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Gibb, Andy - 1978 Shadow Dancing
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Eric
on June 14 2008, In 1978 Articles , 4 Comments , 2491 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Gibb, Andy
ALBUM: Shadow Dancing
LABEL: RSO
SERIAL: RS-1-3034 (USA), RSS 0001 (UK)
YEAR: 1978

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Andy Gibb - lead & background vocals * Joey Murcia - electric guitar * Tim Renwick - acoustic & electric guitars * George Bitzer, Paul Harris - keyboards * Tubby Ziegler - drums * Harold Cowart - bass * Joe Lala - percussion * Jock Bartley, Don Felder - guitars * John Sambataro - slide guitar, background vocals * Albhy Galuten - synthesizer * Peter Graves, Ken Faulk, Whit Sidner, Bill Purse, Neil Bonsanti, Stan Webb - horns * Barry Gibb - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Shadow Dancing * 02 Why * 03 Fool For A Night * 04 An Everlasting Love * 05 (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away * 06 One More Look At The Night * 07 Melody * 08 I Go For You * 09 Good Feeling * 10 Waiting For You


Background
Ok, no matter what your opinion of their music 1978 was the year of the Bee Gees. It was a crazy time. Disco was at its peak, love it or hate the Bee Gees dominated 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack was in full swing and everyone from Rare Earth to Yvonne Elliman latched on to the glitter ball and found themselves charting with songs penned by the brothers Gibb with varying degrees of success. Andy, the youngest of the Gibb's went his own way early on with his first album 'Flowing Rivers' released in 1977 which unleashed a couple hits with 'I Just Want to Be Your Everything' and '(Love Is) Thicker Than Water', yet despite less than enthusiastic reviews from the rock press of the day, a star was born and with his sophomore album 'Shadow Dancing', Gibb's career had become a pop music supernova spiraling to the top, while his personal life was slowly starting to implode.


The Songs
Produced and partially co-written with big brother Barry Gibb, 'Shadow Dancing' in my opinion is one of the best pop albums of the 'Me' decade, but let's be honest, it's hard to separate Andy from the rest of the family vocally and stylistically on this record especially with Barry behind the controls. It's all very interchangeable with the Bee Gees post 'Main Course', but perhaps a little more consistent. With the opening and massive selling title track, to the up tempo and unforgivably catchy 'Why', Gibb delivers nine minutes of cavity inducing pop candy, but it only gets better with two other smash singles; 'An Everlasting Love' with it's soaring and never ending hook and the classic ballad '(Our Love) 'Don't Throw It All Away' which stands shoulder to shoulder with the Bee Gees 'How Deep Is Your Love' in the saccharine sweepstakes. Later, Andy offers up his own songs and while none of them hold up to those with Barry's involvement, they're not that bad either and worth the effort to stick around for as the record's blockbusters are still ringing in your ears.


In Summary
A major headlining tour followed with support from Alessi, but drug problems started to take their toll on Gibb and with the inevitable Bee Gees and Disco backlash of 1979, his prospects began to look bleak. Another record followed in 1980 'After Dark' generating a couple more hits, but his habits and broken relationships left Andy a broken man who despite trying to jump start his career several times, just couldn't get it together, passing away in 1988 due to a heart condition caused by his long time abuse of cocaine.


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#1 | jeffduran on June 16 2008 23:57:14
This and 'After Dark' are decents platters imo.
#2 | rostoned on June 28 2008 12:32:25
' (Our love) Don't Throw It All Away ' is a superb and overlooked pop gem, even if I prefer his brothers take. This album was reissued on CD along with the rest of his work in the late 90s but now, oddly enuff, all his output is way out of print (including any compilation!) and as a consequence it's rather expen$$ive on the 2nd hand/third parties e-market. The forgotten shooting (pop) star? helpless
#3 | DEMONAOR on July 08 2008 18:00:21
Good Album
#4 | JuniorNB on August 12 2008 17:27:20
Very good album. Andy's best, IMO. Besides the hits, the songs 'Why' and 'Good Feelings' are terrific.
This came from '78, a time when Barry Gibb seemingly could write great songs at will. If you like Spirits Having Flown, you'll love this one.
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