The spectacularly successful career of the late Andy Gibb is commemorated on the new CD and digital collection The Very Best Of Andy Gibb, to be released on 13 April by Capitol/UMe. From 9 March, pre-orders of the digital album will include instant download and streaming access to his duet version of Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow,’ with seasoned soul songstress P.P. Arnold.
The 15-track collection includes all three of his US No. 1 singles, ‘I Just Want To Be Your Everything,’ ‘Shadow Dancing’ and ‘(Love Is) Thicker Than Water.’ All three of those chart-toppers were achieved during a tumultuous 11-month period in 1977 and ’78, in which he was part of the unprecedented adulation afforded Gibb and his Bee Gee brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin.
The three further US top ten hits that followed that sequence, ‘An Everlasting Love,’ ‘(Our Love) Don’t Throw It All Away’ and ‘Desire,’ which featured the Bee Gees, are also on the compilation. It also features Andy’s near-top ten singles from 1980, ‘I Can’t Help It,’ featuring Olivia Newton-John, and ‘Time Is Time.’
All but two of the tracks on the retrospective are taken from Gibb’s three big-selling studio albums, 1977’s Flowing Rivers, 1978’s Shadow Dancing — both of which were certified platinum — and 1980’s After Dark, which went gold. The exceptions are ‘Time Is Time’ and the duet with Arnold, which were part of his previous hits release, 1980’s Andy Gibb’s Greatest Hits.