Steir Remix)
If I Can't Have You (Count Da Money Remix)
Night Fever (NRG Remix)
How Deep Is Your Love (Supreme Beings Of Leisure Remix)
Stayin' Alive (Teddybears Remix)

(Source: Rhino.com)
 
(di Enzo , 05/09/2007 @ 22:16:44, in Dal web, linkato 1783 volte)
Secondo "Great American Country", sito specializzato in notizie sulla musica country, Barry Gibb avrebbe realizzato un duetto con T.G. Sheppard, artista country molto popolare negli U.S.A. e vicino di casa (a Nashville) di Barry.
Il duetto sarà inserito nel nuovo album di Sheppard, che secondo quanto lo stesso ha dichiarato nel corso di un'intervista radiofonica rilasciata a Lew  Jones (giornalista di GAC), è interamente costituito da collaborazioni con artisti della scena country, del calibro di Willie Nelson, Lorrie Morgan e Merle Haggard. Il titolo provvisoro dell'album è "Partners In Rhyme".
Non ci sono ancora notizie circa la data di uscita del disco di che trattasi.
(Fonte: Great American Country)
Legends Q&A: This Month's Question August 2007 By Lew Jones
Q: I am looking for the artist that sings "Smooth Sailing." I thought that it may be Don Williams, but I am not sure. I would like to get a copy of that song.
(Crystal, Palestine, TX)

Q: I am trying to find all the information that I can on an old song titled "When Can We Do This Again," including who sang it. I would consider this song to be classic.
(Lloyd, Wichita Falls, TX)

A: The singer of both songs is T.G. Sheppard. "Smooth Sailin'" was a Top 10 hit for T.G. in 1980. Crystal, you can find it on T.G. Sheppard Super Hits, which came out in 2000. It also includes big hits such as "Party Time" and "Slow Burn". As for Lloyd's song, I can only find "When Can We Do This Again" on T.G.'s 1978 LP, Daylight. If you still have a record player, with a little luck, you can find it. In a recent radio interview, T.G. told me that he's back in the studio, working on a duets album with the working title Partners In Rhyme which will feature such other artists as Willie Nelson, Lorrie Morgan, Merle Haggard, and even Barry Gibb. No word yet on a label or release date. Also, congratulations are in order. T.G. and girlfriend Kelly Lang have announced a wedding date of August 20!

(Source: Great American Country)

 
(di Enzo , 08/09/2007 @ 10:32:34, in Dal web, linkato 1299 volte)
Il cantante (ed autore) inglese David Gray ha incluso nel suo nuovo album una cover della canzone dei Bee Gees "In the morning".
Gray, dopo avere riscosso un buon livello popolarità nella scena della musica folk inglese, è diventato un artista di grande sucesso nella scena pop-rock.
Può vantare infatti ben tre album che hanno raggiunto la vetta della classifica di vendita in UK: "White Ladder" (2001) "A New Day At Midnight" (2002) e "Life in Slow Motion" (2005).
Alcune delle sue canzoni sono state incluse nella serie TV "Smalville". Ha recentemente preso parte al "Live Earth".
La (bella) versione di "In the morning" è inclusa nell'album "A Thousand Miles Behind", una compilation di cover registrate dal vivo tra il 2001 ed il 2007 che include anche brani di Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Randy Newman e Johnny Cash.
L'album attualmente disponibile per il download tramite il sito di Gray, sarà pubblicato entro fine anno.
(Fonte: davidgray.com)
David Gray covers "In the morning"
English singer-songwriter David Gray has released a cover of the Bee Gees' song "In the morning".
Gray spanned three UK #1 albums,"White Ladder" (2001) "A New Day At Midnight" (2002) e "Life in Slow Motion" (2005). He took part at the English leg of "Live Earth" in july 2007.
The (very good) cover version of In the morning is included in "A Thousand Miles Behind", a compilation CD of live covers, is available via digital download and will be released within the end of this year.
(Source:
davidgray.com)
 
(di Enzo , 21/09/2007 @ 01:24:41, in Dal web, linkato 1242 volte)
Robin Gibb sarà impegnato in una serie di concerti ed apparizioni televisive (a supporto della pubblicazione della versione speciale di "Greatest".
Lo si apprende dallo spazio (ufficiale) di Robin su myspace.com, dove è anche possibile reperire i link per acquistare i biglietti per gli eventi. Inoltre la notizia è confermata dal sito bulgaro "sofia-echo.com", che pone in evidenza la presenza di alcuni musicisti bulgari nella band che accompagnerà Robin a Sofia.

