Shadow Dancing (album)

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Shadow Dancing
Studio album by Andy Gibb
Released April 1978 (US)
September 1978 (UK)
Recorded 1978
Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Disco, pop
Length 41:13
Label RSO
Spectrum (1992 Reissue)
Polydor (1998 Reissue)
Producer Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Andy Gibb chronology
Flowing Rivers
(1977)
Shadow Dancing
(1978)
After Dark
(1980)
Singles from Shadow Dancing
  1. "Shadow Dancing"
    Released: April 1978
  2. "An Everlasting Love"
    Released: June 1978
  3. "(Our Love) Don't Throw it All Away"
    Released: September 1978
  4. "Why"
    Released: September 1978

Shadow Dancing is the second album by English singer and teen idol Andy Gibb, released in 1978. Continuing the momentum of his first successes, notably "I Just Want to Be Your Everything", he began work with the Gibb-Galuten-Richardson production team on his second album. Although the album is not currently in print, it was released to iTunes along with the other two Andy Gibb albums in 2011.

The title track, written by Gibb and all three of his brothers, was released as a single in the US in April 1978 (alongside the album), and in mid-June began a seven-week run at #1, achieving platinum status. Two further top ten singles, "An Everlasting Love" (#5) and "(Our Love) Don't Throw it All Away" (#9), a song also released by his brothers in 1979, were extracted from the album, which became a million seller.

Andy's second album was made under the direction of Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson, mostly while Barry, Robin and Maurice were off filming Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band up to January. Barry again was executive producer and was present during recording of a few of the songs. John Sambataro, who sang backing and harmony vocals on the non-Barry songs, plays slide guitar. Later in 1978 he left the Andy Gibb band and went on tour with Dave Mason (ex-Traffic), and early in 1979 he became lead guitarist for McGuinn, Clark and Hillman, a band playing country rock along the lines of some of Andy's songs. Also on this album was Jock Bartley of the country rock band Firefall, then recording their third album at Criteria. They had their Bee Gees connections: the first two albums had been engineered by Karl Richardson, Joe Lala was a regular guest musician, and John Sambataro eventually joined Firefall in 1982 and recorded two albums with them.[1]

Amy Hanson at Allmusic described "Fool for a Night" as a 'bittersweet, up tempo piece of pop', "Melody" as a 'wistful love song', and "I Go for You" as 'smarmy as it may be in hindsight, was still better than many of its contemporaries'.[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks written by Andy Gibb, except where noted.
Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Shadow Dancing" (Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Andy Gibb) 4:34
2. "Why" (Andy Gibb, Barry Gibb) 4:31
3. "Fool For a Night"   3:20
4. "An Everlasting Love" (Barry Gibb) 4:06
5. "(Our Love) Don't Throw it All Away" (Barry Gibb, Blue Weaver) 4:07
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "One More Look at the Night"   3:45
2. "Melody"   4:00
3. "I Go For You"   4:19
4. "Good Feeling"   3:46
5. "Waiting For You"   4:13

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs - 1978". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Hanson, Amy. "Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
Preceded by
City to City by Gerry Rafferty
Canadian RPM Chart number-one album
29 July — 4 August 1978
Succeeded by
Some Girls by The Rolling Stones