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(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away

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Format  7"
Length  4:07
Genre  Soft rock soul
B-side  "One More Look at the Night"
Released  October 1978 (International) January 1979 (US)
Recorded  December 1977 – January 1978 Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles, California

"(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" is a song penned by Barry Gibb and Blue Weaver and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977 on the Saturday Night Fever sessions but was not released until Bee Gees Greatest (1979). It was released as a single by Andy Gibb on his version from his second studio album Shadow Dancing.

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Andy Gibb's version

"(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" was released as the third single from Andy Gibb's Shadow Dancing album, but only in the United States, in September 1978. The song was also his fifth single to reach the US Top 10; the single reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. When Andy Gibb was going to record it, Barry reworked on the song adding the middle eight that was not on the original Bee Gees' version, as Blue Weaver recalls, "When Andy actually went to record it, Barry listened to it [the original version] again and thought, 'Oh, it's not finished', so Barry wrote the whole of the middle-eight.

Allmusic's Amy Hanson described this version of "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" as a "tender ballad" that suited Andy's voice. It appears on Andy's three greatest-hits albums.

Personnel

  • Andy Gibb – lead vocals
  • Barry Gibb – backing vocals
  • Joey Murcia – guitar
  • Tim Renwick – guitar
  • George Bitzer – Keyboards, synthesizer
  • Paul Harris – keyboards
  • Harold Cowart – bass
  • Joe Lala – percussion
  • Ron Ziegler – drums
  • Whit Sidener – horns
  • Ken Faulk – horns
  • Bill Purse – horns
  • Neil Bonsanti – horns
  • Stan Webb – horns
  • Albhy Galuten, Blue Weaver and Barry Gibb – orchestral arrangement
  • Bee Gees' version

    The Bee Gees version of the song, the first version ever recorded by anyone, was recorded in 1977 during the sessions for Saturday Night Fever, but was not released until the compilation Bee Gees Greatest 1979. Barry Gibb is the only member of the Bee Gees to appear on the recording.

    Barry wrote the lyrics while Weaver composed the melody. Weaver said of this song, "That was me playing around again; It wasn't done for [Saturday Night Fever], it was just something that we did". The stereo mix of an early state of the song exists but was unreleased until now. Samantha Sang, who was visiting France where this version was recorded, asked Barry for a song; not long afterwards, Barry sent Sang "Don't Throw it All Away", but Sang never recorded or released it, choosing instead the new song "Emotion".

    During the Bee Gees' One Night Only tour, they performed the song with Andy's vocal mixed in during the second stanza, chorus, bridge and the coda of the song years after Andy died.

    Personnel

  • Barry Gibb – vocals, guitar
  • Maurice Gibb – bass
  • Blue Weaver – keyboards, orchestral arrangement
  • Dennis Bryon – drums
  • Joe Lala – percussion
  • Other versions

  • Jennifer Love Hewitt also covered the song on her 1996 self-titled album. A rare promotional single for the song was released on January 22, 1997.
  • Barbra Streisand recorded her rendition of the song in 2005 off her album Guilty Pleasures, which had Barry Gibb on the album cover with her. On Streisand's version, Barry Gibb is heard singing also the chorus.
  • References

    (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away Wikipedia


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