Concerti:
6 ott 2007 - Aruba Entertainment Center (Oranjestad, Aruba)
13 ott 2007 - Rosengarten (Mannheim, Germania)
21 ott 2007 - Ledoviy Dvorets (S. Pietroburgo, Russia)
22 ott 2007 - Cremlino, (Mosca, Russia)
25 ott 2007 - National Culture Palace (Sofia , Bulgaria)

Apparizioni TV:
29 set 2007, 20.00 - Channel 4 - Truck Show (UK)
14 ott 2007, 22.15 - ITV - Kenny Everett Tribute (UK).

Robin ha inoltre realizzato un'intervista sul sito MSN, dedicata alla riedizione di "Bee Gees Greatest". Nello stesso sito si può anche vedere una video-intervista che vede la partecipazione di Barry Gibb, ed ascoltare una (lunga) sequenza di canzoni dei Bee Gees tratte da "Greatest". L'intervista è la prima di una serie che Robin ha realizzato a supporto del disco in uscita ad ottobre in Europa. Le altre saranno sull'edizione di ottobre del mensile inglese "Q", e sui siti "AOL Spinner" e Bullz-eye.com (le date di pubblicazione non sono ancora disponibili, si pensa ad ottobre).
Infine Robin sarà protagonista di altri passaggi televisivi, delle quali si conosce al momento soltanto quello su "Access Hollywood".
(Fonte: myspace.com/robingibbofficial e robingibb.com)


Robin Gibb: concerts (fall 2007):
6 oct 2007, 20.00 - Aruba Entertainment Center , Oranjestad (Aruba)
13 oct 2007, 20.00 - Rosengarten, Mannheim (Germany)
21 oct 2007, 19.00 - Ledoviy Dvorets, St Petersburg (Russia)
22 oct 2007, 19.00 - Kremlin, Moscow (Russia)
25 oct 2007, 20.00 - National Culture Palace, Sofia (Bulgaria)


Next TV appearances:
29 sep 2007 20.00, - Channel 4 - Truck Show, London (UK)
14 oct 2007, 22.15 - ITV - Kenny Everett Tribute, London (UK)

Robin did some interviews recently. Below is a first list. Additional dates will be provided once confirmed: Online & Print:
Msn Music website, Aol Spinner website, Bullz-eye.com website (run dates t.b.a.) and Q Magazine (October)
Radio:
ABC Radio, Global Radio and Premiere Radio networks (air dates t.b.a.)
TV:
Access Hollywood (airdate t.b.a.)
Truck Festival (Channel 4, 29.09.07)
Kenny Everett Tribute (ITV 14.10.07)

BEE GEES’ ROBIN GIBB TO STAGE CONCERT IN BULGARIA
Robin Gibb, one of the founders of the legendary band Bee Gees will stage a concert in Bulgaria.

The event will be held in Hall 1 of the National Palace of Culture in Sofia on October 25 2007, avtora.com reported.
Three Bulgarians, part of Gibb’s crew, guitar player Nikolo Kotsev, pianist Nelko Kolarov and vocalist Amalia, were coming to Bulgaria as well.
Local percussionist Kalin Veliov and musicians from the Sofia Philharmonic would also take part in the concert.
Tickets are at 30 to 80 leva and are on sale starting September 20.

(Source:
myspace.com/robingibbofficial , robingibb.com and sofia-echo.com)
 
