Spirits Having Flown


Spirits Having Flown

Infobox Album |
Name = Spirits Having Flown
Type = Album
Artist = the Bee Gees


Released = January, 1979
Recorded = March - November, 1978 Criteria Studios, Miami
Genre = Disco
Length =
Label = RSO
Producer = The Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson
Reviews = *Allmusic Rating|4.5|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:q69ks31ba3pg link]
*"Rolling Stone" (Not Rated) [http://www.rollingstone.com/artists/thebeegees/albums/album/174296/review/5944983/spirits_having_flown link]
Last album = "Children of the World"
(1976)
This album = "Spirits Having Flown"
(1979)
Next album = "Living Eyes"
(1981)

"Spirits Having Flown" is the Bee Gees' thirteenth original album, released in 1979. It was the group's first album after the "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack. "Spirits Having Flown" sold 16 million copies worldwide. The album's first three tracks went to number one in the US.

Chicago/Bee Gees connection (1978-1979)

The horn section from Chicago (James Pankow, Walt Parazaider and Lee Loughnane) made a guest appearance on this album. At the time, they were next door working on the Chicago album "Hot Streets".

Track listing

#"Tragedy" – 5:05 (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb/Maurice Gibb)
#"Too Much Heaven" – 4:57 (B. Gibb/R. Gibb/M. Gibb)
#"Love You Inside Out" – 4:13 (B. Gibb/R. Gibb/M. Gibb)
#"Reaching Out" – 4:07
#"Spirits (Having Flown)" – 5:21 (B. Gibb/R. Gibb/M. Gibb)
#"Search, Find" – 4:16
#"Stop (Think Again)" – 6:41
#"Living Together" – 4:23
#"I'm Satisfied" – 4:23
#"Until" – 2:27

Rejected material

The Bee Gees also recorded "Desire" for the album, with guest vocals by brother Andy Gibb, but it was rejected and instead released as an Andy Gibb solo single.

Awards

"Sprits Having Flown" was voted Best Pop/Rock Album of 1979 at the 1980 American Music Awards ceremony.

Chart positions

Personnel

* Barry Gibb - Guitar, Vocals
* Robin Gibb - Vocals
* Maurice Gibb - Bass, Vocals
* Blue Weaver - Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, Vibraphone, Arp
* Alan Kendall - Bass, Guitar
* Dennis Bryon - Drums
* Neal Bonsanti - Horns
* Gary Brown - Saxophone
* Harold Cowart - Bass
* Kenneth Faulk - Horns
* Albhy Galuten - Synthesizer, Bass, Conductor
* Peter Graves - Horns
* Joe Lala - Percussion, Conga
* Lee Loughnane - Horns
* Herbie Mann - Flute
* James Pankow - Horns
* Walter Parazaider - Horns
* Bill Purse - Horns
* Whit Sidener - Horns
* George Terry - Guitar
* Stanley Webb - Horns
* Daniel Ben Zubulon - Percussion, Conga

Audio sample

succession box
before = "Blondes Have More Fun" by Rod Stewart
title = "Billboard" 200 number-one album
years = March 3 - April 6 1979
April 21 - April 27 1979
after = "Minute by Minute" by Doobie Brothers
succession box
before = "Blondes Have More Fun" by Rod Stewart
title = Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
years = March 12 - April 15 1979
after = "Breakfast in America" by Supertramp


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