German cover of "Lamplight"
|Single by Bee Gees|
|from the album Odessa|
|A-side||"First of May"|
|Released||January 1969 (United Kingdom)
March 1969 (United States)
|Recorded||1968, Trident and IBC Studios, London|
Atco (United States, Canada)
|Writer(s)||Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb|
|Producer(s)||Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees|
|Bee Gees B-side singles chronology|
"Lamplight" is a song by the Bee Gees, released as the B-side of "First of May", but in Germany, this song was chosen as the A-side. and this song was released on their double album Odessa in March 1969. The song was written and composed by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb. The song had lead vocals by Robin Gibb, but the Bee Gees' manager Robert Stigwood chose "First of May" for the A-side, No other singles were released from the album, and this was the incident that is thought to have caused Robin to quit the group. In Germany, "Lamplight" was chosen as the A-side of "First of May", but the other versions of both tracks released in Germany, chosen "First of May" as the A-side.
The song's demo was recorded in October 25, 1968, and the same version was released on Sketches for Odessa; the second version was also released on Sketches. The song starts with a French lyric Alors viens encore cherie J'attendrai ans après ans sous la lampe dans la vieille avenue. The line I close my eyes was appeared on the lyrics, quoting the Bee Gees' song of the same name from 1967 on the album Bee Gees' 1st. The demo was also a similar flow to the final version. There are no French words featured at the beginning; it starts straight in the first stanza.
The single version of the song was released in mono, but the album version was in stereo. The song features French lyrics at the beginning (these were featured on the second and third version of that song, but not on its first version) The musicians who played on the track were Robin Gibb on piano and mellotron, Maurice Gibb on bass, piano, guitar and mellotron, Barry Gibb on guitar, Colin Petersen on drums and an orchestra conducted by Bill Shepherd. The song was recorded in Trident and IBC Studios, London, England, produced by Robert Stigwood with the Bee Gees. This song was included on their EP called I Started a Joke, released in the same year.
- Robin Gibb - lead and backing vocal, piano, mellotron
- Maurice Gibb - bass, piano, guitar, mellotron
- Barry Gibb - guitar
- Colin Petersen - drums
- Bill Shepherd - orchestral arrangement
- Steve Barry and Lorraine Piché covered this song. Steve Barry produced the song.
- Discogs.com. "Bee Gees: First of May / Lamplight".
- Discogs.com. "Bee Gees: Lamplight / First of May (German release)".
- Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1969".
- Discogs.com. "Bee Gees: Odessa".
- Kevin Bennett. "Bee Gees Demos – Part 3". Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- Joseph Brennan. "Gibb Songs: 1968".
- Discogs.com. "Bee Gees: I Started a Joke (EP)".