RSO Album Discography, Part 1:
The RSO Story & Pre-RSO Releases

By Patrice Eyries, Dave Edwards, and Mike Callahan
Last update: January 22, 2007

Robert Stigwood was born in Adelaide, Australia in 1934. He went to England in the mid-fifties after a career in advertising copy writing in Australia proved less than he had hoped. In England, he remained in advertising, but this time worked in television, where he was doing casting for commercials. This led to producing records for his customers, and eventually led to a #1 UK hit, John Leyton's "Johnny Remember Me," in August 1961, six years after he started his career over in London.

For several years he worked as an independent producer in London, which was quite unusual at the time. He eventually teamed with Brian Epstein to become co-manager of NEMS Enterprises. In 1966 set up his own record company, the Reaction label, distributed by Polydor, whose main claim to fame was to have released the Who's mid-sixties singles "Substitute," "I'm A Boy" and "Happy Jack", as well as their album A Quick One and the first two Cream albums (Fresh Cream and Disraeli Gears).

The Reaction albums. These were issued in the UK, while their American counterparts were on Atco (Cream) or Decca (Who). From left, Fresh Cream (Reaction 593 001), A Quick One (Reaction 593 002), and Disraeli Gears (Reaction 594 003). At near left is the Reaction label.

When Brian Epstein died in 1967, Stigwood founded the Robert Stigwood Organisation (RSO). First, RSO promoted artists such as David Bowie and Rod Stewart, then later Stigwood managed the career of Eric Clapton and the Bee Gees.

The first records under this new management were released through Polydor in the U.K. and Atco in the U.S., "through arrangement with the Robert Stigwood Organisation." The first Atco album was Fresh Cream by Cream. The US release was slightly different from the version released on the Reaction label. The US version took off the track "Spoonful" and replaced it with their current hit, "I Feel Free." The front cover also used a more readable title, rather than the psychedelic cream dollop used on the UK version.

Cream was one of the first "supergroups," if not THE first supergroup. It was a power trio made up of Eric Clapton on guitar, Jack Bruce on bass, and Peter "Ginger" Baker on drums. All were quite well known in British blues circles, having played with the Graham Bond Organisation (Baker and Bruce) and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (Clapton and for a time, Bruce). Robert Stigwood had managed both groups, and was encouraged by the three getting together under his management. The first album was quite competent, but in later years, Clapton said that in retrospect, they could have done better, as they were just having fun in the studio.

Cream, in psychedelic getup, late 1967.
From left, Baker, Bruce, Clapton. Although Fresh Cream sold well, Stigwood shipped them to New York to record their second album, Disraeli Gears, under the tutelage of Atlantic Records' owner Ahmet Ertegun, studio wizard Tom Dowd, and producer/bassist Felix Pappalardi. The result was an album almost universally acclaimed as a classic, including the rock music standard "Sunshine of Your Love." About this time, the group opted for a more psychedelic look. Clapton's straight hair was permed into a fuzzy ball, and Clapton and Bruce had their guitars and Baker the drum head painted with psychedelic patterns. There is a well-known video clip of the group playing "Strange Brew" on a television show about this time. Interestingly, Bruce is playing a six-string electric bass, virtually unheard-of in those days. The psychedelic look is in full regalia in the video clip.

Cream toured extensively in both Europe and the United States, and became immensely popular, but the unrelenting grind of the tours took their toll on the group. Baker and Bruce had always had a shaky relationship, and by the time the tour for Wheels of Fire was winding down, Clapton and Baker agreed that they'd had enough of the arguments, the louder-and-louder concerts, and the relentless pressure. They returned to England and recorded a few tracks for their final album, Goodbye, and broke up. Atco issued several more albums of live material and "Best Of" compilations, but the group had moved on. Baker and Clapton formed Blind Faith with Stevie Winwood. The group put out one album before other commitments broke up that band, but they had known it was a short-term band from the beginning. Baker formed Ginger Baker's Air Force, which played to critical acclaim but little commercial success. Bruce went solo, and played for decades either solo or in bands such as West, Bruce, and Laing.

