I Can't See Nobody
|"I Can't See Nobody"|
|Single by Bee Gees|
|from the album Bee Gees' 1st|
|Released||April 1967 (UK)
May 1967 (US)
June 1967 (Australia)
|Recorded||7, 13 March 1967 at IBC Studios, London|
|Genre||Baroque pop, psychedelic pop|
Spin Records (Australia)
|Writer(s)||Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb|
|Producer(s)||Robert Stigwood, Ossie Byrne|
|Bee Gees B-side singles chronology|
"I Can't See Nobody" is a song by the Bee Gees, released first as the B-side of "New York Mining Disaster 1941". With "New York Mining Disaster 1941", this song was issued as a double A in Germany and Japan., and included on the group's third LP, Bee Gees' 1st.
Writing and recording
It was written by Barry and Robin Gibb in 1966 while they were in Australia. Maurice Gibb has sometimes been listed as a cowriter for the song. The compilation Bee Gees Gold listed Maurice's name on the album cover and on the label as cowriter. According to Nat Kipner, the song was recorded at St. Clair Studios. Robin has said that it was written in Brisbane, Australia, where the band toured in November 1966, but that the first version was not released.
At the Bee Gees' 1st sessions, this song was recorded on 7 March, with remixing and overdubbing on 13 March. Some may have felt Robin's soulful vocal was an acquired taste, but it conveys the song's emotional impact very well. The Gibb brothers' harmony voices was featured on the final chorus, on the line I can't see nobody, no i can't see nobody, my eyes can only look at you, you, and Bill Shepherd's string arrangement pours it on, and this track was a little masterpieces. Robin's voice on this track was higher than the other songs on the album, especially on the line Don't ask me why.
- Robin Gibb - lead vocals, organ
- Barry Gibb - guitar, backing vocals
- Maurice Gibb - bass guitar, piano, organ, harpsichord, mellotron, guitar
- Colin Petersen - drums
- Bill Shepherd - orchestral arrangement
- In 1968, Nina Simone recorded and released this song in the UK as the B-side of "To Love Somebody", another cover by Simone lifted from the Bee Gees' 1st album. The two songs were included on her 1969 album To Love Somebody.
- In 1969, The Marbles covered the song in August that year, releasing it in Germany and France. It was their third single. The Marbles had recently worked with the Gibb brothers between 1968 and 1969, but the Gibb brothers is not involved on the Marbles version. Its flipside was "Little Boy" was also written by the Gibb brothers. The song was included in 1970 on their only self-titled album along with four other Bee Gee covers.
- In 1968, Italian progressive rock band Le Orme covered this song and recorded and released in the same year "Mita Mita" in Italy.
- Discogs.com. "Bee Gees - New York Mining Disaster 1941 / I Can't See Nobody".
- Discogs.com. "Bee Gees - Bee Gees' 1st".
- Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1966".
- Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1967".
- Hughes, Andrew. The Bee Gees - Tales Of The Brothers Gibb. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
- Discogs.com. "Nina Simone - To Love Somebody / I Can't See Nobody".
- Discogs.com. "Nina Simone - To Love Somebody (album)".
- Discogs.com. "The Marbles - I Can't See Nobody".
- Discogs.com. "The Marbles - The Marbles (album)".