Steve Petrinko | A Tribute to the Bee Gees '66 to '78

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A Tribute to the Bee Gees '66 to '78

by Steve Petrinko

Lovingly faithful renditions of Bee Gees classics imbued with the brother's original sentiment and emotion and infused with the distinct character and light-heartedness of this vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/producer who performed them in their entirety.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Disco (R&B)
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Morning of My Life
4:00 $0.99
2. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
4:03 $0.99
3. Nights on Broadway
4:42 $0.99
4. Jive Talkin'
3:51 $0.99
5. Country Lanes
3:30 $0.99
6. Wind of Change
5:00 $0.99
7. Boogie Child
4:16 $0.99
8. You Should Be Dancing
4:25 $0.99
9. Night Fever
3:33 $0.99
10. Stayin' Alive
4:54 $0.99
11. How Deep Is Your Love
4:24 $0.99
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Album Notes

Steve Petrinko produced, recorded, and performed all falsettos, head voices, chest voices, whispers, screams, acoustic and electric guitars, alto and tenor saxophones, electric basses, acoustic drums, congas, cowbells, agogo bells, disco triangles, afuches, maracas, pianos, rhodes, clavichords, analog synths, and East-West Hollywood Orchestras.

Barry Alan "Waffles" Crompton Gibb (my corgi) performed a solo at the beginning of "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"


Emotion. This one word can some up my obsession with the Brothers Gibb. No other artist(s) have ever been able to make me feel more, to my very core. A lot of their songs I cannot get through a performance without choking up and sobbing "Gosh dang it Barry Gibb, you did it again"! My eyes filled up just writing that. Also, I sanitized what I wrote just a little bit as "gosh dang it" could be any number of strong verbalizations. Though I can never match the beauty of their voices or the majesty or their performances and recordings, I hope that my listeners will be able to feel the emotion that is in my heart and the love with which I created this tribute.

I have taken this project very seriously. I have put more time and effort into it than any other set of recordings in my life time (16 albums or so). It will not be the last one that I undertake as I have plans (and some recordings) for a '78-'18 album to feature the album Spirits Having Flown in its entirety (which by the way I have sung all 11 songs, 5 days a week, every week for 2 years! This practice has increased my vocal range by a full step to high G above the bar which I could not do before even as a teenager).

My journey for this album started at the completion of my last effort, "Green Velvis" a tribute to Elvis Presley in 2015. I more fully developed my head voice during the recording of that album while performing the Jordanaires parts. I had decided at the time that I would like to make a falsetto album (not a Bee Gees specific album). As I worked through the songs I wanted to record I realized I couldn't just pick "a" Bee Gees song and so the falsetto album was abandoned and this project was born. I became obsessed with the brothers during the making of this album. I was already a huge fan at the onset but when I started down this road I went rabid and purchased every recording I could get my hands on. I am an avid vinyl collector and this made it easier for me to find everything I desired. I, with very few exceptions, have only listened to brothers Gibb recordings for the last 2 years. This is something I call deep immersion and I did it with my Elvis work as well. I have and have listened and studied what amounts to nearly every recording I know exists including all of the pre-Bee Gees 1st Australian recordings, their entire post-Australian catalog, all of Andy Gibb's albums, collaboration albums with Samantha Sang and Barbara Streisand (1980 and 2005), Lulu recordings, Elvis and Jose Feliciano recordings, all of the Barry Gibb iTunes Demo releases and their corresponding Kenny Rogers, Dionne Warwick, and Diana Ross albums, as well as Barry's solo recordings including the Hawks soundtrack. I am still working on obtaining the remaining Robin and Maurice solo recordings. In addition, I purchased and read an original copy of Barry Gibb's autobiography of the Bee Gees, I watched the Cucumber Castle, Melody, and Sgt Pepper movies, and I thoroughly enjoyed a huge amount of concert DVDs, movie footage and YouTube videos of Barry's mythology tour. Needless to say, I feel that I have done my homework for this album. I feel that I understand the brothers both musically and emotionally in their fullness as much as an outsider to family can. That being said, I live and love these songs. They help me emotionally. They help me express both my joy and sorrow. I love you Barry, Maurice, Robin, and Andy Gibb. I will always be grateful to you!

Special thanks and acknowledgements:

Love to my wife Shelly and my children Luke and Eva who survived unbelievable hours of me singing/shattering glass with high G's above the bar, performing, and revising these songs.

Memory Eternal to my mom who passed away in October of 2015 and to whom I dedicate my performance of "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart". I will never be able to separate the song and her memory again.

Frank Burger who proof-listened my work and provided encouragement.

Mark Linsenmayer who provided encouragement and support.

Sean Hurlburt, my saxophone teacher, who guided me as a new player during this project.

The musicians and production teams who enhanced the music of the brothers and to whom I owe a debt of gratitude and appreciation. I am in awe of you Colin Petersen, Vince Melouney, Alan Kendall, Dennis Bryon, Blue Weaver, Arif Marden, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson, and Robert Stigwood.



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