New BeeGees dedication
The Bee gees, Barry, Maurice, Robin, and Andy Gibb are all featured on a news CD box set ‘Mythology’ with a disc dedicated to each brother.
Produced to mark the group’s golden anniversary, the special boxed set was created by Barry and Robin Gibb sharing 50 years of memories in a stunning musical and visual scrapbook. The repackaged four-disc boxed set Mythology was available from last month.
Mythology contains four discs, each spotlighting a different Gibb brother, including one dedicated to Andy. The songs were personally chosen in 2010 by Barry, Robin, Maurice’s widow Yvonne (and their children Adam and Samantha), and Andy’s daughter Peta.
“These are pretty much our personal favourites,” Barry says in the liner notes. “This is now the Bee Gees 50th anniversary. And by the Bee Gees, I mean all four brothers.”
“I always see our songs as ‘just us brothers’ having a good time,” added Robin. “When I look back now, it is more about the journey, not the arrival.”
Mythology also features a collection of family photos, many never-before published, with tributes from artists such as George Martin, Brian Wilson, Elton John, Graham Nash, and the band’s long-time manager Robert Stigwood.
Mythology was created in 2010 by Barry and his brother Robin, who died last year on May 20. Spanning the Bee Gees’ five-decade career, the set’s 81 tracks touch on several of the group’s best-known hits. But, mainly, the collection digs into the Bee Gees’ vast catalogue to highlight deep tracks such as the early single “Spicks And Specks” (1966); the title track from the 1969 concept album Odessa; the single B-side “Country Woman” (1971); “Spirits (Having Flown)” (1979), the title track from the 35 million-selling album; “The Longest Night” (1987) from the multiplatinum E·S·P; “Closer Than Close” (1997) from Still Waters; and “Man In The Middle” (2001) from the Bee Gees’ 20th and final studio album before Maurice’s passing in 2003.
Mythology also features the debut of a pair of Maurice Gibb tracks: “Angel Of Mercy” and “The Bridge.”
The final disc spotlights Andy Gibb who worked with his brothers throughout his career before his death in 1988, aged 30. Notably, Andy’s first three singles all went to No.1 in the US, never accomplished before. The compilation opens with the No.1 smash hit “Shadow Dancing” (1978) from Andy’s second album.
Nearly all of the songs from his 1977 debut Flowing Rivers are featured, including the back-to-back No.1 singles: “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” and “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water.” The set contains “I Can’t Help It,” his duet with Olivia Newton-John, as well as several tracks from his final studio album After Dark (1980).
Mythology also marks the debut of “Arrow Through The Heart,” a song Andy recorded shortly before his death and intended for a comeback album.