(di Enzo , 22/09/2007 @ 01:31:32, in Dal web, linkato 1413 volte)
La riedizione di "Bee Gees Greatest" sarà pubblicata in Europa il prossimo primo ottobre.
Dalla raccolta verranno estratti due singoli, differenti a seconda dei paesi di pubblicazione.
In U.S.A. saranno: You Should Be Dancing” (Jason Bentley/Philip Steir Remix) e "Stayin’ Alive (Teddybears Remix), mentre nel resto del mondo dovrebbe essere “If I Can’t Have You” (Disco Boys Remix). Quest'ultima è la "traccia nascosta" aggiuntivo (hidden track) dell'edizione Europea e dell'edizione destinata al resto del mondo.
Tutti i singoli saranno acquistabili inizialmente solo tramite iTunes (dove è possibile acquistare anche una versione remix di "More than a woman" non presente in nessuna delle edizioni ed alcuni video dei Bee Gees). Al momento non si sa se seguirà una pubblicazione su cd.
Sul sito ufficiale dei Bee Gees (beegees.com, che ha subito un vistoso cambiamento di layout in perfetto stile anni 70) sono disponibili inoltre suonerie di alcune canzoni dei Gibb (anche se per il momento sono acquistabili solo dagli U.S.A) ed una versione speciale di "Greatest" acquistabile insieme ad una t-shirt con il famoso logo dei Bee Gees. Nel frattempo la Paramount sta per pubblicare il DVD di "Saturday Night Fever", che verrà messo in vendita in contemporanea con l'uscita nel mondo di "Bee Gees Greatest" (il primo ottobre, appunto).
Per fornire ulteriori dettagli, informazioni e per ulteriore promozione dei due prodotti, la Paramount e la Rhino hanno realizzato un sito comune, "youshouldbedancing.tv", dove è possibile registrarsi per ricevere una newsletter.
(Fonte: robingibb.com)
Bee Gees Greatest Deluxe Edition in shops this autumn
Reprise Records continue their Bee Gees reissue programme and the focus release this year is a deluxe edition of the multi-platinum “Bee Gees Greatest”. This release coincides with the 30th anniversary of “Saturday Night Fever” and Paramount is issuing a special edition DVD of the movie the same week the album comes out. Reprise and Paramount have put together a great campaign to mark the Fever anniversary. There are bonus tracks and remixes on the album re-issue, and featurettes and new interviews on the DVD, so they would make fine additions to your collection. There are also remixes and singles being serviced to radio stations to garner interest in the CD. In the States, “Bee Gees Greatest” is set for release on September 18th, in Britain it comes out October 1st. You Should Be Dancing - it's the Bee Gees' Greatest In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of “Saturday Night Fever”, Reprise Records are re-issuing the multi-platinum “Bee Gees Greatest”, a double album spotlighting the group’s meteoric run of blue-eyed soul hits between 1975 and 1979. This double album features a selection of the Bee Gees’ studio albums “Main Course” (1975), “Children of the World” (1976) and “Spirits Having Flown” (1979), as well as “Saturday Night Fever” (1977), and includes the number one hits “How Deep Is Your Love”, “Staying Alive”, “Night Fever”, “Too Much Heaven”, “Tragedy” and “Love You Inside Out”. The reissue of “Bee Gees Greatest” contains two previously unreleased tracks, “Warm Ride”, and an extended version of Staying Alive, along with contemporary dance remixes of classic Bee Gees songs by some of today’s hot club DJ’s. Bee Gees Greatest is released on September 18 in the US, October 1 in Britain. There is a special T-shirt offer for US customers who buy "Bee Gees Greatest" from the Bee Gees Shop.
Track listing
1. “Jive Talkin’” 2. “Night Fever” 3. “Tragedy” 4. “You Should Be Dancing” 5. “Stayin’ Alive” 6. “How Deep Is Your Love” 7. “Love So Right” 8. “Too Much Heaven” 9. “(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away” 10. “Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)” 11. “If I Can't Have You” 12. “You Stepped into My Life” 13. “Love Me” 14. “More Than a Woman” 15. “Rest Your Love on Me” 16. “Nights on Broadway” 17. “Spirits (Having Flown)” 18. “Love You Inside Out” 19. “Wind of Change” 20. “Children of the World” 21. “Warm Ride” 22. “Stayin’ Alive” – 12” Promo 23. “You Should Be Dancing”—Jason Bentley/Phillip Stier Remix 24. “How Deep Is Your Love”—Supreme Beings of Leisure Remix 25. “Night Fever”—Future Funk Squad Remix 26. “If I Can’t Have You” –Count da Money Remix Hidden tracks: "Stayin' Alive" Teddybears Remix (US/Can/Aust) "If I Can't Have you" Disco Boys Remix (UK/World)
Bee Gees' Greatest iTunes edition
The iTunes edition of "Bee Gees Greatest" comes with some additional material: the “More Than A Woman” Equinox Remix, and a video (version 2) of “Staying Alive”. You can also buy videos on iTunes of Staying Alive (version 1), Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love (version 1) and Too Much Heaven. When you buy the complete video bundle you additionally get version 2 of the Staying Alive video.
Bee Gees Single
A number of remixes are sent to radio along with original versions to garner interest in the reissue. In the USA the singles are “You Should Be Dancing” (Jason Bentley/Philip Steir Remix) and Stayin’ Alive (Teddybears Remix). Both are released commercially on iTunes.
Bee Gees' Greatest iTunes edition
The iTunes edition of "Bee Gees Greatest" comes with some additional material: the “More Than A Woman” Equinox Remix, and a video (version 2) of “Staying Alive”. You can also buy videos on iTunes of Staying Alive (version 1), Night Fever, How Deep Is Your Love (version 1) and Too Much Heaven. When you buy the complete video bundle you additionally get version 2 of the Staying Alive video. Bee Gees Single A number of remixes are sent to radio along with original versions to garner interest in the reissue. In the USA the singles are “You Should Be Dancing” (Jason Bentley/Philip Steir Remix) and Stayin’ Alive (Teddybears Remix). Both are released commercially on iTunes. In Britain/rest of the world the likely single is “If I Can’t Have You” (Disco Boys Remix), which would be made available on iTunes in October (t.b.c.) and in Germany additionally on vinyl as well (t.b.c.) New Bee Gees ringtones In the US mobile phone ringtones are made available of “Fanny”, “How Deep Is Your Love”, “If I Can’t Have You”, “Jive Talking”, “More Than A Woman”, “Night Fever”, “Nights On Broadway”, “Staying Alive”, “Too Much Heaven”, and of the remixes of “How Deep Is Your Love”, “If I Can’t Have You”, “Night Fever” and “You Should Be Dancing”. Provider Verizon will have an exclusive “Night Fever” demo on sale. Information on ring tones in Britain/other countries will be provided when available.
Saturday Night Fever 30th anniversary edition
Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing a Special Collector’s Edition DVD of the “Saturday Night Fever” movie this October 1st, which features new interviews with cast members, and Barry and Robin Gibb, as well as all-new featurettes on the making of the film and its cultural impact. Buy (US) Buy (UK) Media Robin did some interviews recently. Below is a first list. Additional dates will be provided once confirmed. Also check out the seventies look re-launch of beegees.com (more features will be added over the next couple of weeks), official Bee Gees pages on MySpace and YouTube and the forthcoming joint Rhino and Paramount UK site You Should Be Dancing.
(Source: robingibb.com)
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(di Enzo , 23/09/2007 @ 00:40:12, in Dal web, linkato 1308 volte)
Come già anticipato, Robin Gibb è stato intervistato da vari media (TV, radio, web e stampa), in merito alla pubblicazione della versione "deluxe" della raccolta "Bee Gees Greatest". Oggi viene pubblicata dal sito "spinner.com" un'interessante intervista nella quale Robin, oltre a parlare di "Greatest", parla del ritiro del nome "Bee Gees" dopo la morte di Maurice nel 2003.

