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E.S.P. (Bee Gees album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1987
RecordedJanuary – March 1987
Bee Gees chronology
Staying Alive
Singles from E.S.P.
  1. "You Win Again"
    Released: August 1987
  2. "E.S.P."
    Released: October 1987
  3. "Crazy for Your Love"
    Released: February 1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[1]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[2]

E.S.P. is the seventeenth studio album (fifteenth worldwide) by the British group the Bee Gees. Released in 1987, it was the band's first studio album in six years, and their first release under their new contract with Warner Bros. It marked the first time in twelve years the band had worked with producer Arif Mardin, and was their first album to be recorded digitally. The album sold well in Europe, reaching No. 5 in the UK, No. 2 in Norway and Austria, and No. 1 in Germany and Switzerland, though it failed to chart higher than No. 96 in the US.[3]

The album's first single, "You Win Again", reached No. 1 in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Norway.

The album cover photographs show the Gibb brothers at Castlerigg stone circle near Keswick in England's Lake District.


With the Bee Gees now back in the Warner-Elektra-Atlantic conglomerate, producer Arif Mardin was once again available to work with them.

The Gibb brothers began writing and recording songs for E.S.P. around September 1986. They worked at Maurice's home studio, informally known as Panther House, rather than at Middle Ear. Maurice set everything up and Scott Glasel was effectively the assistant engineer. Scott's recollection years later is that Barry brought in the songs as demos, featuring just his voice and guitar, and that they recorded the fuller demos based on Barry's songs. Scott also recalls Barry and Robin many times arguing heatedly over trivial things and calling off the project, only to have Maurice call Scott a few days later to let him know they were starting again.[4]


Over the previous few years Barry and Robin had become accustomed to different recording styles. Barry preferred to write the songs and record demos, then go into the studio with session players to record polished versions for release. Robin instead liked to use the recording sessions themselves to work out the songs. Maurice liked a hands-on approach and where he had a voice in production he either appears prominently on the finished tracks or worked out arrangements with a few session players during recording. The compromise recording method adopted for E.S.P. was for the brothers to start all the recordings themselves and then complete them with session players and a producer. If they started with an idea and a rhythm track, they built a song onto it as they recorded, something that would accommodate what all three preferred to do. The result of this process would then be a demo, with vocals by the three brothers and instrumentals by Maurice and Barry. The album made extensive use of the Fairlight CMI as much of the drumming was programmed using the instrument by Barry and Maurice and their engineer Scott Glasel. The Gibb instrumental tracks were done from October into 1987. The second stage appears to have been recording the main vocal tracks, and where this was done is unknown. The demo of "E.S.P." on the box set Tales from the Brothers Gibb is at this second stage. Lastly, session musicians replaced most of the instrumental parts and the brothers dubbed additional vocals. They also edited some of the tracks, inserted new sections, and sped up at least two of them. A song titled "Young Love" was scrapped from the album, and was the only outtake.[4]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb.

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."E.S.P."Barry and Robin5:38
2."You Win Again"Barry and Robin4:02
3."Live or Die (Hold Me Like a Child)"Barry4:41
4."Giving Up the Ghost"Robin and Maurice4:26
5."The Longest Night"Robin5:46
6."This Is Your Life"Barry4:50
9."Crazy for Your Love"Barry4:40
11."E.S.P. (Reprise)"Barry and Robin0:34
Total length:48:16
The Warner Bros. Years bonus tracks
12."E.S.P" (demo version)4:43
13."Angela" (edit)4:18
14."E.S.P" (edit)4:17
15."You Win Again" (extended version)5:14
16."E.S.P" (extended version)6:15
Total length:73:02


Bee Gees

Additional personnel


Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[23] 3× Gold 750,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[24] Gold 10,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[25] Gold 25,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[27] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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