ARTIST: Robin Gibb
TITLE: Robin’s Reign
YEAR RELEASED: 1970
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Saved by the Bell (#2 UK), One Million Years
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Oh no.
LINEUP: Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, session orchestra
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After leaving the Bee Gees in a huff, Robin (who sang lead on many of their early hits) records a baroque-pop solo album. Um….no.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Sure, Barry Gibb was the main songwriter and musical mastermind of the Bee Gees (which I will get around to reviewing ALL of their records up to the 80’s because they’re chock-full-of-goodness), but Robin decided he should be the lead singer on their singles. Well, he decided to leave the group and showed them by truing a solo career.
The initial single was a huge hit in the UK. It went gold there. But, the rest of the album didn’t do as well. I can see why.
In my ears, it’s a baroque-an record (hahahahah). No, it is very baroque, like the Left Banke, but Gibb’s songwriting and even his vocals are sometimes weak. The Bee Gees worked best when all of the brothers sang together – here it’s just him and it’s not that compelling.
If you like heavily orchestrated light pop, it’s OK. But it’s not that great, and soon Robin went back to the group.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Maurice played on some sessions to help Robin, and brother Barry wasn’t too keen on it. This was the last solo album until the Bee Gees were in decline.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C-: Wow. This shows how valuable and integral Barry was to the success of the group