Secret Agent (Robin Gibb album)
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|Studio album by Robin Gibb|
July 1984 (UK)
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|
|Singles from Secret Agent|
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.
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.
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."
"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."
All tracks written by Robin and Maurice Gibb, except where noted.
|1.||"Boys Do Fall in Love"||3:50|
|2.||"In Your Diary" (Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Barry Gibb)||3:41|
|1.||"Living in Another World" (Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Barry Gibb)||3:40|
|3.||"King of Fools"||3:40|
- Robin Gibb - lead vocal
- Maurice Gibb - keyboards, backing vocal, synthesizer, guitar
- Rob Kilgore - keyboards, synthesizer, guitar
- Chris Barbosa - sequencers
- Jim Tunnell - guitar, backing vocal
- Evan Rogers - backing vocal
- Cindy Mizelle - backing vocal
- Audrey Wheeler - backing vocal
- Arlene Gold - backing vocal
- Lari White - backing vocal
- Lori Ellsworth - backing vocal
- Dennis Hetzendorfer - engineer
- Richard Achor - engineer
- Mike Fuller - engineer
- Mark Tucker - photography
|United States Billboard 200||204|
|West German Media Control Albums Chart||31|
|Swiss Albums Chart||20|