One (Bee Gees album)

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One
Studio album by Bee Gees
Released 17 April 1989 (UK)
24 April 1989 (Germany)
1 August 1989 (US)
Recorded March–April 1988, Middle Ear, Miami Beach;
November–December 1988 and February–March 1989, Mayfair Studios, London
Genre Pop rock, adult contemporary, soft rock, dance-pop, synthpop
Length 52:15
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb, Brian Tench
Bee Gees chronology
E.S.P.
(1987)
One
(1989)
Tales from the Brothers Gibb
(1990)
Singles from One (Bee Gees album)
  1. "Ordinary Lives"
    Released: March 1989 (EUR)
  2. "One"
    Released: June 1989
  3. "Bodyguard"
    Released: January 1990 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]

One is the Bee Gees' eighteenth studio album (sixteenth worldwide), released in April 1989 (August 1989 in the United States).

Background and recording[edit]

After the European success of their previous album, E.S.P., the Gibb brothers began to work on the One album in early 1988. In March, their brother Andy suddenly died and the Bee Gees took a break until November when they returned to the studio to complete the album. Although according to Scott Glasel, he revealed that "Ordinary Lives" was started before Andy Gibb's death.[3][4] The style of One was more melancholic than E.S.P., and heavily influenced by the loss of their brother. The album was dedicated to Andy and the song "Wish You Were Here" was written as a tribute to him.

The album was co-produced with Brian Tench, who had worked with them on the previous album. Related session outtake "Shape of Things to Come" was written for the Bee Gees' contribution to the 1988 Olympics album called One Moment in Time released on the same year.[3]

Release[edit]

The album had varying degrees of success across the world. In Europe, the album reached the top 10 in Germany and Switzerland and reached the top 40 in the UK and France. North American audiences had still not embraced the Bee Gees as they were still regarded as a disco group and the album failed to reach the top 40 in the US and Canada, despite the success of the title track reaching No. 7 in the US and No. 11 in Canada. Other singles from the album included "Bodyguard" and "Tokyo Nights". In the UK, none of the singles from the album reached the top 40; this was ironic as every other Bee Gees album from the latter phase of their career produced at least one UK hit while making little impact in the US.

Barry Gibb commented on the song "One" at the time by saying "This song brought us back to US radio. A leading media paper recently stated regarding this song, 'The Bee Gees are capable of at least one more hit.' I don't believe that, I believe we could have at least two."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb

No. Title Length
1. "Ordinary Lives"   4:01
2. "One"   4:55
3. "Bodyguard"   5:20
4. "It's My Neighborhood"   4:19
5. "Tears"   5:16
6. "Tokyo Nights"   3:56
7. "Flesh and Blood"   4:43
8. "Wish You Were Here"   4:44
9. "House of Shame"   4:51
10. "Will You Ever Let Me"   5:57
11. "Wing and a Prayer"   4:05

Personnel[edit]

Bee Gees
Additional musicians
Production
  • Scott Glasel – programming, engineer
  • Brian Trench – engineer

Charts[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 29
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 23
Canada (RPM) 46
France (SNEP) 16
Germany (Media Control AG)[7] 4
Italy (Musica e Dischi) 39
Japan (Oricon) 63
Netherlands (MegaCharts)[8] 22
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 19
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 42
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade)[11] 6
UK Albums (The Official Charts Company)[12] 29
US Billboard 200[13] 68

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Ruhlmann (25 July 1989). "One – Bee Gees | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  2. ^ David Wild (21 September 1989). "One | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Gibb Songs : 1988". Columbia.edu. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Gibb Songs : 1989". Columbia.edu. Retrieved 7 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bee Gees - One". australiancharts.com. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bee Gees - One". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bee Gees - One". officialcharts.de. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Bee Gees - One". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bee Gees - One". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Bee Gees - One". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Bee Gees - One". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  12. ^ "Bee Gees Album Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bee Gees - Chart History". Billboard 200. Retrieved 21 December 2014.