"Non abbiamo esattamente ritirato il nome "Bee Gees" . Lo abbiamo fatto intendendolo un onore ed un rispetto per Maurice per essere parte di qualcosa nella cultura musicale che abbiamo raggiunto insieme. Io e Barry staremo insieme e faremo album e canzoni, ma alla fine la gente ci chiameranno sempre "Bee Gees", non possiamo cambiare questo. In rispetto di Maurice, i Bee Gees saranno sempre tre fratelli. Non potremo mai cambiare la concezione della gente su me e Barry insieme o io o Barry come solisti. Come Paul Mc Cartney sarà sempre un Beatle, noi saremo sempre i Bee Gees, ma per quanto ci riguarda i Bee Gees saranno sempre tre".

Altre parti interessanti dell'intervista riguardano i commenti di Robin sui remix  presenti in "Greatest", ("preferisco sempre gli originali, ma in definitiva sono accettabili"), sulla considerazione dell'incertezza sulla possibilità che se i Bee Gees nascessero ora avrebbero successo ("non so, la scena musicale è diversa, oggi se hai una melodia, sei bianco e sei uomo, devi andare sul country... ") e su come crede che alla fine i Bee Gees saranno ricordati ("non tutti gli artisti di oggi hanno l'enorme catalogo di canzoni che noi abbiamo, credo che saremo ricordati come autori, anche per le canzoni che abbiamo scritto per altri artisti")

Da segnalare inoltre "30 years of fever", lo special sui Bee Gees e su "Greatest" realizzato dal sito di Microsoft, msn.com.
Contiene un'altra intervista con Robin, quasi tutta incentrata sulla ristampa del disco, ed una video-intervista, dove appare anche Barry (sebbene apparentemente l'intervista sembra realizzata in due diverse "location").

