Life in a Tin Can

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Life in a Tin Can
Studio album by Bee Gees
Released January 1973 (US)
March 1973 (UK)
Recorded September 1972
The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
Genre Pop rock, acoustic rock, folk rock, country rock
Length 32:11
Label RSO
Producer Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees chronology
To Whom It May Concern
Life in a Tin Can
A Kick in the Head Is Worth Eight in the Pants
Singles from Life in a Tin Can
  1. "Saw a New Morning"
    Released: March 1973

Life in a Tin Can is the Bee Gees' eleventh studio album (ninth worldwide), released in January 1973. The Bee Gees moved their base of operations from England to Los Angeles to record Life in a Tin Can. However, it was unable to prevent a commercial decline with the album criticised for a lack of innovation.[citation needed] Despite its low sales and poor chart performance, Life in a Tin Can was awarded "Album of the Year" by Record World magazine. It was the first Bee Gees album to bear the RSO label in the US.

The lead track, "Saw a New Morning", contains melodic ideas that the group later revisited on the track "Edge of the Universe".[citation needed] Four of the eight songs were written by all three brothers with the other four being Barry Gibb compositions. The album reached No. 10 on the Italian charts and sold 175,000 copies worldwide. "Saw a New Morning" was a No. 1 hit in Hong Kong.

No recording dates are available for the sessions on this album. At the time of the sessions, Robin Gibb had to leave the sessions suddenly when his son Spencer was born a month early. That date was 21 September. Atlantic Records' log dates the whole album as 22 September. Robin returned to Los Angeles a week or so later to continue on into the next album.[1]

The musicians who participated on Life in a Tin Can were Jim Keltner, Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Tommy Morgan, Jerome Richardson, Rick Grech, Jane Getz and Johnny Pate.[1]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Rolling Stone (not rated) link

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Saw a New Morning"   Barry and Robin 4:24
2. "I Don't Wanna Be The One" (Barry Gibb) Robin and Barry 4:05
3. "South Dakota Morning" (Barry Gibb) Barry 2:25
4. "Living in Chicago"   Barry and Robin 5:39
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "While I Play" (Barry Gibb) Barry 4:29
2. "My Life Has Been a Song"   Robin and Barry 4:21
3. "Come Home Johnny Bridie" (Barry Gibb) Barry 3:50
4. "Method to My Madness"   Barry and Robin 3:10

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1968) Peak
US Billboard 200 69
Canadian RPM Albums Chart 54
Australia Kent Music Report Albums Chart 19
Italian Albums Chart 10


Bee Gees
Additional personnel


  1. ^ a b Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1972". Retrieved 13 January 2014.