Eric Clapton, about 1970 Eric Clapton, of course, went on to become acclaimed as one of the all-time great guitarists in the history of rock music. After Blind Faith, he toured with Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett (as Delaney & Bonnie and Friends), and put out a 1970 solo album featuring his hit "After Midnight." He then formed a group called Derek & the Dominos, who recorded another of the all-time rock classic albums, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs in 1970. After a second, live, album, the first album issued on the RSO label, Clapton continued on an ultimately very successful solo career, although the first few years were marred by personal problems. It wasn't until 1974 that Clapton pulled himself together and restarted his career.

Meanwhile, Robert Stigwood was also managing his other big act. On February 24, 1967, Robert Stigwood, encouraged by the success of Cream, signed another group that eventually would wind up in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The Bee Gees. The Bee Gees were a trio of brothers, 19-year-old Barry Gibb and his twin 17-year-old brothers Robin and Maurice. Born in England and raised in Manchester, the Gibb family had moved to Australia in 1958, where the trio landed a recording contract with Festival Records when Barry was merely a 14-year-old with two 12-year-old brothers.

The Bee Gees released over a dozen singles before they packed up and worked their way back to England. Some, such as "Wine and Women" and "Spicks and Specks," charted in Australia, but most didn't. They were all recorded in mono, hardly the state of the art for the time, but it was cheap for their label, Leedon/Festival Records, which in 1966 changed its name to Spin/Festival Records. The singles were:

Bee Gees in Australia, early 1960s:
Top to bottom: Barry, Maurice, Robin. The Battle of the Blue and the Grey/Three Kisses of Love (Leedon LK-346, 1963)
Timber/Take Hold of That Star (Leedon LK-412, 1963)
Peace of Mind/Don't Say Goodbye (Leedon LK-534, 1964)
Claustrophobia/Could It Be? (Leedon LK-696, 1964)
Turn Around Look at Me/Theme from Jamie McPheeters (Leedon LK-745, 1964)
Everyday I Have to Cry/You Wouldn't Know (Leedon LK-920, 1965)
Wine and Women/Follow the Wind (Leedon LK-1070, 1965)
I Was a Lover, A Leader of Men/And the Children Laughing (Leedon LK-1150, 1965)
Cherry Red/I Want Home (Leedon LK-1282, 1966)
Monday's Rain/Playdown (Spin EK-1345, 1966)
Monday's Rain/All of My Life (Spin EK-1384, 1966)
Spicks and Specks/I Am the World (Spin EK-1474, 1966)
Born a Man/Big Chance (Spin EK-1634, 1967)

They decided to work their way back to England on a steamer, and brought their drummer, Colin Peterson, with them. They showed up in Robert Stigwood's office for an audition, having sent copies of their records on ahead of them. Stigwood signed them to Reaction Records, and added guitarist Vince Melouney to the group, making it a quintet. Ironically, they never had an album out on the Reaction label, since Stigwood recorded their "New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones?)" and placed it with Polydor worldwide except for the U.S., where he made a deal for it to be on the Atco label, like the Cream albums. The Bee Gees albums continued to be issued on the Spin/Festival label in Australia.

The five Bee Gees, late 1967:
Back row, left to right - Vince Melouney, Barry Gibb, 
Colin Peterson, Robin Gibb; Front: Maurice Gibb. "New York Mining Disaster 1941" made #12 in England and #14 in the U.S. Four more top-20 U.S. hits followed, "To Love Somebody" (#17), "Holiday" (#16), "Massachusetts" (#11), and "Words" (#15).The next single, "Jumbo"/"The Singer Sang His Song," was a two-sided hit in the UK, but here "Jumbo" only reached #57, while the flip could only muster #116. Undaunted, the group came right back with two straight top-10 records, "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" (#8) and "I Started a Joke" (#6). Their next five singles' chart peaks drifted downward alarmingly: "First of May" (#37), "Tomorrow Tomorrow" (#54), "Don't Forget to Remember" (#73), "If I Only Had My Mind on Something Else" (#91), and I.O.I.O (#94), and it looked like the group might have run its course. Added to the troubles were some personnel issues, with Vince Melouney leaving the group in 1968 and Colin Peterson leaving in 1969. Internal strife as to who was going to lead the group resulted in Robin Gibb quitting to go solo in 1969, so by the time "Don't Forget to Remember" and the next two singles appeared, the Bee Gees were down to two members, Barry and Maurice Gibb.

