Still Waters (Bee Gees album)

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Still Waters
Album Still Waters.jpg
Studio album by
Released10 March 1997 (UK)
6 May 1997 (US)
RecordedOctober 1995 – August 1996
at Middle Ear Studios, Miami Beach
GenreContemporary R&B, new jack swing, pop rock
Length53:40
LabelPolydor (UK)
A&M (USA)
ProducerBarry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Russ Titelman, David Foster, Hugh Padgham, Raphael Saadiq, Arif Mardin
Bee Gees chronology
Size Isn't Everything
(1993)
Still Waters
(1997)
One Night Only
(1998)

Still Waters is the twenty-first studio album by the pop group the Bee Gees, released on 10 March 1997 in the UK by Polydor, and on 6 May the same year in the US by A&M.

Background[edit]

In 1994, the Bee Gees and Polydor Records had planned a major tour to promote Size Isn't Everything (1993) but it was postponed in February the same year due to Barry Gibb's trouble with arthritis in his back, right hand and right knee. Following the cancellation of the tour, Robin Gibb told the press that the group was working on an album of acoustic versions of songs they had written for other artists. The project was later called Love Songs, which featured some new recordings and was announced as the Bee Gees' new album in September 1994 and planned for release on 14 February (Valentine's Day) of 1995. However, their record company rejected the album.[1]

Around 1994, the Bee Gees did record six songs, one of which was called "Miracles Happen" which was written and recorded to be the title song for a new film version of Miracle on 34th Street; the Bee Gees got the job in June 1994 and quickly returned this recording, with a boys’ choir and a big string section backing them. The filmmakers however decided later to use only old Christmas songs. On the same session, they also did their own version of their compositions such as "Emotion" (Samantha Sang), "Heartbreaker" (Dionne Warwick), "Love Never Dies" and "Rings Around the Moon", which were later released as B-sides.[1]

Recording[edit]

In July 1995, they started with seven demos for what would become included on the album, along with four demos recorded in the second quarter of 1995. In the October 1995 sessions they recorded their rendition of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" for a Carole King tribute album Tapestry Revisited: A Tribute to Carole King.[2]

In March 1996, they relocated to The Hit Factory in New York to record two songs. Around 1996, the Bee Gees used session musicians to complete the entire album, produced by Russ Titelman. Also in 1996, the Bee Gees recorded two songs with two members of P.M. Dawn, Attrel Cordes and Jarett Cordes. The producer on "With My Eyes Closed" was Raphael Saadiq. "Still Waters (Run Deep)" was produced by Hugh Padgham. The last song recorded for the album was "Closer than Close" which features Maurice Gibb's lead vocals produced by the brothers themselves.[3]

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[4]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly(C)[6]
Los Angeles Times2/4 stars[7]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[8]

The Bee Gees recorded further new songs in 1996 and 1997, and Still Waters was released in March 1997. Though receiving lukewarm reviews from critics, the album was their most successful album in almost twenty years; it was released at a time when the Bee Gees were being awarded for lifetime achievements, had recently been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and were regaining high exposure on television, particularly VH1. The album sold over 5 million copies worldwide,[citation needed] peaking at No. 2 on the UK Albums Chart and reaching No. 11 in the United States. The Bee Gees made the album with a variety of top producers, including Russ Titelman, David Foster, Hugh Padgham, and Arif Mardin. The first single off the album, "Alone", was a worldwide hit, peaking at No. 5 in the UK and No. 28 in the United States, where it began as a "hot shot debut" at No. 34. "I Could Not Love You More" and "Still Waters (Run Deep)" also reached the UK top 20.

In a special agreement with Target, Polydor also sold a special edition of the album which included a bonus CD of songs from their VH1 Storytellers concert. This CD has never been made commercially available outside of the Target agreement.

Reception[edit]

“There is life in the old dog yet! The water is still flowing in the river under the family name of Bee Gees! The brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb did their best once again, for the umpteenth time, or rather to be even said, in their own style, as always,” the album left a very good impression on the stuff of the newspaper “Muzykalnaya Gazeta”.[9]

Aftermath[edit]

In 2003 Robin Gibb re-recorded the track "My Lover's Prayer" as a duet with Alistair Griffin. This reached No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart as a double A-side single with Griffin's solo recording of "Bring It On". It also appears on Griffin's debut album Bring It On, which reached No. 12 on the UK Albums Chart.

The album became one of the first of the Bee Gees' catalogue to be re-released on Reprise Records after the group regained the rights to all of their recordings in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.

  1. "Alone" – 4:49 (Lead Vocal: Barry and Robin)
  2. "I Surrender" – 4:18 (Lead Vocal: Barry)
  3. "I Could Not Love You More" – 3:43 (Lead Vocal: Barry)
  4. "Still Waters Run Deep" – 4:08 (Lead Vocal: Barry and Robin)
  5. "My Lover's Prayer" – 4:00 (Lead Vocal: Barry and Robin)
  6. "With My Eyes Closed" – 4:19 (Lead Vocal: Barry)
  7. "Irresistible Force" – 4:36 (Lead Vocal: Robin and Barry)
  8. "Closer Than Close" – 4:34 (Lead Vocal: Maurice)
  9. "I Will" – 5:08 (Lead Vocal: Barry and Robin)
  10. "Obsessions" – 4:43 (Lead Vocal: Barry)
  11. "Miracles Happen" – 4:12 (Lead Vocal: Barry)
  12. "Smoke and Mirrors" – 5:00 (Lead Vocal: Robin)

Bonus tracks

  1. "Rings Around the Moon" – 4:30 (Lead Vocal: Robin)
  2. "Love Never Dies" – 4:07 (Lead Vocal: Robin and Maurice)

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[35] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[36] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[38] Gold 225,100[37]
Germany (BVMI)[39] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[40] Gold 50,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[41] Gold 50,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[45] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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