Barry Gibb: Greenfields – Gibb Brothers’ Songbook Vol 1 review | Alexis Petridis’s album of the week

Barry Gibb: Greenfields – Gibb Brothers’ Songbook Vol 1 review | Alexis Petridis’s album of the week

January 7, 2021

(EMI)
With subtle, beautiful arrangements, this foray into country-pop with covers by the likes of Dolly Parton, Jason Isbell and Gillian Welch is testament to the Bee Gees’ greatness

On the face of it, the notion of Barry Gibb releasing a country album seems peculiar. The Bee Gees were noted for their mastery of a variety of genres – from baroque 60s pop to disco – but country wasn’t among them. They did record country-flavoured tracks, but they’re largely on their least beloved album, 1970’s Cucumber Castle, and they’re certainly not among its meagre scattering of highlights. Even their 1983 collaboration with Kenny Rogers, Eyes That See in the Dark, tended more towards sounding, well, like the Bee Gees than the Rogers of The Gambler or Coward of the County.

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