But the Bee Gees proved to be nothing if not resilient. Robin's self-produced, self-penned album bombed worse than the Bee Gees as a duo, at least in the United States. In England, "Saved By the Bell" reached #2, while "August October" managed only #45. In 1970 Robin re-joined and the three Brothers Gibb were the Bee Gees from that point onward, using sidemen when necessary to record and perform live, but remaining intact as a trio. Their next single, "Lonely Days," made #3, and the followup, "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" became their first #1 hit. From there, it was some downward drifting again. From late 1971 to 1974 they managed only two top-20 singles, "My World" (#16 in early 1972) and "Run to Me" (#16 in the summer of 1972). Their sound became predictable, so much so that excellent songs such as the mid-1973 offering "Wouldn't I Be Someone" weren't even getting played on the radio. To add to their troubles, the album from which "Wouldn't I Be Someone" was taken was rejected by Stigwood.

A few months before the Bee Gees' proposed album A Kick in the Head was rejected, Robert Stigwood had decided to launch his own label, RSO. The first artists signed on the label were evidently Eric Clapton and the Bee Gees. Although both had been foundering in the charts, 1974 and 1975 saw the resurrection of these two artists in the album and single charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Clapton hit in July, 1974, with the 461 Ocean Boulevard album produced by Tom Dowd, which contained the #1 single, "I Shot The Sheriff," a remake of a Bob Marley song. Clapton suggested to the Bee Gees that they record in the same studio at Criterion Studios at 461 Ocean Boulevard in Miami to try to change their sound a bit.

It was true that the Bee Gees had drifted into becoming a syrupy easy listening group, and chartwise had drifted into the Sargasso Sea, mired in the nineties on the singles charts. Their Main Course album, recorded in Florida and produced by Arif Mardin, hit like a bomb, and launched their career as prominent disco artists. Singles from the album put them firmly back in the top 10 with "Jive Talkin'" [#1, 5/75], "Nights On Broadway" [#7, 10/75], and "Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)" [#12, 12/75]. [In fact, so funky was the sound that I (Mike) can recall sitting in the record library at WMOD-FM where I worked at the time, and listening to the deejay next door at WOL, the Washington, DC soul station, play a Bee Gees cut and introduce it as the new Ohio Players as a joke. People were ringing the phone off the hook asking about the song. He came back after the song was finished and said, "I fooled you. That was the Bee Gees."] The Bee Gees' musical transformation couldn't have been more shocking or more complete.

In 1976, the Gibb brothers followed this success with an even greater one, the Children of the World album, which confirmed the new direction followed by their music and could be considered as a landmark of the disco era with the hit singles "You Should Be Dancing" and "You Stepped Into My Life".

Andy Gibb Stigwood added another Gibb brother to his roster in 1977. Andy Gibb, the youngest of the clan, struck gold with his first two albums, mostly written by his older brothers. He reeled off three straight #1 records, "I Just Want to Be Your Everything," "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water," and "Shadow Dancing." Following that auspicious debut, he had three more top 10 records, followed by two top-15 singles. By the time he was cooling off in the charts in 1981, he was only 23 years old, and he picked up the hosting job for the television show Solid Gold. Andy Gibb unfortunately died of a heart failure in 1988 at the very young age of 30. (His older brother Maurice died of heart failure during an unrelated operation in January, 2003 at the age of 52. Barry and Robin agreed at that time that the Bee Gees wouldn't be the same, so they called a halt to the Bee Gees at that point.)

Also in 1977 came the phenomenal success of the Saturday Night Fever movie and soundtrack, which contained no less than 4 number 1 singles (the Bee Gees' "Night Fever," "Staying Alive" and "How Deep Is Your Love" and Yvonne Elliman's "If I Can't Have You," also written by the Gibb brothers). The success of this double-set album was so considerable that, at one point in 1978 (February 4th up to May 13th) RSO squatted the #1 position in the Billboard charts for 15 weeks in a row. RSO stuck to the soundtrack album winning formula, quite successfully, with Grease and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Peter Frampton and the Gibb brothers as the Beatles!) both in 1978 and Stayin' Alive in 1983.

