Now Voyager

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This article is about the album by Barry Gibb. For the film, see Now, Voyager. For the musician, see The Source (musician). For the album by The Cape Race, see Now, Voyager (album).
Now Voyager
Studio album by Barry Gibb
Released September 1984
Recorded undated 1984 at Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida and May 1984 at Ocean Way, Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop rock, post-disco, dance, synthpop
Length 47:53[1]
Label MCA (US)
Polydor (UK)
Producer Barry Gibb, Karl Richardson
Singles from Now Voyager
  1. "Shine, Shine"
    Released: August 1984
  2. "Fine Line"
    Released: October 1984

Now Voyager is the debut solo album by Barry Gibb, it was his officially first solo album. It was released in 1984, although he had recorded an entire album in 1970 called The Kid's No Good, which never received official release.

The album contains his biggest hits "Shine, Shine" and "Fine Line". The album also included the Olivia Newton-John duet "Face to Face", which was released as a promo single. In 1986, Gibb recorded his third solo album Moonlight Madness, which remains unreleased, leaving Now Voyager his only officially released album. Gibb co-produced the album with Karl Richardson, who worked with the Bee Gees from 1976 to 1979. Richardson worked with Barry until 1986, his last project with Barry being Moonlight Madness.

Background[edit]

In August 1983, Irving Azoff signed Gibb to the MCA Records for North America, and Gibb was signed for a few million dollars to a multi-album deal. Although Polydor Records still had rights on Gibb's album outside the United States.[2]

In a December 1983 interview, the Bee Gees announced that they had five album projects for 1984, a compilation album with three new materials, a Barry Gibb album for the spring, an album by Robin Gibb and the Bee Gees album for the summer, and they also announced that Andy Gibb was releasing a new album for the first time in four years, and producing albums by Dolly Parton and Diana Ross in 1985.[2]

Recording[edit]

Keyboardist George Bitzer co-wrote songs on this album (except songs 4 and 10) as well as Barry's brothers Maurice co-wrote "I Am Your Driver", "Lesson in Love", "Temptation" and "The Hunter" and Robin also on the "The Hunter". Barry himself wrote two songs for the album "Shatterproof" and "She Says".

This album sounded like a Bee Gees album minus the harmonies of Robin and Maurice Gibb and throughout most of it, danceable rhythms and synthesizer work were noticeable. An example was the song "Fine Line". This album actually did better commercially than the most recent Bee Gees 1981 album Living Eyes.[3] He started to record demos in August 1983 with the track "I Wanna Go Home with You", and he continued to record from November to December 1983, with the songs "Face to Face", "The Hunter", "Fine Line", "One Night (For Lovers)" and "Illusions". The musicians who played on the demos were Maurice Gibb on guitar, bass and synthesizer, and George Bitzer on piano and synthesizer.[2]

It was recorded at Middle Ear Studios, except for the string sweetening on few tracks which was done at Ocean Way in Los Angeles. Recording was perhaps done in May in order to allow for filming the audio-visual version of the album. Filming was done in August. Albhy Galuten is notably absent from the production team as he left for California in 1983 after disagreeing with Barry Gibb on where to go next. Galuten wanted to break free from the studio straight jacket of recording tracks to mechanical beats and dubbing onto them.[4] As Galuten said:

Instead he suggested that they rent a theater in New York City where Barry could do a series of live performances before audiences for a week, using all the session players they usually used. They would record all the shows and pick the best take of each new song. Barry did not want to do it and Albhy moved on, but Karl Richardson carried on. The musicians were played on the album were Michael Brecker (who also worked with Steely Dan, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and others), Randy Brecker (who also worked with Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen and others). Roger Daltrey of The Who, Olivia Newton-John, Harry Wayne Casey of KC and the Sunshine Band and others sings backup on "Fine Line". Jimmie Haskell, who conduct the orchestra was also worked with Maurice earlier in 1984.[4]

Release[edit]

The album reached originally #72 in US Billboard 200 before dropping to #88 then #119 on 24 November 1984[6] and #148 on 8 December 1984. The album also charted in Germany (#38) and in Netherlands (#34) both in three weeks.[7] The album had three singles, including "Shine, Shine", "Fine Line" and the promo single "Face to Face".

Gibb finally released his second solo album Now Voyager as he explained:

"It's something I always wanted to do, but I never quite felt confident enough to do it. The man who was really made me think seriously about it was Irving Azoff, who convinced me that there was possibly a market out there for me. As unhappy about it was we were at the time, we now appreciate why it didn't do well. We worked nine months on that album. That's crazy. I think you lose energy by doing that. The message has to be that we really can't take so long making albums. The business doesn't like to see its artists get too hot. I think the same thing may apply to Michael [Jackson]. As talented as the guy is, people will only hear something so many times and then they're ready for something else."[8]

He also released a full-length Now Voyager video. Several large posters for Now Voyager can been seen in the background of a record store in the Woody Allen film Hannah and Her Sisters. The album was mastered in Sterling Sound, New York and printed and made in West Germany.[9] It was his only studio album that was officially released and credited to himself.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Am Your Driver"   Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, George Bitzer 4:43
2. "Fine Line"   Barry Gibb, George Bitzer 5:07
3. "Face to Face" (duet with Olivia Newton-John) Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, George Bitzer 4:18
4. "Shatterproof"   Barry Gibb 3:59
5. "Shine, Shine"   Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, George Bitzer 4:43
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lesson in Love"   Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, George Bitzer 3:52
2. "One Night (For Lovers)"   Barry Gibb, George Bitzer 4:15
3. "Stay Alone"   Barry Gibb, George Bitzer 3:49
4. "Temptation"   Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, George Bitzer 3:34
5. "She Says"   Barry Gibb 4:07
6. "The Hunter"   Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, George Bitzer 4:27

Personnel[edit]

Production

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barry Gibb albums at A to Z Music Free". A to Z Music Free. Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1983". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Maurice Gibb". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1984". Retrieved 12 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales from the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Billboard: the 200 Albums". 24 November 1984. p. 73. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Barry Gibb - Now Voyager". italiancharts.com. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Green, Paul. Barry Gibb Setting Sail On Maiden Solo 'Voyage'. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  9. ^ Barry Gibb - Now Voyager at Disco2Go
  10. ^ a b "Barry Gibb at Burning the Ground". Burning the Ground. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Barry Gibb - Now Voyagers". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Barry Gibb Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Billboard: the Top 200 Albums". Billboard. 24 November 1984. p. 73. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  14. ^ "Barry Gibb - Now Voyager". officialcharts.de. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  15. ^ Billboard: Top 200 Albums. Billboard. 8 December 1984. p. 71. Retrieved 19 December 2014.