Saw a New Morning

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"Saw a New Morning"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Life in a Tin Can
B-side "My Life Has Been A Song"
Released March 1973
Format 7"
Recorded September 1972
The Record Plant, Los Angeles
Genre Symphonic pop
Length 4:13
Label RSO
Writer(s) Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees singles chronology
"Alive"
(1972)
"Saw a New Morning"
(1973)
"Wouldn't I Be Someone"
(1973)
Music sample

"Saw a New Morning" is the 1973 single released by the Bee Gees. It was also the group's first single released on Robert Stigwood's newly created records label RSO Records. The Bee Gees moved to Los Angeles in 1972 to record the album Life in a Tin Can which was a new direction for the group, who had been recording in England since 1967. The B-side, "My Life Has Been a Song" features lead vocal by Robin Gibb as well as Barry Gibb.[1]

Composition and recording[edit]

This song contains melodic ideas that the group would revisit on the later track "Edge of the Universe". Written in 1972 and recorded around September the same year. On the song, Maurice Gibb played the bass part through electric piano with Jim Keltner's drums providing a thump. While backing guitarist Alan Kendall plays guitar with Barry and Maurice Gibb.[2]

Reception[edit]

This single was the first and only single from the album, the single did not fare well and stalled at #94 in the US,[3] while it did not chart at all in the UK.[4] Ironically, while the single flopped in most of the world, it reached #1 in Hong Kong, as did their next single "Wouldn't I Be Someone", which also flopped in both the US and UK. "Saw a New Morning" was also the group's first single in the USA issued originally in stereo, but not have come across on AM radio.[5]

In April 1973, they performed the song on the The Midnight Special and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, in addition to a 1973 TV special called Love Sounds Special in Japan.[6]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Bee Gees - Saw a New Morning / My Life Has Been a Song". 45cat. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1972". Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Dafydd Rees, Luke Crampton. Rock Stars Encyclopedia. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Barry Lazell. Rock movers & shakers. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1973". Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "Bee Gees - Saw A New Morning - Live". You Tube. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Go-Set Australian charts". poparchives.com. August 4, 1973. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (DOC). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  9. ^ a b "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - Part 2" (PDF). brothersgibb.org. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard: 60. July 14, 1973. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Song artist 16 - Bee Gees". tsort.info. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  12. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Charts". Billboard: 72. April 7, 1973. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Cashbox Top 100". Cashbox Archives. April 7, 1973. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Billboard Hits of the World". Billboard: 47. August 18, 1973. Retrieved 4 February 2015. 

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