Although RSO found some occasional outside success, Eric Clapton and the Gibb family proved to be the only constant source of chart hits and albums. Others with hits were Player ("Baby Come Back", #1 in October 1977) and former Kingston Trio singer John Stewart ("Gold", #5 in May 1979, with backing vocals by Stevie Nicks and guitar by Lindsey Buckingham). Paul Nicholas had a #6 record with "Heaven on the 7th Floor" in 1977, and who could forget the #1 novelty "Disco Duck" in 1976 from Rick Dees and His Cast of Idiots? The British group Smokie scored in 1977 with "Living Next Door to Alice." Group leader Chris Norman teamed with another RSO artist, Suzy Quatro, for the1979 #4 hit "Stumblin' In." RSO also released some nice albums by great artists (Love, Freddie King, Jimmy Ruffin, the Sweet Inspirations), but these didn't really hit the charts the way the Clapton/Bee Gees albums had.

RSO was winding down in the early 1980s, with the death of disco music in 1980 considerably hampering sales. In 1983, Stigwood sold the label to PolyGram. After only a few more albums released in the Polygram consolidated series, most of them reissues, PolyGram shut down the logo and absorbed the masters into PolyGram itself.

In 1979, RSO picked up releasing and distributing albums by Curtom Records. The label is the same except an additional Curtom Records logo inserted close to the "red cow".

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail. Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with RSO, Atco, or Polydor Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (which are all out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and Follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2007 by Mike Callahan.



Number - Title - Artist - [Release Date] (Chart) Contents

Pre-Stigwood Bee Gees Albums (Released in Australia):

Leedon LL31801 - Barry Gibb & the Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs ["The Bee Gees Album"] - Barry Gibb & the Bee Gees [1965] I Was A Lover, A Leader Of Men/I Don't Think It's Funny/How Love Was True/To Be Or Not To Be/Timber/Claustrophobia/Could It Be//And The Children Laughing/Wine And Women/Don't Say Goodbye/Peace Of Mind/Take Hold Of That Star/You Wouldn't Know/Follow The Wind

Spin EL 32031 - Spicks and Specks of the Bee Gees - Bee Gees [1966] First issued as Monday's Rain, with "All of My Life" instead of "Spicks and Specks." Monday's Rain/How Many Birds/Play Down/Second Hand People/I Don't Know Why I Bother With Myself/Big Chance//Spicks And Specks [replaced "All of My Life"]/Jingle Jangle/Tint Of Blue/Where Are You?/Born A Man/Glass House

Festival D 45813/4 - The Bee Gees 1963-1966: Birth of Brilliance - Bee Gees [198?] Originally released on vinyl as Infinity L 45813/4 in 1978. A 2-CD collection of their Australian sides from their original label, including some previously unreleased takes. All tracks mono. Disc 1 (38:21): Wine And Women/I Was A Lover A Leader Of Men/Timber/Claustrophobia/Could It Be/Peace Of Mind/To Be Or Not To Be/I Don't Think It's Funny/The Three Kisses Of Love/The Battle Of The Blue And The Grey/Theme From Jamie McPheeters/Turn Around Look At Me/Everyday I Have To Cry/How Love Was True/You Won't See Me/Lonely Winter; Disc 2 (43:16): In The Morning (original version of "The Morning of My Life")/Like Nobody Else/All By Myself/Storm/Butterfly/Terrible Way To Treat Your Baby/Exit Stage Right/Coalman/I Am The World/Cherry Red/I Want Home/Monday's Rain (alternate version)/How Many Birds/Secondhand People/Born A Man/Spicks And Specks

Pre-RSO Issues on Atco (Distributed by Atlantic):

33-206/SD 33-206 - Fresh Cream - Cream [1/67] (5-67, #39) The US version has a somewhat different cover from the British version on the Reaction label, and a different track lineup that substituted "I Feel Free" for "Spoonful". Oddly, "I'm So Glad" is rechanneled; this studio version was finally remixed in true stereo in 2002 on an Eric Clapton compilation. Liner notes state, "A Robert Stigwood Organisation (London) Production. This album was originally released in England on the REACTION label, distributed by Polydor Records, Ltd. (London). It is released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd." I Feel Free (S)/N.S.U. (S)/Sleepy Time Time (S)/I'm So Glad (E)/Dreaming (S)/Sweet Wine (S)/Cat's Squirrel (S)/Four Until Late (S)/Rollin' and Tumblin' (S)/Toad (S)

