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Life in a Tin Can

Album Type

Studio album


January 1973


Late 1972 at The Record Plant, Los Angeles




RSO, Spin (Australia)


Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees

V - E - T - D

Life in a Tin Can is the Bee Gees' ninth album, released in January 1973. The Bee Gees moved their base of operations from England, UK to Los Angeles, California, U.S. to record Life in a Tin Can. However, it was unable to prevent a commercial decline with the album criticized for a lack of innovation.

The album reached #10 on the Italian charts and sold 175,000 copies worldwide. "Saw a New Morning" was a number one hit in Hong Kong.

Track listing[]

  1. "Saw a New Morning" – 4:13
  2. "I Don't Wanna Be the One" – 4:05 (Barry Gibb)
  3. "South Dakota Morning" – 2:25 (B. Gibb)
  4. "Living in Chicago" – 5:39
  5. "While I Play" – 4:28 (B. Gibb)
  6. "My Life Has Been a Song" – 4:21
  7. "Come Home Johnny Bride" – 3:50 (B. Gibb)
  8. "Method to My Madness" – 3:10

All compositions by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb except as indicated


Bee Gees

  • Barry Gibb - vocals, guitar,
  • Robin Gibb - vocals
  • Maurice Gibb - bass, piano, keyboards, guitar, vocals

Additional personnel

  • Alan Kendall - lead guitar
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow - steel guitar on "South Dakota Morning" and "Come Home Johnny Bride"
  • Tommy Morgan - harmonica on "South Dakota Morning" and "My Life Has Been a Song
  • Jerome Richardson - flute on "Living in Chicago"
  • Rick Grech - violin and bass on "While I Play"
  • Jane Getz - piano on "Come Home Johnny Bride"
  • Jim Keltner - drums
  • Johnny Pate - orchestral arrangement

Production '

  • Mike Stone - engineer
  • Chuck Leary - engineer