February 22, 2012 – 12:29 pm

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Melbourne 1971 [Jaenes JPC1010, 1CD]

Live at the Festival Hall, Melbourne, Australia; July 15, 1971. Excellent soundboard; ripped from DVD.

As Robin Gibb recovers from cancer, Bee Gees fans might heave a sigh of relief and want to add this July 15, 1971 Melbourne show to their collection.

In an interview with The Mail On Sunday on January 22, 2012, Robin said:

For more than 18 months, I had lived with an inflammation of the colon; then I was diagnosed with colon cancer, which spread to the liver. I have undergone chemotherapy, however, and the results – to quote my doctor – have been ‘spectacular’. It’s taken a toll, naturally, but the strange thing is that I’ve never felt seriously ill. I’ve mostly felt great. There have been many false claims around, which I’d like to dispel. I am not and have never been ‘at death’s door’. Nor do I have a team of alternative doctors working on my health. That’s not true, although I’m not averse to healthy remedies for any illness. I feel they can go together with conventional medicine. I do eat health foods and drink herbal teas made for me by Dwina, my wife and RJ’s mother. Other than that, I am under the care of Dr Peter Harper at The London Clinic.

Thanks to Qcumbaman who ripped the tracks; touched them up and shared the show at Demonoid.

In mid-1971, the Bee Gees undertook their first tour of Australia since they had left the country nearly five years earlier to achieve global fame. Their July 15, 1971 concert at the Festival Hall in Melbourne was filmed by the ABC for an Australian television special. Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb - with Barry on guitar and Maurice on guitar and piano - were backed by guitarist Alan Kendall, drummer Geoff Bridgford, and a 16-piece orchestra directed by Bill Shepherd. This helped them create arrangements about as full as those heard on their records, and even though the sound wasn’t perfect, it was a pretty good performance that showcased their most popular material of the era.

Qcumbaman also noted:

This concert has never been officially released on any format. For this transfer I used a bootleg DVD of the 1971 television special, recorded from a 1990s Rage broadcast.

The extracted sound quality was quite good, but not perfect. After extracting the audio from the DVD, I:
- increased the peak level to around -0.5db
- trimmed the talk at the beginning of the recording, and faded in the orchestra
- repaired the occasional out of phasing (now plays true mono throughout)
- repaired over 30 minor tape dropouts
- removed many, many, small ticks that I found annoying (tape dust?)
- filtered the 15734.25 (NTSC) and 15625 (PAL) frequencies

Finally, I resampled and dithered the 24bit/48kHz audio down to Red Book (CD) audio specifications.

Unfortunately, as the source is a television broadcast which itself is an edit of the performance, the encore track Spicks And Specks is not included. The copy of the track I have, taken from a re-broadcast of an old Hit Scene episode, was not of sufficient sound quality to include.

Source Matrices
01-15: “The Bee Gees In Concert” bootleg DVD, audio track

- DVD Audio Extractor 6.0.1 (audio extraction from DVD)
- Audition 3.0.1 (audio editing and repair)
- iZotope RX Advanced (audio repair and resampling and dithering to Red Book audio specifications)

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. New York Mining Disaster 1941 3:02 (4.8MB)
Track 02. To Love Somebody 4:22 (7.0MB)
Track 03. Really And Sincerely Seriously 4:32 (7.2MB)
Track 04. Every Second, Every Minute 3:34 (5.7MB)
Track 05. Lay It On Me 3:09 (5.0MB)
Track 06. Jingle Jangle 1:58 (3.1MB)
Track 07. Morning Of My Life 3:58 (6.3MB)
Track 08. Holiday 3:42 (5.9MB)
Track 09. I Can’t See Nobody 5:03 (8.1MB)
Track 10. Words 4:32 (7.2MB)
Track 11. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart 4:15 (6.8MB)
Track 12. I Started A Joke 3:31 (5.6MB)
Track 13. I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You 3:03 (4.9MB)
Track 14. Massachusetts 3:23 (5.4MB)
Track 15. Lonely Days 4:51 (7.7MB)

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  1. 11 Responses to “THE BEE GEES - MELBOURNE 1971”

  2. Wish the best for Robin Gibb. Colon cancer is an unforgiving horrific journey, especially if your clinic ignores the symptoms for 5 months, chalks it up to Multiple Sclerosis due to the weakness, with no suggestion it might be cancer (even tho sister and aunt both had it) then the hospital dilly-dallies for 3 more months after the CT Scan. The oncologists said no options - no surgery, no radiation, no chemo - would help my sweet wife. Yet they claimed she would live 2 1/2 years. She was gone in 4 months. Robin obviously is in stage 4. My wife ate healthy, used health food, exercised 3 times a week throughout her life, used supplements and vitamins from the health food store, and was well educated on what to eat and avoid. She passed at 53, a year ago. Her sis still lives at 70, 5 years after her surgery, but she caught it early, so surgery was an option. Yesterday the U.S. Government announced that they will CUT BACK on how often and how early they will recommend Colonoscopy! Insanity!!

    By 3yrsnojob on Feb 22, 2012

  3. Dear 3yrs, I’m so sorry. I have my own cancer stories - not me, but friends etc. Yes, you’re 100% on the money (money being the operative word), cutting back on health is pure insanity. If it’s not too soppy, I’d like to dedicate ‘Words’ to you and your wife (and not some of the more obvious titles that I could have gone for…!)

    By E on Feb 22, 2012

  4. Great show. Not bad quality… THANX very much, Big - O!

    By Timmy on Feb 22, 2012

  5. Really and Sincerely I think should be the title to track 3

    By Breetle on Feb 23, 2012

  6. Wonderful that these tracks are staying alive.


    By JALtheImpaler on Feb 23, 2012

  7. Hello Breetle

    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 23, 2012

  8. Absolutely the best! Robin has ALWAYS been my favorite and not because of the recent health problems. The thought of him not here anymore affects me deeply.

    By lanzarishi on Feb 23, 2012

  9. I look forward to hearing this live document. The years leading up to, and surrounding this recording were very creative ones for the band. Thank you for the effort you put into presenting these tracks. Appreciated!

    By Miles on Mar 1, 2012

  10. There was an encore that night of the Bee Gees first number one hit in Australia “Spick & Specks” which came out just as the group was off to England. For some time there was a batle over the rights to releasing the song between the group’s new UK label Polydor and their Australian label. “Spicks…” appeared on the LP “Best Of…” but was removed and replaced later with “Tomorrow, Tomorrow.” It also appeared on one of the pre-UK compilations “Rare, Precious & Beautiful” but those albums (three in all) were also later deleted over copyright questions. The encore from Melbourne has appeared on a number of previous bootlegs of the concert.

    By Christopher D on Mar 11, 2012

  11. Thanks for sharing this show. I always thought the early years were the best.

    By Matt on Mar 25, 2012

  12. Thanks very much for posting this, much appreciated!

    By DebC on Jun 25, 2012

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