Mythology (Bee Gees album)

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Mythology
BeeGeesMythology.jpg
Box set by Bee Gees and Andy Gibb
Released November 2010
Recorded July 1966 – September 2001
Genre
Label Reprise, Warner Bros.
Producer
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] Several U.S. and U.K. hits are absent from this collection including "Lonely Days", "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart", "You Should Be Dancing", "Nights on Broadway", "World" and "One".

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]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 – Barry[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Spirits (Having Flown)" Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb Spirits Having Flown, 1979 5:21
2. "You Win Again" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb E.S.P., 1987 4:01
3. "Jive Talkin'" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Main Course, 1975 3:44
4. "To Love Somebody" B. Gibb, R. Gibb Bee Gees' 1st, 1967 3:02
5. "Tragedy" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Spirits Having Flown 5:03
6. "Too Much Heaven" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Spirits Having Flown 4:58
7. "First of May" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Odessa, 1969 2:49
8. "More Than a Woman" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track, 1977 3:15
9. "Love So Right" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Children of the World, 1976 3:34
10. "Night Fever" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track 3:31
11. "Words" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Non-album single, 1968 3:13
12. "Don't Forget to Remember" B. Gibb, M. Gibb Cucumber Castle, 1970 3:28
13. "If I Can't Have You" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track 3:25
14. "Alone" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Still Waters, 1997 4:49
15. "Heartbreaker" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Their Greatest Hits: The Record, 2001 4:10
16. "How Deep Is Your Love" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track 4:06
17. "Love You Inside Out" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Spirits Having Flown 4:12
18. "Stayin' Alive" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track 4:45
19. "Barker of the UFO" B. Gibb B-side to the "Massachusetts" UK single, 1967 1:48
20. "Swan Song" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Idea, 1968 2:55
21. "Spicks and Specks" B. Gibb Spicks and Specks, 1966 2:52
Total length: 79:01

Disc 2 – Robin[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "I Am the World" R. Gibb B-side to the "Spicks and Specks" single, 1966 2:35
2. "New York Mining Disaster 1941" B. Gibb, R. Gibb Bee Gees' 1st 2:09
3. "I Can't See Nobody" B. Gibb, R. Gibb Bee Gees' 1st 3:45
4. "Holiday" B. Gibb, R. Gibb Bee Gees' 1st 2:52
5. "Massachusetts" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Horizontal 2:22
6. "Sir Geoffrey Saved the World" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb B-side to the "Massachusetts" (in the US) and "World" singles, 1967 2:14
7. "And the Sun Will Shine" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Horizontal 3:26
8. "The Singer Sang His Song" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Non-album double A-side single, 1968 3:07
9. "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Idea (US release) 2:59
10. "I Started a Joke" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Idea 3:05
11. "Odessa (City on the Black Sea)" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Odessa 7:33
12. "Saved by the Bell" (Solo track) R. Gibb Robin's Reign, 1970 3:20
13. "My World" B. Gibb, R. Gibb Non-album single, 1972 4:20
14. "Run to Me" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb To Whom It May Concern, 1972 3:11
15. "Love Me" B. Gibb, R. Gibb Children of the World 4:01
16. "Juliet" (Solo track) R. Gibb, M. Gibb How Old Are You?, 1983 3:46
17. "The Longest Night" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb E.S.P. 5:46
18. "Fallen Angel" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Size Isn't Everything, 1993 4:30
19. "Rings Around the Moon" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Still Waters bonus track, B-side to "Alone" 4:30
20. "Embrace" R. Gibb This Is Where I Came In, 2001 4:43
21. "Islands in the Stream" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb, Praskazrel Michel (Additional lyrics borrowed from Pras Michel's "Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" credited for the 2001 Bee Gees recording) Their Greatest Hits: The Record 4:15
Total length: 78:29

Disc 3 – Maurice[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Man in the Middle" M. Gibb, B. Gibb This Is Where I Came In 4:21
2. "Closer Than Close" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Still Waters 4:34
3. "Dimensions" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb High Civilization, 1991 5:25
4. "House of Shame" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb One, 1989 4:51
5. "Suddenly" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Odessa 2:29
6. "Railroad" (Solo track) M. Gibb, William Lawrie Non-album single, 1970 3:37
7. "Overnight" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb E.S.P. 4:20
8. "It's Just the Way" M. Gibb Trafalgar, 1971 2:34
9. "Lay It on Me" M. Gibb 2 Years On, 1970 2:07
10. "Trafalgar" M. Gibb Trafalgar 3:53
11. "Omega Man" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Size Isn't Everything 3:59
12. "Walking on Air" M. Gibb This Is Where I Came In 4:05
13. "Country Woman" M. Gibb B-side to the "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" single, 1971 2:48
14. "Angel of Mercy" (Duet with Samantha Gibb) B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Previously unreleased, 2010 4:59
15. "Above and Beyond" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Size Isn't Everything 4:27
16. "Hold Her in Your Hand" (Solo track) B. Gibb, M. Gibb Non-album single, 1984 4:23
17. "You Know It's for You" M. Gibb To Whom It May Concern 2:56
18. "Wildflower" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb Living Eyes, 1981 4:23
19. "On Time" M. Gibb B-side to the "My World" single 3:00
20. "The Bridge" (Trio with Adam and Samantha Gibb) M. Gibb, Adam Gibb, Samantha Gibb Previously unreleased 4:29
Total length: 77:40

Disc 4 – Andy[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Place of Origin Length
1. "Shadow Dancing" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb, A. Gibb Shadow Dancing, 1978 4:34
2. "I Just Want to Be Your Everything" B. Gibb Flowing Rivers, 1977 4:15
3. "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water" B. Gibb, A. Gibb Flowing Rivers 4:15
4. "An Everlasting Love" B. Gibb Shadow Dancing 4:06
5. "Desire" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb After Dark, 1980; originally from the Bee Gees album Spirits Having Flown 4:24
6. "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" B. Gibb, Blue Weaver Shadow Dancing 4:07
7. "Flowing Rivers" A. Gibb Flowing Rivers 3:37
8. "Words and Music" A. Gibb Non-album single, 1975 3:35
9. "I Can't Help It" (Duet with Olivia Newton-John) B. Gibb After Dark 4:07
10. "Time Is Time" A. Gibb, B. Gibb Andy Gibb's Greatest Hits, 1980 3:59
11. "Me (Without You)" A. Gibb Andy Gibb's Greatest Hits 3:41
12. "After Dark" B. Gibb After Dark 4:17
13. "Warm Ride" B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb After Dark; originally from the 2007 reissue of Bee Gees Greatest, 1979 3:30
14. "Too Many Looks in Your Eyes" A. Gibb Flowing Rivers 4:10
15. "Man on Fire" (Demo) B. Gibb, A. Gibb, M. Gibb Previously unreleased 5:24
16. "Arrow Through the Heart" (Demo) B. Gibb, A. Gibb, M. Gibb Previously unreleased 3:43
17. "Starlight" A. Gibb Flowing Rivers 3:32
18. "Dance to the Light of the Morning" A. Gibb Flowing Rivers 3:19
19. "In the End" A. Gibb Flowing Rivers 3:16
Total length: 75:51

Charts[edit]

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