33-223/SD 33-223 - Bee Gees' 1st - Bee Gees [1967] (8-67, #7) Five members of the group are pictured. "A Robert Stigwood Production for Reaction Records, London, England." Issued on Polydor outside the US (see cover at right). Turn of the Century/Holiday/Red Chair, Fade Away/One Minute Woman/In My Own Time/Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You/Craise Finton Kirk Royal Academy of Arts//New York Mining Disaster 1941/Cucumber Castle/To Love Somebody/I Close My Eyes/I Can't See Nobody/Please Read Me/Close Another Door

33-232/SD 33-232 - Disraeli Gears - Cream [12/67] (12-67, #4) "Produced by Felix Pappalardi, by arrangement with Robert Stigwood. Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd., London." Strange Brew/Sunshine of Your Love/World of Pain/Dance the Night Away//Blue Condition//Tales of Brave Ulysses/SWLABR [She Was Like A Bearded Rainbow]/We're Going Wrong/Outside Woman Blues/Take It Back/Mother's Lament

33-233/SD 33-233 - Horizontal - Bee Gees [1968] (2-68, #12) All five members of the group are pictured. "Produced by Robert Stigwood and the Bee Gees for Reaction Records." World/And the Sun Will Shine/Lemons Never Forget/Really and Sincerely/Birdie Told Me/With the Sun in My Eyes//Massachusetts/Barry Braff/Day Time Girl/The Earnest of Being George/The Change is Made/Horizontal

SD 33-245 - The Savage Seven (Soundtrack) - Various Artists [1968] This album is the soundtrack for one of the seemingly endless series of biker flicks of the 1960s. The album was produced by Mike Curb, but Cream's "Anyone for Tennis" was produced by Felix Pappalardi as a special project right after Disraeli Gears. Robert Stigwood is not credited on the album. As a followup to "Sunshine of Your Love," "Anyone for Tennis" was surprisingly weak, only reaching #64. Anyone For Tennis (Theme From "The Savage Seven") - Cream (S)/Desert Ride - Jerry Styner (S)/Maria's Theme (Vocal) - Barbara Kelly & The Morning Good (S)/Shacktown Revenge - Jerry Styner (S)/The Medal - Jerry Styner (S)/Here Comes The Fuzz - Jerry Styner (S)/Iron Butterfly Theme - Iron Butterfly (S)//Unconscious Power - Iron Butterfly (S)/Everyone Should Own A Dream - Jerry Styner (S)/The Deal - Jerry Styner (S)/Desert Love - Jerry Styner (S)/Ballad Of The Savage Seven - Barbara Kelly & The Morning Good (S)/Maria's Theme (Instrumental) - Jerry Styner (S)/The Savage Struggle - Jerry Styner (S)

SD 2-700 - Wheels of Fire - Cream [1968] (7-68, #1) (2-LP set) "Produced by Felix Pappalardi by arrangement with Robert Stigwood." Disc 1: White Room/Sitting on Top of the World/Passing the Time/As You Said//Pressed Rat and Warthog/Politician/Those Were the Days/Born Under a Bad Sign/Deserted Cities of the Heart; Disc 2: Crossroads/Spoonful//Traintime/Toad

SD 33-253 - Idea - Bee Gees [1968] (8-68, #17) Cover shows all five members of the Bee Gees. "Produced by Robert Stigwood and the Bee Gees." Let There Be Love/Kitty Can/In the Summer of His Years/Indian Gin and Whisky Dry/Down to Earth/I've Gotta Get a Message to You//Idea/When the Swallows Fly/I Have Decided to Join the Air Force/I Started a Joke/Kilburn Towers/Swan Song

SD 33-262 - Aurora: The Bill Shepherd Singers Sing Bee Gees Hits - Bill Shepherd Singers [1968] Shepherd was the arranger of the Bee Gees albums. Massachusetts/Turn of the Century/Words/Red Chair Fade Away/Birdie Told Me/Swan Song//New York Mining Disaster 1941/World/Daytime Girl/The Singer Sang His Song/Holiday/And the Sun Will Shine

Atlantic SD 8195 - The Robert Stigwood Orchestra Plays the Bee Gees Hits - Robert Stigwood Orchestra [1968] Massachusetts/Birdie Told Me/Words/To Love Somebody/Sinking Ships//New York Mining Disaster 1941/I Can't See Nobody/Holiday/World/Swan Song