(Fonti: spinner.com e msn.com)


"Bee Gees' Robin Gibb Isn't Jive Talking"

The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb is one third of not only one of the most successful family acts in popular music but one of the most successful, period. From their early days in their native England to their childhood musical successes in Australia to their later status as world conquerors with their 15-times platinum 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack, the brothers Gibb -- Robin, his twin, Maurice, and their older brother, Barry -- have had more careers, and hit records, than any five bands. They've thrived with and excelled at Beatlesque orchestral rock, dance-floor-ready R&B and disco, and just about every pop style under the sun in their more than 40 years as music makers. Prolific songwriters that they have been, this doesn't even take into account the numerous hits other artists have had with their songs.

Robin was eager to talk about the historical significance of the 'Fever'-era songs compiled on the just-reissued and expanded double CD 'Bee Gees Greatest,' a collection of the group's R&B smashes. He also discusses the ego problems that led to a rift between him and his brothers in the late '60s, the idea of retiring the Bee Gees name after the 2003 death of Maurice and why country music is the last bastion for songwriters.

What was the thought behind reissuing your disco-era greatest hits with bonus material?

I think we -- me and Barry --were quite cautious about this at the very beginning when [the record label] approached us about re-releasing a landmark greatest-hits album. It's not all the hits, but it's a particular period, and it's actually a re-release of an album of the greatest hits with the original artwork, the original logo at the front, and the original photography, and the original track listing with bonus tracks. One of those bonus tracks, interestingly enough, is one of the songs that didn't make, by our own choice, the soundtrack, called 'Warm Ride.' Incidentally, none of the tracks that we wrote were written for 'Saturday Night Fever,' they were put to 'Saturday Night Fever.' We never saw the film till it came out. We'd recorded them in France and we had all of them -- 'Stayin' Alive,' 'How Deep Is Your Love,' 'Night Fever,' 'If I Can't Have You,' 'More Than a Woman' and 'Warm Ride' were all written -- and they came over to France, listened to them and took them away with them. It was just like we never heard another thing for another nine months, then it came out at Christmas of '77, and we know what happened after that.

Do you now appreciate just how musically revolutionary the 'Saturday Night Fever' movie was?

I think the interesting thing about 'Fever' is that is was never a musical in the true sense of the word in that nobody ever actually sang in the film, like they do in 'Grease.' And secondly, it was a contemporary film, it was about the time, it was a modern film about modern-day New York City and it went against the grain of normal, traditional musicals. So it was a new way of presenting music. Instead of having the actors sing, you have the soundtrack intertwined into the story and the plot, which is my favorite way. I mean, I like it when it is part of the narration of the film and the atmosphere rather than someone actually singing it. I'm not a great fan of actually watching people sing in musicals, but I am a great fan of writing the right music to the right film. And 'Fever' is still the best-selling soundtrack album worldwide.

But didn't the Bee Gees make the transition from a pop-rock sound to to a more R&B one well before 'Fever,' for example, with 'Jive Talkin''?

We were already going in that direction two years earlier with the 'Main Course' album. And then the following year we had the 'Children of the World' album, which produced 'You Should Be Dancing' and 'Love So Right,' which were Number One in black radio, as the previous ones were, so we were already in a black R&B direction. We never heard of the word "disco," by the way, that was something the radio created when the film took off. We knew nothing about that; we were doing R&B music.

Was there any skittishness about giving the songs over to the 'Fever' soundtrack?

We were very cautious about these songs being used in the film, because this was a very low-budget movie. It was a new actor, John Travolta, who had been in 'Welcome Back Kotter,' and we didn't really know that much about the film other than the fact it was low budget and there was not going to be a tremendous amount of promotion on it. There was no great anticipation of its success, certainly no prediction of it, and we were more concerned about, well, are we going to throw these songs away on a film that doesn't do anything?

What was it about those songs that made people embrace it in such a huge way?

