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Secret Agent

Robin Gibb Vinyl
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Robin Hugh Gibb CBE (1949-2012) is a singer and songwriter. He is best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice (1949–2003), and elder brother Barry.

Born to English parents, the trio started their musical career in Australia, and found major success when they returned to England. With record sales estimated in excess of 100 million, the Bee Gees ... Read more in Amazon's Robin Gibb Store

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00FIVV0I2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 874,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ROBIN GIBB Secret Agent (1984 Japanese 9-track vinyl LP glossy picture sleeve with lyric insert & obi-strip - a glorious condition copy! 28MM0364)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Techno-Pop Bee Gees 12 Mar 2013
By Martin A Hogan HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
In the early 1980's, when the Bee Gees were writing and producing for the likes of Barbara Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick, they were also putting out solo albums. This short collection is techno-pop at its most urgent. Maurice Gibb backs brother Robin with nearly every instrument played on synthesized keyboards, save a few guitar licks. Its simple, deliberate and ultimately, `Gibb-catchy'. The album received little fanfare, but the single, "Boys Do Fall In Love" was a huge dance hit, extracting an extended version. The other single released (also extended) was the title track, which is an awkward, stumbling exercise in pop excess. It's just silly. However, some of the experimental work done on these tracks show that the Gibb twins were not only amazing pop song writers, but had mastered the technical aspects of modern music. The unnoticed and rare follow-up, "Walls Have Eyes" is a brilliant extension of this album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent job but not up 16 April 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Secret Agent is the third solo album by the British singer-songwriter Robin Gibb by Legendary Bee Gees.
The album followed on from "How Old Are You?" the previous year with Robin's twin brother Maurice again co-writing and playing keyboards but does not reach the magic of "Juliet" although the song "Boys do fall in love" gives some emotion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars RETRO-SPECTIVE 23 May 2012
By Nigel
Format:Audio CD
Robin's retro style album from the eighties presents a very different sound, with loads of drum machines, electronics and echo. 'Boys Do Fall In Love' and 'In My Diary' are the stand out tracks. Twin brother Maurice helps with the production, song writing and backing vocals. Dated by today's standards of course, but interesting for Bee Gee fans to hear Robin and Maurice in a setting so totally different from the Bee Gees. By the trio's lush layered Bee Gee productions this is a much cheaper quicky, but the vocals are great and the song writing usually clever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and catchy pop song album 27 April 2013
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Bought for a life-long Bee Gees fan. It was good as you would expect, light-hearted music, and I think Robin and Maurice Gibb were having fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Techno-Pop Bee Gees 13 Sep 2006
By Martin A Hogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In the early 1980's, when the Bee Gees were writing and producing for the likes of Barbara Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross and Dionne Warwick, they were also putting out solo albums. This short collection is techno-pop at its most urgent. Maurice Gibb backs brother Robin with nearly every instrument played on synthesized keyboards, save a few guitar licks. Its simple, deliberate and ultimately, `Gibb-catchy'. The album received little fanfare, but the single, "Boys Do Fall In Love" was a huge dance hit, extracting an extended version. The other single released (also extended) was the title track, which is an awkward, stumbling exercise in pop excess. It's just silly. However, some of the experimental work done on these tracks show that the Gibb twins were not only amazing pop song writers, but had mastered the technical aspects of modern music. The unnoticed and rare follow-up, "Walls Have Eyes" is a brilliant extension of this album.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank-You and Farewell, Robin 28 Jun 2012
By Bella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I received "Secret Agent" in the mail the day before Robin Gibb passed away. It has made listening to the disc a bittersweet experience, and I decided to write a review in honor of Robin.

I first purchased SA about 25 or so years ago as a young teenager. I loved the album then and I love the CD now.

SA has a bit more of a "new wave" sound than the Bee Gee's ever did, but it still sounds like it could be a Bee Gee's record. Maurice was Robin's partner in the making of the record, so it would only make sense that a record with two thirds of the Bee Gee's would sound like a Bee Gee's record. With irresistible hooks and great harmonies, this could easily fit into the Bee Bee's catalog.

"Boys Do Fall in Love" was the first single, as well as the first cut on the album. "Boys" is a nicely crafted song that is almost impossible to keep from humming along to. I think that it is a bit more experimental than most of the Bee Gee's material, but if you are a Bee Gee's fan, I'm sure you will love this as well.

My next two favorite songs were "In Your Diary" and "Robot". In my opinion, they sound like they were produced by a new wave Phil Spector. Robin and Maurice definitely created a wall of sound on these songs.

I was always disappointed that this record never found an audience. I felt it should have been a huge hit. I am also saddened that Robin and Maurice are no longer with us. I suppose I don't know what kind of people they really were, but they sure left a legacy of beautiful music, and I feel a great loss.

I noticed that the price for "Secret Agent" shot up after Robin's death, but if you can find it for a somewhat decent price; I highly recommend this fun, nostalgic, wonderful record.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden 80s gem 11 Feb 2012
By Penn Carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For whatever reason Robin Gibb's solo release CDs have been extremely hard to find over the years. You'd think the Gibb name and Bee Gees relation would be enough to keep the albums in print or at least re-pressed every few years as new fans discover the music - like brother Andy Gibb's albums seem to do. I'm pretty sure the copy I bought recently for around $20 is a fake but it's a good one. Sound quality is fine and the artwork, both paper and on the disc, looks legit. Or maybe someone discovered some boxes full of these in a warehouse somewhere. Either way, this is an 80s time capsule worth revisiting. The catchy Gibb hooks are abundant and the production is steeped in 80s synthesizers. Fans of 80s synthpop should give it another listen. I wish all Robin's 80s discs would get remastered and reissued with bonus tracks (b-sides and remixes) but until that happens grab a copy while the price is affordable.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Gibb Dances the night away! 26 April 2013
By smoothdancer29 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you love Robin Gibb singing dance music, you will love this CD! I absolutely love it, and there are a few slower songs, one being "Diamonds." So this CD gives you a great time and one you will not forget!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Gibb's Secret Agent/ the best techno-pop of the 80's 20 Jan 2012
By Jerry Dunham - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Maurice and Robin go all the way out. "Boys Do Fall In Love" beats the best in techno-pop. Parokya ni Edgar(Phillipines) did a very fast remake on their album Solid, but this one is still the one. Lyrically superior to most other 80's groups. Very socialogical subject matter. Robots,Diarys,X-rays,Secret Agents. This one packed the dance floor with club kids back in the day. Watch this one when it goes out of print the price will soar. It's done it before. I nearly bought one for $95.00 once. I imagine the Arista cd's still go for a pretty price. This is probably my second favorite cd of all time,tied with XTC's Dukes of the Stratosphear,Bowie's PinUps being #1, totally tubular, dude.
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