Life in a Tin Can

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Life in a Tin Can
Album Life in a Tin Can.jpg
Studio album by
Released19 January 1973 (United States)
1 March 1973 (United Kingdom)
RecordedSeptember 1972
The Record Plant, Los Angeles, California
GenrePop rock, acoustic rock, folk rock, country rock
ProducerBarry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees chronology
To Whom It May Concern
Life in a Tin Can
Mr. Natural
Singles from Life in a Tin Can
  1. "Saw a New Morning"
    Released: March 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars link
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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]

When asked by Billboard why they moved from London to Los Angeles, Maurice says: "We don't want to talk about it yet. But we're going to attempt a concept album that's a major departure from our usual Bee Gees trademarks. And if that doesn't work out, we'll do something else".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Saw a New Morning" Barry and Robin4:24
2."I Don't Wanna Be The One"Barry GibbRobin and Barry4:05
3."South Dakota Morning"Barry GibbBarry2:25
4."Living in Chicago" Barry and Robin5:39
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."While I Play"Barry GibbBarry4:29
2."My Life Has Been a Song" Robin and Barry4:21
3."Come Home Johnny Bridie"Barry GibbBarry3:50
4."Method to My Madness" Barry and Robin3:10

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
Australia Kent Music Report Albums Chart[3] 19
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[4] 54
Italian Albums Chart 10
US Billboard 200[5] 69
Billboard charts (North America)
Year Song Chart Rank
1973 "Saw a New Morning" Billboard Hot 100 94


Bee Gees
Guest musicians


  1. ^ a b Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1972". Retrieved 13 January 2014.
  2. ^ Freedland, Nat (August 25, 1973). "Bee Gees Aim for Peak Stellar Performance in All Areas". Billboard: 18. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Canadian Albums". RPM Canada. Retrieved 2014-11-09.
  5. ^ "Billboard Top LP's & Tape". Billboard: 58. March 10, 1973. Retrieved 8 February 2015.