To Love The Bee Gees: A Tribute to the Brothers Gibb
To Love The Bee Gees: A Tribute to the Brothers Gibb
To Love the Bee Gees will be a tribute album to music of The Bee Gees by an amazing set of artists. Long overdue and truly deserved.
To Love the Bee Gees will be a tribute album to music of The Bee Gees by an amazing set of artists. Long overdue and truly deserved. Read more
Hello and thanks in advance for taking a look at our project. We are Bennett Freed and Todd Bisson, the producers of To Love The Bee Gees: A tribute to the Brothers Gibb. With your help we will complete the creation and manufacture of a truly representative, diverse and amazing album of Bee Gees songs interpreted by a fantastic array of artists. Absurdly, for a band as successful and important as the Bee Gees, there have only been a couple underwhelming tributes over the past 30 years; we aim to fix that.
This project was first conjured up during a phone conversation in 2011 and we have continued to work towards bringing it to fruition since then. Originally we hoped the album would be funded by one big investor, like a movie, and then sold to one of the major record labels for release. We hired lawyers and took many seemingly important meetings as we planned for a massive star-studded sonic celebration of these talented siblings.
Then Robin Gibb passed and everything fell apart.
We licked our wounds for nearly a year, not sure what to do next. Eventually, with the support of many including Barry Gibb's long-time friend and confidant, Dick Ashby, we re-configured the project to what it is today: a bit of musical cottage industrialism, started with our own money and, finished, hopefully, with your pledges/investment.
We want everyone reading this to know exactly how serious we are about making To Love The Bee Gees and bringing it to the public, so we've funded the recording of seven songs, made four videos, built a website, a Facebook community, a Twitter feed, even an Internet radio station; all before coming to Kickstarter.
Here is a web video we made for Dylan Gardner's terrific main version of "Massachusetts." There is more about this groovy young man father down this page:
Also, you can download Isobel Campbell's lovely reworking of "How Deep Is Your Love" at noisey.vice.com now . Here is a little video we made to go along with the song:
This is our sweat equity, our skin in the game.
You can get your first taste of finished music from this project via our friends at noisey.vice.com who are hosting a free download of Isobel Campbell's main version of "How Deep Is Your Love."
We are creating an amazing collection of music with your support. The more money we raise, the more ambitious the album will be in terms of the number of songs we record and the stature of the artists we will work with.
To show our thanks for what you give, we've created an array of premiums including the album itself in special packaging, a T-shirt, and red vinyl 7".
You can find all the details on the premiums on the right side of this page.
On to the participating artists!
Emitt Rhodes remains one of Pop music's greats, mixing equal parts talent and enigma. He is best known for the music he made between 1968 and 1973. Since then, Emitt has been out of the limelight, recording on his own and producing others at his home studio in Hawthorne, CA. There have been a few tantalizing bits of music here and there over the past 40 years and a lauded documentary entitled One Man Beatles shown at film festivals in 2009. With his recording of "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart," Emitt begins a re-emergence. We are so happy to play a small part in that process with To Love The Bee Gees.
Vanguard recording artist Isobel Campbell has taken on perhaps the greatest of all Bee Gees ballads "How Deep Is Your Love." She is known for her solo records, three duet albums with Mark Lanegan, and work as a founding member of the ever-so-brilliant Belle & Sebastian.
Tapete Recording artist Martin Carr has deconstructed and rebuilt "Stayin' Alive" for our project. He is best known as the lead guitarist of The Boo Radleys who scored a top 10 UK hit with the song "Wake Up Boo" in 1995 and released a clutch of essential, imaginative Alt Rock albums throughout the 90's on Creation Records. He recently released his debut solo album, The Breaks.
Stones Throw Recording act Myron and E are leading lights in the modern Soul music scene. They have put out a string of highly regarded singles and the essential debut album, Broadway. The duo has chosen to record "Jive Talkin'" for our project with music and production by Ulises Lozano of the mighty Mexican Funk band Kinky.
Warner Brothers Recording act Dylan Gardner chose, and flat out nailed, the first big Bee Gees international hit, "Massachusetts." He is one of a new breed of young artists for whom the Internet is a great education. He taught himself to be a multi-instrumentalist, pro-tools engineer, bedsit producer and world-class songwriter. His WB debut album, Adventures in Real Time,” co-produced with John Dragonetti of The Submarines, was recently released.
Elayna Boynton is an independent singer/songwriter, whose musical style crosses genres interweaving a unique mix of sultry vocals and confessional folk‐style songwriting. Elayna is best known for co-writing and singing the song “Freedom,” featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained with Anthony Hamilton. She contributed two stop-you-dead-in-your-tracks versions of "To Love Somebody" to our project.
Jess Delgado is relatively new to the music biz, but oh-so-talented. She has a gorgeous voice and deep love of the French chanteuse style of singing. Jess has recorded English and French versions of "I Can Bring Love," Barry Gibb's beautiful Bacharachian love song for our project.
That's a lot of serious stuff to take in. How about a goofy video showing how much Burrowing Owls like our project?
Risks and challenges
Over the past year, we have worked hard to gameplan out the rest of this project from completing the recordings and assembling the package for the finished CD, to releasing and distributing the album to the public around the world. Where many projects of this nature fail is in the recording and manufacturing. It is easy to say you are going to make an album before you have actually started that process.
With this understanding we have set about actually starting the work before we launched our funding campaign. In this way, contributors will know we mean business and can do what we say we'll do. The proof is in the finished music you can hear via videos we will release throughout the 30 days of our Kickstarter campaign.
Unlike most Crowdfunded projects, we will actually start delivering to our contributors immediately after we successfully complete the fundraising. Looking down the road, it's worth noting, we've already had many conversations with artists whom we hope will record for us once the funding in place.
As for manufacturing and distribution, we have a plan to distribute the album to record stores in the U.S. and online to the rest of the world. We know with certainty that we'll get this album to market once we have the resources to finish and manufacture it. How aggressive we are in marketing the album will depend on how much money we raise and what the finished album sounds like.
Rest assured, we know with a high degree of certainty that we will deliver what has been promised here.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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