Mythology (Bee Gees album)

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Mythology
BeeGeesMythology.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedNovember 2010
RecordedJuly 1966 – September 2001
Genre
LabelReprise, Warner Bros.
Producer
Bee Gees and Andy Gibb chronology
The Ultimate Bee Gees
(2009)
Mythology
(2010)
2012 edition
2012 Reissue cover
2012 Reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 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.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."Spirits (Having Flown)" (with counting before the intro)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice GibbSpirits Having Flown, 19795:21
2."You Win Again"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbE.S.P., 19874:01
3."Jive Talkin'"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbMain Course, 19753:44
4."To Love Somebody" (stereo)B. Gibb, R. GibbBee Gees' 1st, 19673:02
5."Tragedy"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbSpirits Having Flown5:03
6."Too Much Heaven"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbSpirits Having Flown4:58
7."First of May" (stereo)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbOdessa, 19692:49
8."More Than a Woman"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbSaturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track, 19773:15
9."Love So Right"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbChildren of the World, 19763:34
10."Night Fever"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbSaturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track3:31
11."Words" (mono mix)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbNon-album single, 19683:13
12."Don't Forget to Remember"B. Gibb, M. GibbCucumber Castle, 19703:28
13."If I Can't Have You"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbB-side to the "Stayin' Alive" single, 19773:25
14."Alone"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbStill Waters, 19974:49
15."Heartbreaker"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbTheir Greatest Hits: The Record, 20014:10
16."How Deep Is Your Love"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbSaturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track4:06
17."Love You Inside Out"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbSpirits Having Flown4:12
18."Stayin' Alive"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbSaturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track4:45
19."Barker of the UFO" (mono mix previously unreleased on CD)B. GibbB-side to the "Massachusetts" UK single, 19671:48
20."Swan Song"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbIdea, 19682:55
21."Spicks and Specks"B. GibbSpicks and Specks, 19662:52
Total length:79:01

Disc 2 – Robin[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."I Am the World"R. GibbB-side to the "Spicks and Specks" single, 19662:35
2."New York Mining Disaster 1941" (stereo)B. Gibb, R. GibbBee Gees' 1st2:09
3."I Can't See Nobody" (stereo)B. Gibb, R. GibbBee Gees' 1st3:45
4."Holiday" (stereo)B. Gibb, R. GibbBee Gees' 1st2:52
5."Massachusetts" (stereo)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbHorizontal2:22
6."Sir Geoffrey Saved the World" (mono mix previously unreleased on CD)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbB-side to the "Massachusetts" (in the US) and "World" singles, 19672:14
7."And the Sun Will Shine" (stereo)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbHorizontal3:26
8."The Singer Sang His Song" (mono mix previously unreleased on CD)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbNon-album double A-side single, 19683:07
9."I've Gotta Get a Message to You" (mono single mix)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbA-side single, 19682:59
10."I Started a Joke" (stereo)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbIdea3:05
11."Odessa (City on the Black Sea)" (stereo)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbOdessa7:33
12."Saved by the Bell" (stereo / Solo track)R. GibbRobin's Reign, 19703:20
13."My World"B. Gibb, R. GibbNon-album single, 19724:20
14."Run to Me"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbTo Whom It May Concern, 19723:11
15."Love Me"B. Gibb, R. GibbChildren of the World4:01
16."Juliet" (Solo track)R. Gibb, M. GibbHow Old Are You?, 19833:46
17."The Longest Night" (full version)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbE.S.P.5:46
18."Fallen Angel"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbSize Isn't Everything, 19934:30
19."Rings Around the Moon"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbStill Waters bonus track, B-side to "Alone"4:30
20."Embrace"R. GibbThis Is Where I Came In, 20014:43
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 Record4:15
Total length:78:29

Disc 3 – Maurice[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."Man in the Middle"M. Gibb, B. GibbThis Is Where I Came In4:21
2."Closer Than Close"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbStill Waters4:34
3."Dimensions"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbHigh Civilization, 19915:25
4."House of Shame"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbOne, 19894:51
5."Suddenly" (stereo)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbOdessa2:29
6."Railroad" (Solo track)M. Gibb, William LawrieNon-album single, 19703:37
7."Overnight"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbE.S.P.4:20
8."It's Just the Way"M. GibbTrafalgar, 19712:34
9."Lay It on Me"M. Gibb2 Years On, 19702:07
10."Trafalgar"M. GibbTrafalgar3:53
11."Omega Man"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbSize Isn't Everything3:59
12."Walking on Air"M. GibbThis Is Where I Came In4:05
13."Country Woman"M. GibbB-side to the "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" single, 19712:48
14."Angel of Mercy" (Duet with Samantha Gibb)B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbPreviously unreleased, 20104:59
15."Above and Beyond"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbSize Isn't Everything4:27
16."Hold Her in Your Hand" (Solo track)B. Gibb, M. GibbNon-album single, 19844:23
17."You Know It's for You"M. GibbTo Whom It May Concern2:56
18."Wildflower"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbLiving Eyes, 19814:23
19."On Time"M. GibbB-side to the "My World" single3:00
20."The Bridge" (Trio with Adam and Samantha Gibb)M. Gibb, Adam Gibb, Samantha GibbPreviously unreleased4:29
Total length:77:40

Disc 4 – Andy[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Place of OriginLength
1."Shadow Dancing"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. Gibb, A. GibbShadow Dancing, 19784:34
2."I Just Want to Be Your Everything"B. GibbFlowing Rivers, 19774:15
3."(Love Is) Thicker Than Water"B. Gibb, A. GibbFlowing Rivers4:15
4."An Everlasting Love"B. GibbShadow Dancing4:06
5."Desire"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbAfter Dark4:24
6."(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away"B. Gibb, Blue WeaverShadow Dancing4:07
7."Flowing Rivers"A. GibbFlowing Rivers3:37
8."Words and Music" (album version)A. GibbFlowing Rivers4:42
9."I Can't Help It" (Duet with Olivia Newton-John)B. GibbAfter Dark4:07
10."Time Is Time" (full ending)A. Gibb, B. GibbA-side single, 19804:02
11."Me (Without You)"A. GibbAndy Gibb's Greatest Hits, 19803:41
12."After Dark"B. GibbAfter Dark4:17
13."Warm Ride"B. Gibb, R. Gibb, M. GibbAfter Dark3:30
14."Too Many Looks in Your Eyes"A. GibbFlowing Rivers4:10
15."Man on Fire" (Demo)B. Gibb, A. Gibb, M. GibbAndy Gibb, 19915:24
16."Arrow Through the Heart" (Demo)B. Gibb, A. Gibb, M. GibbPreviously unreleased3:43
17."Starlight"A. GibbFlowing Rivers3:32
18."Dance to the Light of the Morning"A. GibbFlowing Rivers3:19
19."In the End"A. GibbFlowing Rivers3:16
Total length:75:51

Charts[edit]

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