Walls Have Eyes
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|Walls Have Eyes|
|Studio album by Robin Gibb|
|Recorded||August - September 1985
Criteria Studios, Miami
|Genre||New wave, synthpop|
|Label||EMI America (US)
|Producer||Maurice Gibb, Tom Dowd|
|Robin Gibb chronology|
|Singles from Walls Have Eyes|
Walls Have Eyes is the fourth solo album released by British singer-songwriter Robin Gibb. It was released in November 1985 on EMI America Records in the US and Polydor Records throughout the rest of the world, and produced by Maurice Gibb and Tom Dowd. The two singles from the album, "Like a Fool" and "Toys", did not chart in the US and UK. Gibb did not release a solo album in eighteen years until 2003 with Magnet. Unlike Secret Agent which contains dance numbers, this album contains mostly ballads.
Barry Gibb co-wrote eight of the ten songs, and contributed a part lead vocal to "Toys". The credits for the songs are precisely stated as R. B. & M. Gibb in most cases, and B. R. & M. Gibb in others. Although the songs all have Robin's signature simplicity of form, Barry's hand is evident in the melody lines, especially in the verses.
Like the previous album Secret Agent, it was recorded in Criteria Studios rather than the Middle Ear Studio which was owned by the Bee Gees. The only regulars from previous Gibb recordings was George Terry on guitar with Steve Farris of Mr. Mister. Session musician Phil Chen was credited as the bass player on the song "Gone with the Wind".
The album was produced by Atlantic Records engineer and producer Tom Dowd. The copyright registrations on the songs span only between 28 August to 16 September 1985, and a period of just a few weeks keys in with what Dowd recalled a tight budget. On the sessions, there was one outtake, "Modern Girls"; Gibb later said that this "did not fit".
The album did not chart as well as the lead single "Like a Fool". However, Like a Fool was a smash hit in Brazil and the single "Toys" did reach #27 on the Canada Adult Contemporary chart. Walls Have Eyes is rare on compact disc giving its distinction as the last solo album recorded by any of the Gibb brothers issued on vinyl until Barry's In the Now in 2016. Polydor copies of the album which were converted onto CD were found, but because of low sales, it was not later reissued on CD internationally.
A remixed version of "Toys" appeared on the Tales from the Brothers Gibb box set in 1990.
All songs written by Robin, Barry and Maurice Gibb, except where noted.
|1.||"You Don't Say Us Anymore" (Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb)||4:05|
|2.||"Like a Fool"||3:58|
|3.||"Heartbeat in Exile"||4:13|
|1.||"Someone to Believe In"||3:31|
|2.||"Gone with the Wind" (Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb)||3:35|
|3.||"These Walls Have Eyes"||4:20|
|5.||"Do You Love Her?"||3:13|
- Robin Gibb — lead and backing vocals
- Maurice Gibb — keyboards, bass, backing vocals
- Barry Gibb — backing vocals on "Toys"
- Sandy Gennaro — drums
- George Terry — guitar
- Steve Farris — guitar
- Alto Reed — horns
- Ed Calle — horns
- Valter Antunes - Percussion
- Duane Hitchings — keyboards
- Mitchell Froom — keyboards
- Phil Chen — bass on "Gone with the Wind"
- Dennis Hetzendorfer — engineer
- Leslie Shapiro - assistant audio engineer
- Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1985".
- Discogs.com. "Robin Gibb - Walls Have Eyes (original release)".
- "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts" (PDF). brothersgibb.org. Retrieved 11 January 2015.