Robin Gibb's last recorded song to feature on new album

Named after the house where he was born, the album includes the singer’s final, unfinished composition, Sydney

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An unheard Robin Gibb album is to be released this year, featuring the last song that the late Bee Gees singer wrote and performed on.

Entitled 50 St Catherine’s Drive, the album includes a new version of the 1966 Bee Gees classic I Am the World, as well as three song-writing contributions from his son RJ Gibb and personal track-by-track notes by his widow, Dwina.

Compiled by both his son and widow and named after the house where Robin was born in Douglas on the Isle of Man, the album is said to be “a reflective, sometimes autobiographical collection of songs” that were mostly recorded between 2006 and 2008 but never released.

The album ends with Sydney, which remains in its original demo state, and is said to sound noticeably different from the other tracks on the album, which was produced by Peter-John Vettese. According to his Dwina, Robin wished to finish the track in the studio with his brother Barry, for a new album he hoped they would record together, but his health prevented this.

“Robin composed this late at night, in August 2011, at our home, The Prebenda,” Dwina said in a statement. “He used the bedroom keyboards and then Garageband on an iPad.

“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.”

Robin Gibb died in May 2012 at the age of 62 following a succession of health problems. Speaking to the Guardian last year, Barry Gibb spoke of his brothers’ death, and his drifting relationship with them both before they died: “That’s the one biggest regret, that we didn’t speak, we weren’t really speaking very much to each other,” he said. “We weren’t being intimate in those last days of each of their lives.”

50 St Catherine’s Drive is released on 29 September via Reprise/Warner/Rhino. Alongside his brothers Barry and Maurice, Gibb founded the Bee Gees, whose total record sales are estimated at 220m. Robin’s last album, The Titanic Requiem, was released on 26 March 2012.

Full list of tracks

1 Days of Wine & Roses

2 Instant Love

3 Alan Freeman Days

4 Wherever You Go

5 I Am the World (New Version)

6 Mother

7 Anniversary

8 Sorry

9 Cherish

10 Don’t Cry Alone

11 Avalanche

12 One Way Love

13 Broken Wings

14 Sanctuary

15 Solid

16 All We Have Is Now

17 Sydney

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