Spirits (Having Flown)
|"Spirits (Having Flown)"|
|Single by Bee Gees|
|from the album Bee Gees Greatest|
|B-side||"Wind Of Change"|
Criteria Studios, Miami
5:10 (7" version)
|Writer(s)||Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb|
|Producer(s)||Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson|
|Bee Gees singles chronology|
"Spirits (Having Flown)" is a song by the Bee Gees which was originally released on the 1979 album Spirits Having Flown. Though not issued as a single in conjunction with the parent album, it was released in the UK to promote the compilation Bee Gees Greatest, which was released in December 1979. Its B-side was a 1975 song "Wind of Change" from the group's Main Course.
The song itself is a Caribbean flavored R&B track sung by Barry in natural voice during the verses and joined by Robin and Maurice on the chorus which is sung in falsetto. The count-in (1,2,3,4) heard on the album version was omitted from the single version and on the album Bee Gees Greatest. A flute work by Herbie Mann was heard in the ending.
The single peaked at no.16 in the UK, and would be the last Top 40 hit the band had in the UK for almost eight years.
- Barry Gibb — lead and harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
- Maurice Gibb — bass guitar
- Robin Gibb — backing vocals
- Herbie Mann — flute
- Alan Kendall — acoustic guitar
- Blue Weaver — keyboards, synthesizer
- Joe Lala — percussion
- Daniel Ben Zebulon — percussion
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||36|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||16|
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- "Songs Written by the Gibb Family on the International Charts - Part 4" (PDF). brothersgibb.org. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "Bee Gees - Spirits (Having Flown)". dutchcharts.com. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "UK Charts". The Official Charts Company UK. Retrieved 2014-11-09.
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