2 Years On

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2 Years On
Studio album by Bee Gees
Released November 1970 (1970-11)
Recorded 13 June – 5 October 1970
Nova Studios and IBC Studios, London, England
Genre Blues rock, hard rock, progressive rock, symphonic rock
Length 35:57
Label Polydor (United Kingdom)
Atco (United States)
Producer Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees chronology
Cucumber Castle
(1970)
2 Years On
(1970)
Trafalgar
(1971)
Australian cover
2 Years On album released on Spin Records only in Australia.
Singles from 2 Years On
  1. "Lonely Days"
    Released: November 1970

2 Years On was the eighth album released by English rock band Bee Gees and their sixth international release. This LP was released in November 1970. The album reached No. 32 on the US charts, and sold 375,000 copies worldwide. The album saw the return of Robin Gibb to the group after the earlier disagreement and subsequent split following Odessa. 2 Years On was also the first album to feature drummer Geoff Bridgford, who remained a full-time member of the group until 1972. The best-known track is "Lonely Days". Released as the first single by the reunited brothers, it charted high in the US No. 3 in Billboard, No. 1 in rival chart Cashbox, but peaked at No. 33 in the United Kingdom.

Background[edit]

On March 1969, Robin announced that he was leaving the band. In June, he released his debut single "Saved by the Bell", which reached No. 2 on the UK charts. In August, drummer Colin Petersen was fired and was replaced by Terry Cox to complete the album Cucumber Castle. Before the album was released, Barry and Maurice announced that the Bee Gees had split in December 1969. The pair released singles, "Railroad" by Maurice and "I'll Kiss Your Memory" by Barry, but their albums The Loner and The Kid's No Good remain unreleased until this day. During the temporary break-up of the group, Maurice appeared in London musical theatre Sing a Rude Song.

Maurice recalls: "We got fed up with all the lawyers fighting over our assets, so we walked out of this big summit meeting and started the group again".[1]

Recording[edit]

Robin and Maurice reunited in June 1970 with new drummer Geoff Bridgford, who was drummer of the Bee Gees until 1972. They recorded four songs, including "Sincere Relation" and "Lay It on Me". "We Can Lift a Mountain" was also re-recorded, a song from 1968. After that, Maurice joined the supergroup The Bloomfields with Billy Lawrie, and worked with Tin Tin. In August, Maurice and Robin announced that the Bee Gees were back with or without Barry's participation, and fourteen songs were recorded including "Back Home" and "I'm Weeping". On 21 August, the three Bee Gees came together to continue recording and Barry also announced, "If a solo record comes out, it will be with enthusiasm and great support of each of us. We are a musical establishment". While Maurice, on the other hand, recalls: "We just discussed it and re-formed".[2]

Release[edit]

Around the same time, Barry's "The Day Your Eyes Meet Mine" was withdrawn at the last minute in the USA for single release, while Polydor planned to release "One Bad Thing" as a single by 2 October (probably in Europe and Asia). Despite Barry's longing to prove himself as a solo artist, it was decided instead that the next single should be performed by the Bee Gees as they reunited around the same time.[2]

Despite the album marking the musical reunion of the Bee Gees, only three songs credited all three Gibb brothers as composers: the single "Lonely Days", its flip side "Man For All Seasons", and "Back Home". Maurice sings on all songs, but Barry and Robin are only on the ones they wrote or co-wrote.[3] In the August sessions, they also recorded "You Got to Lose It In the End", "Little Red Train", "Sweet Summer Rain", "Melody Fair" (originally released on Odessa) and "Maybe Tomorrow".

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau C−[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lead vocal(s) Length
1. "2 Years On" (Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) Robin 3:57
2. "Portrait of Louise" (Barry Gibb) Barry 2:35
3. "Man For All Seasons" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) Barry, Robin & Maurice 2:59
4. "Sincere Relation" (Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) Robin 2:46
5. "Back Home" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) Barry, Robin and Maurice 1:52
6. "The First Mistake I Made" (Barry Gibb) Barry 4:03
Side two
No. Title Lead vocal(s) Length
1. "Lonely Days" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) Barry, Robin & Maurice 3:45
2. "Alone Again" (Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb) Robin 3:00
3. "Tell Me Why" (Barry Gibb) Barry 3:13
4. "Lay It on Me" (Maurice Gibb) Maurice 2:07
5. "Every Second, Every Minute" (Barry Gibb) Barry 3:01
6. "I'm Weeping" (Robin Gibb) Robin 2:45

Alternate track listing[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Barry Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocal, acoustic guitar
  • Robin Gibb – lead, harmony and backing vocal
  • Maurice Gibb – harmony and backing vocal, bass, acoustic and electric guitar, piano, lead vocal on "Lay It on Me"
  • Geoff Bridgford – drums
Additional personnel and production
  • Bill Shepherd – orchestral arrangement
  • Gerry Shury – orchestral arrangement
  • John Stewart – engineer

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Australia Kent Music Report Albums Chart[6] 22
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[7] 22
US Billboard 200[8] 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bee Gees Aim for Peak Stellar Performance in All Areas". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 25 August 1973. p. 18. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Andrew Môn Hughes. The Bee Gees: Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1970". Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  4. ^ Review by Bruce Eder. "2 Years On – Bee Gees | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "CG: Bee Gees". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Australian Albums". australian-charts.com Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  7. ^ "Canadian Albums". RPM Canada. Retrieved 2014-11-09. 
  8. ^ "US Albums". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-11-09.