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Robin's Reign

Robin GibbVinyl
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B001OQXL0U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1970 11 song solo release by this BeeGees brother. Includes Saved By The Bell and Mother and Jack.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, But Important Pop History April 21, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Out of print for many years, this album came from the split of the Bee Gees in 1969. Despite poor album sales the single `Saved By The Bell' went to #2 on the UK pop charts. It's an interesting and sometimes perplexing array of songs. Robin Gibb once mentioned that he felt the album was unfinished and that is noted. Pop historians have regarded this as a unique dive into baroque pop of its own kind. Although `One Million Years' and `August October' were also released as singles, the album is a hodgepodge of creativity. `Lord Bless All' is an overly overdubbed chorus, `Farmer Ferdinand Hudson' is a garbled mix of unintelligible lyrics and `The Worst Girl In This Town' is simply bewildering. However, some songs are simply pop gems like, `Give Me A Smile' and `Most Of My Life' with the classic Bee Gees orchestration for mood and backup. The use of horns is nicely done. There was to be another solo album called, "Sing Slowly Sisters" to follow, but the reunion of the Bee Gees placed that on the "lost albums" list. If you like Robin and his warbling voice, you'll enjoy this album. But don't forget that it was he who said he felt it was unfinished. Regardless, it is a piece of pop history.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a solo career! April 25, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am and have always been a fan of Robin Gibb, whether with Bee Gees or on his own solo career. With this CD,"Robin's Reign" this is a brilliant start to a wonderful career. Robin's most known song on this CD is "Saved By The Bell." A beautiful song that is melancholy, but has a haunting sound to it, like Robin's voice was through out his life. "August October" which is the first song is very beautiful along with "Lord Bless All." I recommend this to anyone who loves Robin Gibb or Bee Gees music. It's a classic.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More of historical interest March 19, 2014
By Cordo
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In March of 1969, shortly after release of their double album "Odessa," Robin Gibb quit The Bee Gees, reportedly over differences with older brother Barry. The Bee Gees never truly broke up as Maurice Gibb played on this one and even Barry played on a couple of tracks. Robin's #2 hit in England, "Saved by the Bell," is on here. The songs tend to have a sameness about them. Robin signs all the vocal parts and shines there, but the instrumentation tends to lean heavily on orchestra with "Saved by the Bell" (released in the US on the 1990 box set) being typical with steady acoustic guitars. "Saved by the Bell" was reportedly the first rock single to use a drum machine, so there is experimentation. "August October" and "One Million Years," the first and last songs on the album, are kind of depressing, about unrequited love and death. "Mother and Jack" shows Robin's storytelling talents which are very evident in some of the songs he contributed for Bee Gee 1st that were release on the expanded version.

Listening to Robin sing is not a bad way to spend 40 minutes or so. Production-wise, however, this album is very much of its time and is a part of Bee Gees history that will be of interest mostly to Bee Gees fans.
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