Well, first of all, there's an emotion in the sound. The songs are very human songs. They're about human relationships, which are perennial. And, of course, the sound is very emotional, the harmonies are very emotional, and the sound of the harmony that we use, they do have a tendency to transcend and reach people in a way that affects them. I think there was a magical quality about that sound.

Even in the early days, there was a lot of R&B influence in songs like 'To Love Somebody' and 'I Can't See Nobody.'

That is correct. That's the way we grew up in Australia. We used to listen to a lot of commercial radio stations in Sydney that were playing a lot of this stuff, and I think if we had stayed in England we wouldn't have heard that because they weren't playing it. A lot of white acts, even in America, would not be exploring that kind of music in those days. We didn't feel any boundaries to that in Australia.

So many Bee Gees songs, even the ones that aren't overtly R&B-sounding, have been covered by black artists. What would you attribute that to?

Recently, we had 'Emotion' [covered] by Beyonce and Destiny's Child -- a lot of black artists have always been interested in our sound and our music and influenced by it. And a lot of black artists are influenced by these tracks today in their own way and they try to put their own stamp on the sound, they sample them and they are influenced by the harmonies. So much the style of the songs transcends the times that they're written in.

A couple of 'Fever' classics have been given the remix treatment for the album's re-release, like the Teddybears' remix of 'Stayin' Alive.' Are you happy with how they turned out?

I always like the originals, but we're living in a day and age where people like remixes. I suppose it's really an acquired taste. One person's gonna say, 'I like it,' another person's gonna say, 'Oh, I don't like that.' It's a mixed bag of emotion, really, but it's an acceptable thing.

You and your brothers have written songs for everyone from Barbara Streisand and Dionne Warwick to a duet for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Do you wish you were more recognized for your songwriting?

I think it's an important thing to be songwriters. When Elton John was signed, he was writing songs, and I think there was a time, as the Beatles themselves were writing songs, when artists were writing their own songs and people were covering them. And also it was just good to write your own songs and to be first, not to copy people, to try and be original and set the pace rather than today where they copy what's gone on in the last forty years.

Your 1969 album 'Odessa' has been acknowledged as your masterpiece, but it also temporarily broke up the band. What do you recall about that record?

An adventurous album in a sense, because it was actually written not as a commercial album. It was done always as a theme, and it was suggested by [manager] Robert Stigwood to do something that was entirely different, and we knew it was going to be a hard sell, even by the standards of the time. But we wanted to do something that was entirely different and unusual, for a better word. But again it was all part of our evolvement; it was part of the writing development of where we were going. We were still teenagers at the time.

You were so young while you were having all this commercial and critical success -- did it go to your head?

Yeah, it did, but it didn't go to our head through money, because we didn't have much of that, 'cause we didn't own our own publishing or anything like that at the time. I think it had more to do with freedom of choice and we weren't listening to each other as much as we were going to much later. So it was an exciting time, but it was also a very tough time emotionally, coming to terms with this, you know, this ego.

Right after 'Odessa' you left the Bee Gees to record your solo album 'Robin's Reign' and your brothers carried on with 'Cucumber Castle.' How hard was it being and working without them?

It was a tough time, it was 18 months of writing songs that probably we would have written together or would have ended up on a Bee Gees album, and instead we put them out individually. And it was kind of tough emotionally when you want to work together and you've still got so much to do and you're still actually teenagers, you know, and we had 18 months of that where we had time apart. But I think it was probably necessary for what was to come later. 'Cause the first thing, as soon as we got back together, in one afternoon we wrote 'Lonely Days' and 'How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.' So it was productive, it was worth the 18 months off.

Am I to understand that with the passing away of your brother Maurice in 2003, you've retired the Bee Gees name?

We haven't exactly retired the Bee Gees name, we did it as an honor and respect for Maurice as being part of something in musical culture that we achieved together. Me and Barry will get together and make albums and make songs, but in the end people will always call us Bee Gees -- we can't change that. In respect for Maurice, the Bee Gees will always be the three brothers. We can never change people's concept of even me and Barry or even me or Barry alone. As Paul McCartney is a always going to be a Beatle, we're always going to be the Bee Gees, but as far as we're concerned the Bee Gees will always be us three.

Do you think if the Bee Gees were a new group they would be successful in today's music market?

