By Courtney E. Smith
Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees passed in May of 2012. His immediate family, wife Dwina Gibb and son RJ, have since compiled an album of his final recordings to be titled 50 St. Catherine’s Drive and released on Sept. 30.
Gibb was working on the album when he passed and the tracks assembled are largely from those original sessions, including the last tracks written and recorded by him.
The album is named, fittingly, for the address of the house where Gibb was born in Douglas on the Isle of Man. It will contain 17 tracks, largely written and recorded in 2006 and 2008, but not previously released. It is produced by Peter-John Vettese and will include liner notes written by his wife.
According to a press release, the album’s final track, “Sydney,” is a demo of the last track written and recorded by Gibb before his death.
“Robin composed this late at night, end of July 2011, at our home, The Prebendal,” Dwina Gibb said in the release. “He used the bedroom keyboards and then GarageBand on an iPad. He wished to finish this song in a studio with Barry [Gibb, his brother and fellow Bee Gees member], for a new album he hoped they would record together, but his health prevented this. He missed his twin brother Maurice, who had passed away; but when he closed his eyes, the three young brothers were back in Sydney, Australia, happy together with their dreams and hopes for the future. Their future creations of course affected the world. This fragment of song is poignant, wistful, beautiful and unfinished. It belongs on this album as one of his last works. He cried when he wrote it, and I wept when I heard it.”
Rolling Stone has a stream of one of Gibb’s recordings, an alternate version of the Bee Gees song “I Am the World.”