Time Is Time

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"Time Is Time"
Single by Andy Gibb
from the album Andy Gibb's Greatest Hits
B-side "I Go for You"
ReleasedNovember 1980
Middle Ear Studios, Miami Beach
Genre Pop
Length3:40 (single version)
4:03 (album version)
Label RSO
Songwriter(s) Andy Gibb, Barry Gibb
Producer(s) Gibb-Galuten-Richardson
Andy Gibb singles chronology
"Rest Your Love on Me"
"Time Is Time"
"Me (Without You)"

"Time Is Time" is a song written by Andy and Barry Gibb. Andy Gibb performs this song and was released as a single in November 1980 and included on Andy Gibb's Greatest Hits . The B-side, "I Go for You" was originally from his 1978 album Shadow Dancing .


Background and release

"Time Is Time" was recorded in the middle of 1980 at Middle Ear Studios in Miami Beach. It was credited to Andy himself with his brother Barry, but Andy said later that it was his own composition with one change by Barry. Its full ending, when the musicians stop, Andy continues to sing a few more words, and drummer Steve Gadd hits the hi-hat again, but when it was released, it ends with the fadeout. [1]

The song reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 29 on the US Adult Contemporary chart in 1980. [2] The track appeared on his 1980 album, Andy Gibb's Greatest Hits and was the first single and one of the new cuts on that album. [3] as well as 2010's Mythology box set. The song was produced by Barry Gibb, Albhy Galuten and Karl Richardson. [4] The song is also known for breaking a streak of Andy Gibb's top 10 records. The song spent 11 weeks in the Top 40.

It was edited for its single release with one less repeat of the chorus at the end. When it appeared for the first time in CD format through the compilation Andy Gibb it fades out early at 3:41. [1]


Chart positions

Chart (1980-1981)Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [5] 17
Germany (Media Control Charts) [6] 44
US Billboard Hot 100 [7] 15
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks [7] 29
US Cash Box [8] 19
US Radio & Records [9] 18
US Record World [9] 21
Year-end chart (1981)Rank
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard) [10] 100

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