(Our Love) Don't Throw it All Away

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"(Our Love) Don't Throw it All Away" is a song penned by Barry Gibb and Blue Weaver and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977 on the Saturday Night Fever sessions but was not released until Bee Gees Greatest (1979). It was released as a single by Andy Gibb on his version from his second studio album Shadow Dancing.

Andy Gibb's version[edit]

"(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away"
Single by Andy Gibb
from the album Shadow Dancing
B-side "One More Look At The Night"
Released September 1978
Format 7"
Recorded December 1977 - January 1978
Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California
Genre Soft rock, soul
Length 4:07
Label RSO Records
Writer(s) Barry Gibb, Blue Weaver
Producer(s) Gibb-Galuten-Richardson
Andy Gibb singles chronology
"An Everlasting Love"
(1978)
"(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away"
(1978)
"Why"
(1978)

Released as the third single on September 1978 from his Shadow Dancing album but only in the United States. The song was also his fifth single that reached the US Top 10. The single reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1] When Andy Gibb was going to record it, Barry reworked on the song adding the middle eight that was not on the original Bee Gees' version,[2] as Blue Weaver recalls, "When Andy actually went to record it, Barry listened to it [the original version] again and thought, 'Oh, it's not finished', so Barry wrote the whole of the middle-eight.[3]

Allmusic's Amy Hanson described this version as a "tender ballad" that suited to Andy's voice.[2] "Don't Throw it All Away" has appeared on Andy's three greatest hits album.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 61
Brazilian Singles Chart[5] 7
Canada (RPM)[6] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 21
Japan (Oricon)[5] 27
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 32
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 9
US Billboard Easy Listening Charts[8] 2
US Cash Box[9] 7
US Radio & Records[5] 10
US Record World[5] 9

Bee Gees' version[edit]

"(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away"
Song by Bee Gees from the album Bee Gees Greatest
Released October 1979
Recorded February and March 1977
Le Chateau, Herouville, France
April 1977
Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
Genre Soul, soft rock
Length 4:02
Label RSO
Writer Barry Gibb
Composer Blue Weaver
Producer Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson

The Bee Gees version of the song, the first version ever recorded by anyone, was recorded in 1977 during the sessions for Saturday Night Fever, but was not released until the compilation Bee Gees Greatest 1979.[8] Barry Gibb is the only member of the Bee Gees to appear on the recording.

Barry wrote the lyrics while Weaver composed the melody. Weaver said of this song, "That was me playing around again; It wasn't done for [Saturday Night Fever], it was just something that we did".[3] The stereo mix of an early state of the song exists but was unreleased until now. Samantha Sang, who was visiting France where this version was recorded asking Barry for a song, not long afterwards, Barry sent Sang "Don't Throw it All Away" but Sang never recorded or released in favor of the new song "Emotion".[10]

During the Bee Gees' One Night Only tour, they performed the song with Andy's vocal mixed in during the second stanza, chorus, bridge and the coda of the song years after Andy died.

Personnel[edit]

Other versions[edit]

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt also covered the song on her 1996 self-titled album. A rare promotional single for the song was released on January 22, 1997.
  • Barbra Streisand recorded her rendition of the song in 2005 off her album Guilty Pleasures, which had Barry Gibb on the album cover with her.[11] On Streisand's version, Barry Gibb is heard singing also the chorus.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shadow Dancing Billboard singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b Hanson, Amy. "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away - Andy Gibb". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales of the Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  4. ^ David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Gerard. "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts" (PDF). brothersgibb.org. Archived from the original on 2015-01-01. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "CAN Charts > Andy Gibb". RPM. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  7. ^ "UK Charts > Andy Gibb". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  8. ^ a b c "US Charts > Andy Gibb". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-05-20. 
  9. ^ "Cashbox Top 100 Singles". December 23, 1978. Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  10. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1977". Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Streisand - Guilty Pleasures". Discogs.com. Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 2005". Archived from the original on 2015-01-03. Retrieved 31 December 2014.