SD 33-264 - Rare, Precious and Beautiful - Bee Gees [1968] (12-68, #99) A compilation of sides recorded in Australia for Festival Records. Liner notes by Robert Stigwood. "Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd." Where Are You (E)/Spicks And Specks (E)/Playdown (E)/Big Chance (E)/Glass House (E)/How Many Birds (E)//Second Hand People (E)/I Don't Know Why I Bother Myself (E)/Monday's Rain (E)/Tint of Blue (E)/Jingle Jangle (E)/Born A Man (E)

SD 2-702 - Odessa - Bee Gees [1969] (2-69, #20) (2-LP set) Gatefold cover. The original cover on this album had a velvet like covering, the second version had a standard cover. No group photos, but by the time this album was released, the Bee Gees were a quartet, with the Brothers Gibb and drummer Peterson. Guitarist Vince Melouney, who left in December, 1968, was on the album when it was recorded. "Produced by Robert Stigwood and the Bee Gees." Disc 1: Odessa/You'll Never See My Face Again/Black Diamond//Marley Purt Drive/Edison/Melody Fair/Suddenly/Whisper Whisper; Disc 2: Lamplight/Sound of Love/Give Your Best/Seven Seas Symphony/With All Nations//I Laugh In Your Face/Never Say Never Again/First Of May/The British Opera

SD 33-291 - Best of Cream - Cream [1969] (7-69, #3) Credits include, "I Feel Free is a Robert Stigwood Organisation (London) Production. All other selections were produced by Felix Pappalardi by arrangement with Robert Stigwood. Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd." Sunshine of Your Love/Badge/Crossroads/White Room (3:04 version with one verse edited out)/SWLABR [She Was Like A Bearded Rainbow]//Born Under a Bad Sign/Spoonful/Tales of Brave Ulysses/Strange Brew/I Feel Free

SD 33-292 - Best of Bee Gees - Bee Gees [1969] (2-69, #20) Liner notes indicate most tracks as having been produced by Robert Stigwood and Ossie Byrne or the Bee Gees. "Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd." Pictured on the album are the three Gibb brothers and drummer Colin Peterson, Melouney having left the group in December, 1968. Holiday (S)/I've Gotta Get A Message To You (S)/I Can't See Nobody (S)/Words (S, original odd stereo mix)/I Started A Joke (S)/Spicks And Specks (E)//First Of May (S)/World (S)/(The Lights Went Out In) Massachusetts (S)/To Love Somebody (S)/Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You (S)/New York Mining Disaster 1941 (S)

SD-7001 - Goodbye - Cream [1969] (2-69, #2) Gatefold cover. "Produced by Felix Pappalardi by arrangement with Robert Stigwood. Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd." Sitting on Top of the World/Badge/Doing That Scrapyard Thing/What A Bringdown//I'm So Glad/Politician

*SD-7002 - Hair (Original London Cast) - Galt MacDermot [1969] (5-69, #186) Abie Baby/Ain't Got No/Air/Aquarius/Black Boys/Coloured Spade/Doona/Easy To Be Hard/Electric Blues/Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In)/Frank Mills/Good Morning Starshine/Hair/I Got Life/My Conviction/Sodomy/The Bed/Three-Five-Zero-Zero/Walking In Space/What A Piece Of Work Is Man/Where Do I Go/White Boys

SD 33-304A - Blind Faith - Blind Faith [1969] (8-69, #1) Issued with two different covers, designated Atco SD 33-304A (the "nude girl" cover as shown at left) and Atco SD 33 304B (the pale yellow cover showing a photo of the group, below). The back cover of 304A (at right) shows the same photo a few moments later, without the girl. This was the first cover, but it was quickly replaced with the cover shown below. Blind Faith is: Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Rick Grech. "Produced by Jimmy Miller by arrangement with Robert Stigwood and Chris Blackwell. Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd. & Island Records, Ltd." Had to Cry Today/Can't Find My Way Home/Well All Right/Presence of the Lord//Sea of Joy/Do What You Like

SD 33-304B - Blind Faith - Blind Faith [1969] (8-69, #1) Issued with two different covers, designated Atco SD 33-304A (the "nude girl" cover as shown above) and Atco SD 33 304B (the pale yellow cover showing a photo of the group, including Ginger Baker holding a guitar and Eric Clapton with drumsticks), which is shown here. The yellow cover is by far the more common for this release. Back cover has song lyrics, which were on an insert included with the album with the first cover. A note on the back of 33-304B states "Atco 33-304A contains the same record as Atco 33- 304B." "Produced by Jimmy Miller by arrangement with Robert Stigwood and Chris Blackwell. Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd. & Island Records, Ltd." Had to Cry Today/Can't Find My Way Home/Well All Right/Presence of the Lord//Sea of Joy/Do What You Like