I don't know -- because popular radio is not the same as it used to be. It wouldn't be just us: Where would Elton John be? Where would the Beatles be? Your starting point is where your advantage is. Today there isn't a platform for popular music and the popular song. And I think the popular song is always going to have a place in history, and the vehicles have been vastly reduced and music has been sidelined. What we have now is, if you have a melody and you're white and you're male -- you have to go to country.

How do you think the Bee Gees will be remembered?

I think the legacy of the Bee Gees -- you can't really enforce it, but I would like to think as a songwriter is the most important thing. And creating a huge catalog, which most people aren't really doing today. As being not just songwriters for ourselves but for other people.

(Sources: spinner.com and msn.com)

 
La versione speciale rimasterizzata di "Bee Gees Greatest" entra direttamente al primo posto della classifica statunitense riservata agli album con più di due anni di vita rispetto alla data di pubblicazione originale.
La classifica (ufficiale) di che trattasi è la "Top Pop Catalog Albums" chart pubblicata dalla rivista "Billboard.
Nella settimana di debutto nei negozi (dal 20 settembre), sono state vendute circa 20.000 copie di "Bee Gees Greatest", il che fa piazzare la ristampa dell'album dei Gibb al numero 35 delle vendite complessive degli album U.S.A., (riportate nella Billboard "Top Comprehensive Albums" chart), un risultato abbastanza sorprendente per una ristampa.

Negli States esistono tre esistono tre tipi di classifiche ufficiali per gli album (a prescindere da quelle per genere o la classifica delle vendite via internet):
1) "Top Pop Catalog Albums" (album e/o ristampe di album la cui pubblicazione originale risale a 2 anni oppure oltre)
2) "Billboard Top 200" (album con meno di 2 anni di vita)
3) "Top Comprehensive Albums" (classifica che comprende tutti gli album di tutti i generi e di qualsiasi data di pubblicazione.
Quest'ultima è disponibile solo a pagamento su "billboard.biz" (il sito destinato agli operatori del mercato discografico) o agli abbonati di Billboard e Billboard Business Bulletin, versioni online e cartacee.

(Fonte: Billboard.com. Un ringraziamento all'amico Juan Cristobal )

Bee Gees Greatest enters the US catalog chart at  #1!

The new deluxe version of "Bee Gees Greatest " debuts at # 1 this week in the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums. According to Nielsen/Soundscan "Greatest" has sold this week 20.000 units, which means that in the Billboard "Top Comprehensive Albums"  the Gibb album marks an impressive # 35.

The Billboard "Top Comprehensive Albums" chart is similar to The Billboard 200, in that is tallies up the week's top-selling albums across all genres of music. However, it also includes catalog titles (those that are 2-years-old or older) and albums that are exclusive to one retailer.

 
(di Enzo , 06/10/2007 @ 17:56:02, in Dal web, linkato 1491 volte)

Nel sito web "Corriere.it" (relativo al giornale "Corriere della Sera"), è presente il seguente sondaggio:

Qual è la canzone d'amore che preferite per creare "atmosfera"?

"How deep is your love" dei Bee Gees è attualmente in testa.
Per votare, cliccate su questo link.

(Fonte: corriere.it ) - Grazie a Paolo Recanati per la segnalazione!


English translation

Vote for the Bee Gees...

In the Corriere.it website (the website of the most popular Italian newspaper, the "Corriere della sera"), there is the following poll: Which love song do you prefer to create "atmosphere"?
"How deep is your love" by the Bee Gees is currently at #1...
If you want to vote for the Bee Gees, please follow this link

(Source:
corriere.it )

 
(di Enzo , 28/10/2007 @ 20:53:50, in Dal web, linkato 1182 volte)

Tutto esaurito e grandissimo successo per l'unico concerto bulgaro di Robin Gibb, che si è esibito al palazzo Nazionale della Cultura di Sofia davanti ad oltre 4.000 fans.
Dopo avere annullato due concerti a S. Pietroburgo (Russia), originariamente previsti per il 23 e 24 ottobre, Robin, (accompagnato dalla sua solita band, che annovera ben tre componenti bulgari, appunto) ha riscosso un enorme successo di pubblico ed una grande attenzione dei media bulgari, che lo hanno seguito in tutti i suoi movimenti nella capitale bulgara.
La scaletta del concerto, (all'interno del quale non sono mancati alcuni momenti di autentica commozione nostalgica) ha dedicato molto spazio, come al solito, al repertorio dei Bee Gees.

 
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