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Bee Gees Demos – Part 19

Bee Gees – One Demos

Recording for this album was delayed by the unexpected loss of brother Andy on 10 March 1988.  Barry, Robin, and Maurice were hit hard by the loss but attempted to begin recording in April.

They completed the commissioned song for the Olympics, ‘Shape of Things to Come’. They wrote a new song ‘Wish You Were Here’ for Andy. But it seems like it was too much too soon and they took six months off.

Recording did not resume until November and did not finish till 1989.

1. Ordinary Lives

Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

Similar to the finished article, the demo starts with a longer drum intro.  It is otherwise the same in vocal – down to the spoken part – and lyrics, as well as musically.

2. One

Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

Like E.S.P. there were a number of versions of this track: the shorter single mix, a 12 inch mix (shorter still at 3:50), the Club mix, a Dub mix, an edited remix and a dance mix.

This demo is almost a finished recording; the only discernable difference is the lack of the “We are one” harmony vocal break before the line “I will follow, count on me I’ll never let you down” and the ad-libs before the final chorus heading into the fade.

3. Bodyguard

Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

This one is all-but-complete; the ad-libs are all in place and the music is pretty much there.

4. It’s My Neighborhood

Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

This song was written back in 1984 and may have been recorded by Andy in 1986 – at least he mentioned in an interview at the time that he had recorded the song.

This is not quite as complete-sounding as Bodyguard, at least musically.  The elements are there but haven’t quite been fine-tuned yet.  There are also some different overdubs that didn’t make it to the finished recording.

5. Tokyo Nights

Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

Borrowing some info from Joe Brennan’s entry this song was apparently first written by Robin and Maurice without Barry present.  It was re-done with Barry.

There are some minor lyrical differences and the music is still in the early stages. Maurice is very prominent on the backing vocals.

6. Flesh And Blood

Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

Similar to the final song but Robin sings the first verse in a little tighter, almost straining vocal.  The harmony on the chorus is the same, though.  Second verse is more like the album track.  The music on the demo ends rather than fading.

7. Wish You Were Here

Written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

Written explicitly about Andy and is suitably emotional.  Again, there isn’t much different other than the odd lyric and the music track, but the elements are there.

This is the last album of demos that I’ve been able to get my hands on.

I so have numerous collections that have different demos on them and I may in future do one more of these with some of the non-album songs and songs not recorded by the Bee Gees.

I’ll need to go through them all first to collate a list, so the next post in this series will be a list of those CDs with track listings and scans of the album art.  It take a couple of days to put this together, though.

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One comment on “Bee Gees Demos – Part 19

  1. Right on!

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