Mythology (Bee Gees album)

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Mythology
Box set by Bee Gees and Andy Gibb
Released November 2010
Recorded July 1966 – September 2001
Genre Rock/Pop/Disco/Baroque pop
Label Reprise
Producer Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson, Robert Stigwood, Arif Mardin, Peter-John Vettese
Bee Gees and Andy Gibb chronology
The Ultimate Bee Gees
(2009)
Mythology
(2010)
2012 Edition
2012 Reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Mythology is a box set compilation of recordings by the Gibb Brothers, mostly performed as the Bee Gees, arranged in a four disc set each highlighting a Gibb brother. Barry and Robin chose their own songs (presumably their personal favourites), with Maurice's songs selected by his widow Yvonne and Andy's songs selected by his daughter Peta.[2]

Background[edit]

All of the songs on Barry's & Robin's disc have already been released on CD, though several are receiving new remasters by Rhino/Reprise, which is true for all the songs in this set. Maurice's disc includes two unreleased tracks from 1999, "Angel of Mercy" and "The Bridge", as well as his 1984 single "Hold Her in Your Hand", which makes its CD debut. Missing from Maurice's disc is his jazzy "My Thing" from 1970 and a rare B-side, "I've Come Back" from 1970, of which the latter has never been released on CD. Andy's disc contains his previously unreleased final song from 1987, "Arrow Through the Heart", which was briefly heard on Behind the Music: Andy Gibb.[3]

Originally scheduled to be released on 3 November 2009,[4] it was subsequently pushed back to March 2010,[5] but was removed from Rhino's release schedule as that date approached. The set was eventually released on 15 November 2010. During Barry & Robin's appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in March, the set was shown complete with liner notes and pictures.

Barry says in liner notes, "They say the future is always brighter if you can let go of the past, but the Bee Gees will live forever in my heart. These are pretty much our personal favorites. When I look back now, it is more about the journey, not the arrival. Robin adds in liner notes. This is now the Bee Gees 50th anniversary. And by the Bee Gees, I mean all four brothers". Robin adds: "I always see our songs as 'just us brothers' having a good time. When I look back now, it is more about the journey, not the arrival".[6]

Mythology also features a collection of family photos, many never-before published, along with tributes from artists such as George Martin, Brian Wilson, Elton John, Graham Nash, and the band's long-time manager Robert Stigwood.[6]

Tracklisting[edit]

Disc 1 – Barry
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Spirits (Having Flown)"   Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb 5:21
2. "You Win Again"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:01
3. "Jive Talkin'"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:44
4. "To Love Somebody"   B Gibb, R Gibb 3:02
5. "Tragedy"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 5:03
6. "Too Much Heaven"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:58
7. "First of May"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 2:49
8. "More Than a Woman"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:15
9. "Love So Right"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:34
10. "Night Fever"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:31
11. "Words"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:13
12. "Don't Forget to Remember"   B Gibb, M Gibb 3:28
13. "If I Can't Have You"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:25
14. "Alone"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:49
15. "Heartbreaker"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:10
16. "How Deep Is Your Love"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:06
17. "Love You Inside Out"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:12
18. "Stayin' Alive"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:45
19. "Barker of the UFO"   B Gibb 1:48
20. "Swan Song"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 2:55
21. "Spicks and Specks"   B Gibb 2:52
Total length:
79:01
Disc 2 – Robin
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Am the World"   R Gibb 2:35
2. "New York Mining Disaster 1941"   B Gibb, R Gibb 2:09
3. "I Can't See Nobody"   B Gibb, R Gibb 3:45
4. "Holiday"   B Gibb, R Gibb 2:52
5. "Massachusetts"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 2:22
6. "Sir Geoffrey Saved the World"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 2:14
7. "And the Sun Will Shine"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:26
8. "The Singer Sang his Song"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:07
9. "I've Gotta Get a Message to You"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 2:59
10. "I Started a Joke"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:05
11. "Odessa (City on the Black Sea)"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 7:33
12. "Saved by the Bell"   R Gibb 3:20
13. "My World"   B Gibb, R Gibb 4:20
14. "Run to Me"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:11
15. "Love Me"   B Gibb, R Gibb 4:01
16. "Juliet"   R Gibb, M Gibb 3:46
17. "The Longest Night"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 5:46
18. "Fallen Angel"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:30
19. "Rings Around the Moon"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:30
20. "Embrace"   R Gibb 4:43
21. "Islands in the Stream"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb, Praskazrel Michel 4:15
Total length:
78:29
Disc 3 – Maurice
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Man in the Middle"   M Gibb, B Gibb 4:21
2. "Closer Than Close"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:34
3. "Dimensions"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 5:25
4. "House of Shame"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:51
5. "Suddenly"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 2:29
6. "Railroad"   M Gibb, William Lawrie 3:37
7. "Overnight"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:20
8. "It's Just the Way"   M Gibb 2:34
9. "Lay It on Me"   M Gibb 2:07
10. "Trafalgar"   M Gibb 3:53
11. "Omega Man"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:59
12. "Walking on Air"   M Gibb 4:05
13. "Country Woman"   M Gibb 2:48
14. "Angel of Mercy" (Previously unreleased duet with Samantha Gibb) B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:59
15. "Above and Beyond"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:27
16. "Hold Her in Your Hand"   B Gibb, M Gibb 4:23
17. "You Know It's For You"   M Gibb 2:56
18. "Wildflower"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:23
19. "On Time"   M Gibb 3:00
20. "The Bridge" (Previously unreleased duet with Adam and Samantha Gibb) M Gibb, Adam Gibb, Samantha Gibb 4:29
Total length:
77:40
Disc 4 – Andy
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shadow Dancing"   Andy, Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb 4:34
2. "I Just Want to Be Your Everything"   B Gibb 4:15
3. "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"   B Gibb, A Gibb 4:15
4. "An Everlasting Love"   B Gibb 4:06
5. "Desire"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 4:24
6. "(Our Love) Don't Throw it All Away"   B Gibb, Blue Weaver 4:07
7. "Flowing Rivers"   A Gibb 3:37
8. "Words and Music"   A Gibb 3:35
9. "I Can't Help It" (duet with Olivia Newton-John) B Gibb 4:07
10. "Time Is Time"   A Gibb, B Gibb 3:59
11. "Me (Without You)"   A Gibb 3:41
12. "After Dark"   B Gibb 4:17
13. "Warm Ride"   B Gibb, R Gibb, M Gibb 3:30
14. "Too Many Looks in Your Eyes"   A Gibb 4:10
15. "Man on Fire" (Demo) B Gibb, A Gibb, M Gibb 5:24
16. "Arrow Through the Heart" (Previously unreleased demo) B Gibb, A Gibb, M Gibb 3:43
17. "Starlight"   A Gibb 3:32
18. "Dance to the Light of the Morning"   A Gibb 3:19
19. "In The End"   A Gibb 3:16
Total length:
75:51

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