Moonlight Madness was supposed to be Barry Gibb's second solo album. It was recorded from February to May of 1986. The original album titles were called "When Tomorrow Comes" and "My Eternal Love".
A bootleg version of the album "The Original Hawks" exists. The disc features the entire unreleased album, as well as a number of bonus tracks.
Some of the songs on the album were released & appeared on the soundtrack "Hawks". The songs "My Eternal Love", "Where Tomorrow Is" and "Letting Go" appeared in the UK version of the box set "Tales" from the Brothers Gibb.
In 1986, Barry Gibb said that he planned to record his next album live in the studio, but was tired of dubbing onto tracks.
The writing credit on "Distant Strangers" was by Gibb with the band (Carlos Vega, Steve Farris and Neil Stubenhaus). Songs like "My Eternal Love" and "Not in Love at All" were sung in falsetto.
He moved into a more strongly rhythmic "Where Tomorrow Is", the song was credited to B. Gibb/R. Gibb/M. Gibb songwriting partnership. The songs "Change" and "Moonlight Madness" was credited to Gibb with pianist George Bitzer and guitarist Alan Kendall.
"Moonlight Madness" was sung in Barry Gibb's breathy voice. The synthesizer in intro was added when Gibb decided to make it the first track on the album. "The Savage is Loose" and "Cover You" was recorded in March sessions of the album.
"The Savage is Loose" was a protest song invoking among others the 'woman in Dallas'. "Cover You" (original title "Cover You with Kisses") was features a bass line by Stubenhaus. After these two songs, he took a break and went to England. The album session was resumed later in April.
Gibb wrote the verse melody of Carola's song "Lost in the Crowd" which was recorded from March to April.
On April or May 1986, Barry and David English wrote "We're the Bunburys" and "Chapter One: 'Record Breakers'" with Gibb on vocals and guitar and English on speech, the session was produced by Gibb and Karl Richardson.
By April, he continued to record four songs for this album, "Words of a Fool" was a country ballad that was reminiscent of the Bee Gees' 1978 song "Rest Your Love on Me". The guitar riff by Kendall on "System of Love", which also formed the basis of the Bee Gees' 1993 song "My Destiny".
The last song, "Letting Go" was a dramatic ballad, the other lines was sung in falsetto at the end of melody.
- Moonlight Madness
- My Eternal Love
- System of Love
- Where Tomorrow Is
- In Search of Love
- Cover You
- The Savage is Loose
- Not in Love At All
- Words of a Fool
- Distant Strangers
- Letting Go