SD 33-321 - Rare, Precious and Beautiful, Volume 2 - Bee Gees [1970] (3-70, #100) A second compilation of sides recorded in Australia for Festival Records. Liner notes by Robert Stigwood. "Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd." I Was A Lover, A Leader Of Men (E)/Follow The Wind (E)/Claustrophobia (E)/Theme From The Travels Of Jamie McPheeters (E)/Everyday I Have To Cry (E)/Take Hold Of That Star (E)//Could It Be (E)/To Be Or Not To Be (E)/The Three Kisses Of Love (E)/Cherry Red (E)/All Of My Life (E)/Don't Say Goodbye (E)

SD 33-323 - Robin's Reign - Robin Gibb [1970] Produced by Robin Gibb. This album was only indirectly associated with Robert Stigwood. Robin and brother Barry had been at odds as to who was the leader of the Bee Gees, and brought the argument to their manager, Robert Stigwood. When Stigwood indicated he preferred Barry as the leader, Robin quit the group in a fit of pique, and recorded a solo album for Atco. He wrote and produced all the songs on the album. It was a disaster, saleswise, as it didn't even make the "Bubbling Under" charts here, although "Saved By the Bell" was a hit in England. His two brothers recorded the Cucumber Castle album (below) as a duo version of the Bee Gees, which charted. Seeing little future in a solo career at that point, Robin rejoined his brothers later in 1970 in time to record the 2 Years On album. August October/Gone Gone Gone/The Worst Girl In This Town/Give Me A Smile/Down Came The Sun/Mother And Jack//Saved By The Bell/Weekend/Farmer Ferdinand Hudson/Lord Bless All/Most Of My Life

SD 33-327 - Cucumber Castle - Bee Gees [1970] (5-70, #94) Gatefold cover. The Bee Gees were down to two members, with Colin Peterson having left in August, 1969, about the time the blowup with Robin occurred. These songs are noted as being from the "Bee Gees television spectacular Cucumber Castle." Credits include, "Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with the Robert Stigwood Organisation." If Only I Had My Mind On Something Else/I.O.I.O./Then You Left Me/The Lord/I Was The Child/I Lay Down And Die//Sweetheart/Bury Me Down By The River/My Thing/The Chance Of Love/Turning Tide/Don't Forget To Remember

SD 33-328 - Live Cream - Cream [1970] (5-70, #15) "Lawdy Mama" was produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Robert Stigwood; others produced by Felix Pappalardi. Credits include, "Produced by arrangement with the Robert Stigwood Organisation" and "Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd., London." N.S.U./Sleepy Time Time/Lawdy Mama (studio rcording)//Sweet Wine/Rollin' and Tumblin'

SD 33-329 - Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton [1970] (7-70, #13) "Produced by Delaney Bramlett by arrangement with the Robert Sigwood Organisation, Ltd." Slunky/Bad Boy/Lonesome And Long Way From Home/After Midnight/Easy Now/Blues Power//Bottle Of Red Wine/Lovin' You Lovin' Me/Told You For The Last Time/Don't Know Why/Let It Rain

SD 2-704 - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek and the Dominos [1970] (11-70, #16) (2-LP set) Gatefold cover. Robert Stigwood is not mentioned. "Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd., London." Cover lists "Derek & the Dominos" as: Eric Clapton, Bobby Whitlock, Jim Gordon, Carl Radle, and Duane Allman. Disc 1: I Looked Away/Bell Bottom Blues/Keep On Growing/Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out//I Am Yours/Anyday/Key To The Highway; Disc 2: Tell The Truth/Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?/Have You Ever Loved A Woman//Little Wing/It's Too Late/Layla/Thorn Tree In The Garden

