High Civilization is the Bee Gees' seventeenth original album, released in 1991. It was their last album recorded for Warner Bros. Records, after a four-year contract. Possibly in reaction to firm resistance from U.S. radio to the previous two albums, E.S.P. which had done well in other countries, the US-based Warner Bros gave this one less promotion and did not issue remixes. Engineered by Femi Jiya, High Civilization found a new change for the Bee Gees sound, with heavier use of drum programming and electronic effects, making a relatively cool production. Highlights from the album included the first single, Secret Love, an up-tempo ballad, which was a Top 5 hit in the UK, When He's Gone, a heavier pop song, issued as the album's second single, and the sentimental ballad The Only Love, released as the third and final single from the album. The soft ballad Happy Ever After was also a cassette-only single released.
While it did not chart in the U.S., it reached #6 in Switzerland, #2 in Germany, #24 in the UK and sold 1.1 million copies worldwide.
- "High Civilization" – 5:31
- "Secret Love" – 3:42
- "When He's Gone" – 5:59
- "Happy Ever After" – 6:17
- "Party with No Name" – 4:56
- "Ghost Train" – 6:04
- "Dimensions " – 5:28
- "The Only Love" – 5:36
- "Human Sacrifice" – 5:42
- "True Confessions" – 5:16
- "Evolution" – 5:37
The Only Love was written with a view to being covered. The Bee Gees offered the song to Bryan Adams, though he declined their offer.
- Barry Gibb – lead and harmony vocals, guitar
- Robin Gibb – lead and harmony vocals
- Maurice Gibb – backing vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, guitars, lead vocals on "Dimensions"
- Alan Kendall – guitar
- Tim Cansfield - guitar
- Mike Murphy - drums
- Trevor Murrell - drums
- Scott F. Crago - drums ("When He's Gone", "The Only Love") [uncredited]
- Tim Moore – keyboards, synthesizer, programmer
- George "Chocolate" Perry – bass guitar
- Lenny Castro – percussion
- Julia and Maxine Waters – backing vocals and percussion