E.S.P. (Bee Gees song)

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"E.S.P."
Single by the Bee Gees
from the album E.S.P.
B-side "Overnight"
Released October 1987 (US)
November 1987 (UK)
Format Single
Recorded January to March 1987, Middle Ear, and Criteria Studios, Miami
Genre Synthpop
Length 5:38
4:52 (stereo demo)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Arif Mardin, Barry Gibb
Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
Brian Tench
the Bee Gees singles chronology
"You Win Again"
(1987)
"E.S.P."
(1987)
"Ordinary Lives"
(1989)
"E.S.P. (Reprise)"
Song by Bee Gees from the album E.S.P.
Released September 1987 (1987-09)
Recorded January - March 1987, Middle Ear, Miami Beach and Criteria Studios, Miami
Genre A cappella
Length 0:34
Label Warner Bros.
Writer Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer Arif Mardin, Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Brian Tench
E.S.P. track listing
"Backtafunk"
(10)
"E.S.P. (Reprise)"
(11)

"E.S.P." was a single by the Bee Gees. Released in 1987, it was the follow-up to their successful single "You Win Again". The a cappella intro found on the album version was edited out for radio airplay.[1]

The second single did much less well than "You Win Again" reaching only number 13 in Germany and outside top forty elsewhere, Warner Bros. pushed "E.S.P." even more heavily with many alternate mixes on 12-inch singles and promo disks.

The reprise, a piece of the a cappella opening, was used as the closing number of the album.

Versions[edit]

The demo of "E.S.P." was released in 1990 on the box set Tales from the Brothers Gibb, Like "You Win Again" it has the same drum program as the demo, and the same main vocal tracks, and it was speeded up by the same amount (103.25%), raising it a little more than a quarter tone, The finished version has a new a cappella opening and reaches the start of the demo at 0:33, There are seven edits, Both times through, four beats are dropped before the second verse ("There's danger"), The last two edits are additions going into the end, around 3:20, Not long after that the finished version has different ad lib vocals into the fade, Rhett Lawrence and Robbie Kondor are again the main musicians on the track.[2]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak position
United Kingdom[3] 51
Australia 89
Belgium 12
China 8
Germany 13
Ireland 21
Netherlands 32

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Gibb Songs : 1987". Columbia.edu. 1986-09-06. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 51. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.