SD 33-350 - Tin Tin - Tin Tin [1970] (6-71, #197) Tin Tin was guitarist/bassist Steve Groves and keyboardist Steve Kipner."Produced by Maurice Gibb by arrangement with the Robert Stigwood Organisation, Ltd." Maurice Gibb plays bass on four tracks, all four of which are essentially mono on the album. These four sides were originally on two early singles, recorded for a small label and picked up by Polydor. She Said Ride (S)/Swans On The Canal (S)/Flag-Put Your Money On My Dog (S)/Nobody Moves Me Like You (S)/Tuesday's Dreamer (S)/Only Ladies Play Croquet (E)//Family Tree (S)/Spanish Shepherd (S)/He Wants To Be A Star (E)/Toast And Marmalade For Tea (E)/Come On Over Again (S)/Manhattan Woman (E)/Lady In Blue (S)

SD 33-353 - 2 Years On - Bee Gees [1970] (1-71, #32) Gatefold cover. Album shows the three Gibb brothers as the group. This is the way it would remain. "Produced by Robert Stigwood and Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb. Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with the Robert Stigwood Organisation." 2 Years On/Portrait Of Louise/Man For All Seasons/Sincere Relation/Back Home/The 1st Mistake I Made//Lonely Days/Alone Again/Tell Me Why/Lay It On Me/Every Second, Every Minute/I'm Weeding

SD-7003 - Trafalgar - Bee Gees [1971] (9-71, #34) Gatefold cover. "Produced by Robert Stigwood and the Bee Gees. Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with the Robert Stigwood Organisation." How Can You Mend A Broken Heart/Israel/The Greatest Man In The World/It's Just The Way/Remembering/Somebody Stop The Music//Trafalgar/I Don't Wanna Live Inside Myself/When Do I/Dearest/Lion In Winter/Walking Back To Waterloo

SD 33-370 - Astral Taxi - Tin Tin [1971] Gatefold cover. Groves and Kipner added various musicians, including drummer Geoff Bridgford, guitarist Billie Lawrie, and guitarist Johnny Vallins and toured with the Bee Gees. Groves, Kipner, and presumably Vallins are pictured on the album. Credits include, "Produced by Tin Tin and Billie Lawrie for Moby Productions, by arrangement with the Robert Stigwood Organisation. Executive producer: Maurice Gibb." Astral Taxi (S)/Ships On The Starboard (S)/Our Destiny (S)/Tomorrow Today (S)/Jenny B. (S)//I Took A Holiday (S)/Tag Around (S)/Set Sail For England (S)/The Cavalry's Coming (S)/Benny The Wonder Dog (S)/Is That The Way (S)

SD-7005 - Live Cream, Volume 2 - Cream [1972] (4-72, #27) "Produced by Felix Pappalardi by arrangement with the Robert Stigwood Organisation, Ltd. Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with Polydor Records, Ltd., London." Deserted Cities Of The Heart/White Room/Politician/Tales Of Brave Ulysses//Sunshine Of Your Love/Hideaway

SD-2-803 - History of Eric Clapton - Eric Clapton with Various Bands [4/72] (4-72, #6) 2- LP set. Gatefold cover. Many of the tracks are noted as being "By arrangement with the Robert Stigwood Organisation." . The album is "A product of Polydor-England." Disc 1: I Ain't Got You - Yardbirds/Hideaway - John Mayall's Bluesbreakers/Tribute To Elmore - Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page/I Want To Know - Powerhouse (vocal by Steve Anglo)/Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream/Crossroads - Cream//Spoonful - Cream/Badge - Cream; Disc 2: Sea Of Joy - Blind Faith/Only You Know And I Know - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends/I Don't Want To Discuss It - Delaney & Bonnie & Friends/Teasin' - King Curtis/Blues Power - Eric Clapton//Tell The Truth - Derek & Dominos (45 version, produced by Phil Spector)/Tell The Truth - Derek & Dominos (previously unissued jam)/Layla - Derek & Dominos

SD-7012 - To Whom It May Concern - Bee Gees [1972] (11-72, #35) Gatefold cover. "Produced by the Bee Gees and Robert Stigwood. Released in the U.S.A. by special arrangement with the Robert Stigwood Organisation." We Lost The Road/Never Been Alone/Paper Mache, Cabbages And Kings/I Can Bring Love/I Held A Party/Please Don't Turn Out The Lights//Sea Of Smiling Faces/Bad Bad Dreams/You Know It's For You/Alive/Road To Alaska/Sweet Song Of Summer

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Thanks to Gerry Ross.

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