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Kilburn Towers

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"Kilburn Towers"
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Idea
A-side"I Started a Joke"
Released21 December 1968
Recorded14 June 1968
Length2:14 (mono)
2:17 (stereo)
LabelPolydor (United Kingdom)
Atco (United States)
Songwriter(s)Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb
Producer(s)Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees
Bee Gees flipsides singles chronology
"Kitty Can"
"Kilburn Towers"
Idea track listing
12 tracks
Side one
  1. "Let There Be Love"
  2. "Kitty Can"
  3. "In the Summer of His Years"
  4. "Indian Gin and Whisky Dry"
  5. "Down to Earth"
  6. "Such a Shame" (UK version)
  7. "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" (US version)
Side two
  1. "Idea"
  2. "When the Swallows Fly"
  3. "I Have Decided to Join the Airforce"
  4. "I Started a Joke"
  5. "Kilburn Towers"
  6. "Swan Song"

"Kilburn Towers" is a folk song by the Bee Gees. Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb in 1968 for the album Idea. It was also released as the B-side of "I Started a Joke" in most territories. This song's length was 2:14 in mono and 2:17 in stereo. The song was produced by the group's manager Robert Stigwood and the Bee Gees. The song was written about the Sydney ocean apartment buildings, Kilburn Towers, built in 1960. (

Virginia Vee recorded "Kilburn Towers" in 1968. Her version was released as a single only in France, with another Bee Gees song, "Let There Be Love", as the B-side; it was arranged by Jimi Horowitz and produced by Claude Ebrard on Polydor Records. Vee's version was recorded also at IBC Studios in London.[1]

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Writing and recording

Barry Gibb says that "Kilburn Towers" was written in his flat. Barry continues "I would just sit and strum on my own. I think it was just something that I sort of came up with and that was it."[2]

It was recorded on 14 June 1968 with "Such a Shame". Barry performs vocals on this track. The breathy vocals and orchestral instrumental break are similar to "In the Summer of His Years". The flute sound throughout is performed by Maurice Gibb on Mellotron. Colin Petersen plays bongos on this track.[3]



  1. ^ "Virginia Vee - Kilburn Towers / Let There Be Love (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  2. ^ "Idea (1968)". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
  3. ^ "Gibb Songs : 1968". Retrieved 2016-10-02.
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