Some of you will already be aware that RobinGibb.com has a ‘members’ area that contains some otherwise unavailable material such Photos, Videos and Audio. In the Audio section there are some demos, mostly just short clips, but there are a few full-length tracks. Two of them below are the ones that I wanted to touch on. With the previous reviews a lot of you may have been at a disadvantage in not having access to the demos, but in this case it’s different because anyone can sign up to the members area and listen to them.
Islands In The Stream (acoustic)
Recorded at Metrophonics (produced by Graham Stack) in 2005, this track was recorded specifically for use on television appearances. The short write-up on Robin’s site suggests that this wasn’t the only song recorded for such purposes, but this is the only one (so far) to surface.
It’s a fairly standard rendition of the classic and Robin uses the “Ghetto superstar” line added on the remake originally released on the 2001 compilation “The Record”. Robin himself is in fine voice, although I feel it could benefit from a little more feeling in places. I’m a little confused as to why acoustic tracks would be recorded rather than a ‘meatier’ sound, but hey, I’m not complaining because us fans have gained a nice version of a classic song.
Recorded on 26 August 2011 by Robin whilst experimenting with the iPad Garageband application. According to the write-up the idea came to him at 5am in the morning and was completed in under two hours.
The track has a mostly acoustic music track with the lyrics sung in a completely different style to the normal “Robin” style we’re used to. It’s certainly wouldn’t become a hit single, but it’s definitely a ‘grower’ – I’ve listened to it a few times and the subdued vocal is actually quote haunting in its’ own right. Add in the lyrics which are quite personal – at least it sounds it to me – and the whole track comes together quite impressively considering it was done on an iPad!
As I said at the start, there are other songs on the list. Some of the highlights for fans are full demo of ‘Hold On To My Love’ that Robin did for Jimmy Ruffin and the full version of the unreleased ‘Sensuality’. You might also want to take a listen to the clip of the upcoming Titanic Requiem – it sounds epic.
It’s free to sign up, so what have you got to lose?