Wednesday, January 12, 2022

VA - Assault The Vaults (Rare Australian Cover Versions Of The Brothers Gibb) [1998]


VA - Assault The Vaults (Rare Australian Cover Versions Of The Brothers Gibb) [1998]

It's not well-known that the Bee Gees wrote many songs between 1963 and 1967 that were covered by Australian artists, but never recorded by the group. Most of those were solo Barry Gibb compositions, but there were a few songs that Maurice Gibb co-wrote with Spin Records chief Nat Kipner as well. Thirty-one of these rare efforts that the Gibbs gifted to others are assembled on this Australian compilation. All are original versions, and none were recorded by the Bee Gees themselves (indeed many were never covered again). That makes this quite a catch for devoted Bee Gees collectors, especially considering that the Bee Gees themselves played support roles on some of these sessions. On its own terms, though, the music's rather hit-and-miss. On the Bee Gees' own Australia-era recordings, they were stylistic gadflies, able emulators of contemporary trends without fully establishing their own identity. That formative confusion is reflected in many of this disc's songs, which run the gamut from bad country-pop and teen idol rock to excellent early Beatles imitations. In the latter category, Bryan Davies' "I Don't Like to Be Alone" will certainly please anyone who likes the sound of early-1964 British Invasion rock, with Trevor Gordon's "And I'll Be Happy" sounding much like a Billy J. Kramer outtake. Gordon's "Little Miss Rhythm & Blues" is another highlight, and is about as rowdy as Barry Gibb ever got in his writing. The numerous girl-sung tunes on this anthology tend not to nearly measure up to those standouts, though Sandy Summers doesn't sound bad in a (very) sub-Lulu fashion, and April Byron's "A Long Time Ago" is a decent dramatic ballad. The three collaborations between all three Gibb brothers -- Ronnie Burns "All the Kings Horses" and Jon Blanchfield's "Town of Tuxley Toymaker, Pt. 1" and "Upstairs Downstairs" , find them getting far closer to the tuneful, slightly fanciful and neurotic variation of the Beatles' pop side that they finally perfected after moving to England in 1967. (AllMusic review by Richie Unterberger)

This CD is an absolute must for any true collector of Bee Gees music. All the songs on this collection were written by the Bee Gees from 1963 to 1967 specifically for other artists.



Track lists

01 Col Joye (Underneath The) Starlight of Love 1:58

02 Lonnie Lee I'd Like to Leave If I May 2:28

03 Jimmy Little Walkin' Talkin' Teardrops 2:38

04 Jimmy Little One Road 2:07

05 Bryan Davies I Don't Like to Be Alone 2:04

06 Bryan Davies Love and Money 2:19

07 Trevor Gordon & the Bee Gees And I'll Be Happy 2:20

08 Trevor Gordon & the Bee Gees House Without Windows 2:44

09 Bryan Davies Watch What You Say 2:00

10 Trevor Gordon Here I Am 2:01

11 Trevor Gordon Little Miss Rhythm & Blues 2:17

12 Bryan Davies I Should Have Stayed in Bed 1:46

13 Jenny Bradley Who's Been Writing on the Wall 2:14

14 Jenny Bradley Chubby 1:50

15 Michelle Rae Everybody's Talkin' 2:01

16 Michelle Rae I Wanna Tell the World 2:10

17 Sandy Summers A Girl Needs to Love 2:53

18 Sandy Summers Messin' Round 1:38

19 Bip Addison Hey 1:48

20 Bip Addison Young Man's Fancy 2:07

21 Anne Shelton Talk to Me 2:25

22 Mystics Don't You Go, I Need Your Love 2:31

23 April Byron A Long Time Ago 2:53

24 April Byron He's a Thief 2:07

25 Ronnie Burns All the Kings Horses 1:47

26 Jenene Watson Don't Say No 3:12

27 Jenene Watson So Long Boy 2:19

28 Jon Blanchfield Town of Tuxley Toymaker Part 1 3:21

29 Jon Blanchfield Upstairs Downstairs 2:49

30 Barrington Davis As Fast as I Can 2:34

31 Barrington Davis Raining Teardrops 2:31




  1. Thank you Butterboy! I guess this is a perfect supplement to the 'Brilliant From Birth' album. I did not know that they wrote songs for other artists that early. Wish you all the best! Alfred

    1. Thank you Alfred.
      I once started a compilation of Gibb Songs for others but then realized this one was pretty good. Enjoy.


  2. Thanks BB ... an interesting album!

    I live on the Redcliffe Peninsula (Brisbane, Australia) and as such thought the following may be of interest to Bee Gees fans:

    They lived at 12 Fifth Ave, Scarborough QLD 4020. The original house still stands (one of the few in the area not yet redeveloped). [The link url is too long to post here].

    The brothers, contrary to popular belief here in Oz, never took out Australian citizenship. Barry, I'm aware has both UK and US citizenship.

    Their first professional gig (as mere lads) was at the Filmers Palace Hotel, Woody Point 4019

    There's a tribute walkway in Redcliffe that Barry officially opened (two stages - 2013 & 2015) [Bee Gees Way, Redcliffe Parade, Redcliffe QLD 4020]


    1. Hi Feddie,
      There links are definitely interesting. Thanks for sharing this. Appreciated.


  3. Many thanks for another great set and gift for Bee Gees fans Butterboy