Flowing Rivers

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Flowing Rivers
Studio album by Andy Gibb
Released September 1977 (1977)
Recorded October 1976
Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
Genre Disco, pop, rock, funk, country
Length 38:36
Label RSO
Producer Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson, Barry Gibb
Andy Gibb chronology
Flowing Rivers
(1977)
Shadow Dancing
(1978)
Singles from Flowing Rivers
  1. "I Just Want To Be Your Everything"
    Released: May 1977
  2. "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"
    Released: September 1977

Flowing Rivers is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter Andy Gibb. The album was produced by Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson, with Barry Gibb on two tracks. It was released in September 1977 on RSO. Flowing Rivers was re-released by Polydor Records in 1998 in CD version.

Although the album is not currently in print, it was released to iTunes along with the other two Andy Gibb albums in 2011. From the album, two singles were released, "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" and "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" (both peaked #1 in the US). Amy Hanson of Allmusic considered the songs in this LP as classic rock.[1] The album was mainly produced by Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson, with Barry Gibb on two songs.

Background[edit]

In August 1973, at the age of 15, Gibb made his first recordings at the Nova Sound Studios in London. The songs are "Windows of My World" and the country number "My Father's a Rebel" The second song was written by Maurice Gibb (according to a November 1973 fans club newsletter) who also produced the session,[2]but the urging of his brother Barry, Gibb returned to Australia in 1974 as Barry believed that as Australia had been a good training ground for the Bee Gees it would also help Gibb's career.[3]

While in Australia, Gibb recorded demos of his compositions as well as his own renditions of an old numbers.[3] After the release of his first single, "Words and Music" he performed it on the Australian TV called The Ernie Sigley Show.

When Gibb had got the call from his brother Barry in June 1976 as he and Col Joye's company ATA had proceeded with the new single ("Words and Music") knowing that Gibb would go to Florida later that year. While his last recording session before moving to the US, including "In the End", "Flowing Rivers", "Come Home for the Winter" and "Let It Be Me" were re-recorded in Criteria.[4]

Recording[edit]

Gibb recorded an album of songs at Criteria around October 1976. He came to Miami in September and the sessions at Criteria are known to have coincided with the Eagles recording Hotel California, which they completed in October. Eagles member Joe Walsh plays on two tracks and Andy said that listening to some of the Eagles' songs influenced the sound he wanted on his album. The sessions were produced by Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson, and with Barry on two songs, Galuten chose the experienced musicians who play on the album. The core group was Joey Murcia and Tim Renwick on guitar, Paul Harris and Galuten himself on piano and keyboards and Harold Cowart and Ron Ziegler on bass and drums. For some songs, they were joined by other top session players. Barry was very impressed with the polished sound of the session players. Barry was present to record only two songs ("I Just Want to Be Your Everything" and "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water") the two that he wrote for Andy, and although Andy said it ["Love Is (Thicker Than Water)"] was almost entirely Barry's work, it does sound a little closer to Andy's style.[4]

On the album sessions, the title track was recorded for the third time. On Gibb's compositions, the tracks are a mix of country music and ballads.[4] Galuten also contribute writing "Dance to the Light of the Morning" and "Too Many Looks in Your Eyes".

Aftermath[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The first Andy Gibb album was finally issued almost a year after it was recorded, carefully spaced between the Bee Gees releases. Andy wrote eight of the ten songs and Barry contributed to two. Andy was very suddenly very big in America, where both of the singles hit number 1. Unfortunately the ill effects of what Barry calls "first fame" had already claimed him by now. The title track was originally intended to released by RSO as a single at the same time as "Love Is (Thicker Than Water)" but in favor of "Shadow Dancing" (later released on his next album), it was withdrawn.[5]

After the release of Flowing Rivers, Andy revealed:

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Andy Gibb, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" (Barry Gibb) 3:45
2. "Words and Music"   4:38
3. "Dance to the Light of the Morning" (Andy Gibb, Albhy Galuten) 3:19
4. "Too Many Looks in Your Eyes" (Andy Gibb, Albhy Galuten) 4:10
5. "Starlight"   3:32
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" (Barry Gibb, Andy Gibb) 4:15
2. "Flowing Rivers"   3:37
3. "Come Home for the Winter"   4:05
4. "Let It Be Me"   3:30
5. "In the End"   3:16

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hanson, Amy. "Flowing Rivers - Andy Gibb". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1973". Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1974". Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1976". Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 
  6. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "CAN Charts > Andy Gibb". RPM. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  8. ^ a b swedishcharts.com. "Andy Gibb - Flowing Rivers". Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Billboard Top LPs & Tape". Billboard. 15 October 1977. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Top LPs & Tape". Billboard. 3 December 1977. p. 80. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Billboard Top LPs & Tape". Billboard. 11 March 1978. Retrieved 30 December 2014.