Secret Agent (Robin Gibb album)

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Secret Agent
Secret Agent Robin Gibb.jpg
Studio album by Robin Gibb
Released June 1984 (1984-06) (US)
July 1984 (1984-07) (UK)
Recorded March–June 1984
Criteria Studios, Miami
Genre Synthpop, new wave, dance-pop, electronic, freestyle
Label Mirage/Atco/Atlantic Records (US)
Polydor Records (UK)
Producer Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Mark Liggett, Chris Barbosa, Dean John Horton
Robin Gibb chronology
How Old Are You?
(1983)How Old Are You?1983
Secret Agent
(1984)
Walls Have Eyes
(1985)Walls Have Eyes1985
Singles from Secret Agent
  1. "Boys Do Fall in Love"
    Released: May 1984
  2. "Secret Agent"
    Released: August 1984

Secret Agent is the third solo album by the British singer-songwriter Robin Gibb, released in 1984. The album enjoyed limited success, mostly in Europe and Australia. The lead single "Boys Do Fall in Love" made the Top 10 in Italy and South Africa.

Background[edit]

The album followed on from How Old Are You? the previous year with Robin's twin brother Maurice again co-writing and playing keyboards. Three songs were written by all three Bee Gees, including oldest brother Barry. The album is heavily electronic, relying mostly on multi-layered keyboards with bass and drums played on synthesizers. Recording took place at Criteria Studios as Barry Gibb was occupying the Bee Gees' own Middle Ear studio at the time, recording his solo debut Now Voyager.

Robin and Maurice continued the Bee Gees tradition of "making it up" in the recording studio. Assistant engineer Richard Achor recalled the years when Robin and Maurice would come in with only ideas for songs. Robin wrote lyrics with Maurice, and sometimes they set up drum and synthesizer grooves first, in which a song would work out from that. Maurice played synthesizer and keyboard, but played relatively little on the finished tracks in favor of Rob Kilgore's expertise. Robin had long been interested in the electronic sound and Maurice was a willing accomplice. The concept was to carry on the sound of the big freestyle hit by Shannon, her 1983 song "Let the Music Play", which is why Robin brought in the same producers, Mark Liggett and Chris Barbosa, and musicians Rob Kilgore and Jim Tunnell to work on the album.[1]

Robin asked Barbosa and Liggett to produce this album. As Barbosa explained: "Robin really wanted a dance hit, he specifically wanted to avoid a Bee Gees sound-alike record."[2]

"The Gibb project was different for us in that way", Liggett added. "We're not usually working with mega budgets, and its better that way. All the money comes out of your pockets anyway."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Robin and Maurice Gibb, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Boys Do Fall in Love" 3:50
2. "In Your Diary" (Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Barry Gibb) 3:41
3. "Robot" 3:42
4. "Rebecca" 3:51
5. "Secret Agent" 4:58
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Living in Another World" (Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Barry Gibb) 3:40
2. "X-Ray Eyes" 3:53
3. "King of Fools" 3:40
4. "Diamonds" 3:57

Personnel[edit]

Production

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1984) Position
United States Billboard 200 204
West German Media Control Albums Chart 31
Swiss Albums Chart 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1984". 
  2. ^ a b Weinger, Harry. Liggett, Barbosa: Let It Play. Retrieved 11 February 2013.