Bee Gees Demos – Part 15

Maurice Gibb, A Breed Apart

Maurice’s second unreleased album

A Breed Apart features Maurice’s film score and two of his songs.

The movie stars Rutger Hauer and Kathleen Turner.  It is set on an island inhabited by some rare eagles and a man by the name of Jim. One day a stranger named Mike arrives, supposedly to see the eagles.  We find out when Jim has left to visit his friend Stella and her son Adam on the mainland, that Mike plans to steal one of the eagles’ eggs.

One of the songs ‘Hold Her in Your Hand’ could be about both Stella and the eagle; whilst ‘On Time’ appears in a scene during Jim’s visit to Stella.

A single version of ‘Hold Her in Your Hand’, only had limited released in the UK, Australia, and South Africa.

The soundtrack album was never released, even though one was prepared.

I’m rubbish at describing music so this is going to be a bit bereft of description! Apologies in advance.  I have located some of these on YouTube so that you can listen for yourselves.[edit 11:32] I had found a couple of these tunes on YouTube but they have disappeared, hence the only link is “Adam’s Dream” on the  ‘demos’ page.  There is a link to “Hold Her In Your Hand” and “On Time” under ‘Rare’

1. Hold Her In Your Hand

Written by Maurice & Barry Gibb (1981)

There are five versions of this song on the demos CD: a slow version, the single version, an extended version, an instrumental version (the B-side of the single) and an “instrumental ending” version.

When you hear songs like this it does make you wonder why Maurice didn’t do lead vocal more often.  It’s a country-sounding love song sung brilliantly.

2. A Breed Apart

Written by Maurice Gibb

Instrumental.

3. Jim’s Theme

Written by Maurice Gibb

Instrumental.

4. Solitude

Written by Maurice Gibb

Instrumental.

5. The Intruders

Written by Maurice Gibb

Instrumental.

6. On Time

Written by Maurice Gibb (1971)

This is a remake of Maurice’s 1971 single.  It’s a lot more ‘funkier’ and if it had been completely finished it would been fantastic.  In the end the original was used in the film.  It’s mainly a drum-machine and guitar backing track with some synthesiser.

7. Mike And The Mountain

Written by Maurice Gibb

Instrumental

8. Adam’s Dream

Written by Maurice Gibb

Instrumental

9. A Touch Apart

Written by Maurice Gibb

Instrumental

10. The Breed Ending

Written by Maurice Gibb

Instrumental.

Next up: Barry’s Eaten Alive demos

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