Barry Gibb: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — April 6, 2022

439) Barry Gibb — “This Time”

Matt Collar writes that “[t]he Bee Gees’ tempestuous personal relationships led to their 1969 breakup, and when the band members stopped working together, Barry turned to thoughts of a solo career [as did Robin and Maurice (see #353, 354)]. He began recording an album, which was supposed to be called The Kid’s No Good, but he only got as far as releasing one single, ‘I’ll Kiss Your Memory’ (1970), before returning to work with his brothers.”  (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/barry-gibb-mn0000659118/biography) Joseph Brennan believes that the brothers’s shelving of their solo albums was an aspect of their reconciliation. (http://www.columbia.edu/~brennan/beegees/70.html

“This Time” is the B-side to “I’ll Kiss Your Memory” (which wasn’t released as a single in the U.S.). It is a lovely country-pop song.

Tim Roxborough says that: “Barry [went] full Americana for his album The Kid’s No Good, a strong set of songs that got shelved when he reconciled with Robin and Maurice in the back half of 1970. ” (https://www.roxboroghreport.com/2020/11/why-barry-gibb-recording-a-superstar-country-duets-album-makes-perfect-sense.html) And Ludovic Hunter-Tilney writes that “[i]n 1970 [Barry] made a country-flavoured solo album, The Kid’s No Good, which was junked when he returned to the Bee Gees’ fold. ‘I love country music and I probably allowed a little more than I should have to influence me,’ he said of the unreleased project.” (https://www.ft.com/content/4b986f80-7c58-4d0f-b806-8634ef831c14)

A plea for reconciliation with a lover, or with his brothers? —

“This time it’s gonna be different. I’m gonna do things my way. Things are gonna be much different this time. This time my love will be stronger. This time my days will be longer. Things are gonna be much different this time. Then I’ll go where I must. My love in my hand. With all of your problems you don’t need that. This time it’s gonna be different.
I’m gonna do things my way. Things are gonna be much different this time. Things are gonna be much different this time. Then I’ll go where I must. My love in my hand. With all of your problems you don’t need that. Ah, this time it’s gonna be different. I’m gonna do things my way. Things are gonna be much different this time. Things are gonna be much different this time. This time . . . .”

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