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This page is about the album. For the song, see: One (song)

Album Type

Studio Album


July 25, 1989


March 7, 1988 - February 8, 1989, Criteria Studios, Miami




Warner Bros.


Bee Gees, Albhy Galuten, Karl Richardson

V - E - T - D

One is the Bee Gees' sixteenth studio album, released in April 1989 (in the United States the release was delayed, coming out in July of the same year). After the European success of the previous album, E.S.P., the Gibb brothers began to work in the One album in early 1988. In March, brother Andy suddenly died and the Bee Gees took a break until August when they returned to the studio to complete the album. The style of One was more melancholic than E.S.P., and heavily influenced by the loss of their brother. The first single from the album, "Ordinary Lives", dedicated to Andy, was an example of that. The album had a little impact in the market. Other singles from the album included "One" and "Tokyo Nights". Despiting the success of the single "One" in the US, the album only peaked at #68 there. In the UK reached #29, selling better in Germany and Switzerland, hitting the Top 10 in both countries. As of 2006, One sold approximately 1 million copies worldwide.

Track listing[]

# Title Notes Length
1. Ordinary Lives Lead vocal by Barry Gibb. Originally recorded under the title of "Cruel World". Released as a single. 4:01
2. One Lead vocal by Barry Gibb. Released as a single. 4:55
3. Bodyguard Lead vocal by Robin and Barry Gibb. Released as a single. 5:21
4. It's My Neighborhood Lead vocal by Barry Gibb. 4:17
5. Tears Lead vocal by Barry Gibb. 5:16
6. Tokyo Nights Lead vocal by Robin Gibb. A previous version of this song was recorded back in 1987. 3:56
7. Flesh and Blood Lead vocal by Robin Gibb. 4:44
8. Wish You Were Here Lead vocal by Barry Gibb. Written a couple weeks after Andy Gibb's death, in March 1988. This song was dedicated to him. 4:44
9. House of Shame Lead vocal by Maurice Gibb. 4:51
10. Will You Ever Let Me Lead vocal by Barry Gibb. 5:58
11. Wing and a Prayer Lead vocal by Barry Gibb. Bonus track included only in the CD release. Produced by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, and Robin Gibb. 4:10

All compositions by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.


Artist Credit Notes
Barry Gibb vocal, guitar
Robin Gibb vocal
Maurice Gibb vocal, keyboard, synthesizer, guitar
Tim Cansfield guitar
Peter John Vetesse keyboard, synthesizer
Nathan East bass
Steve Ferrone drums
Alan Kendall guitar
Don Henley crashing drums sounds ("Ordinary Lives") uncredited
Timothy B. Schmit bass ("Tokyo Nights") uncredited
Mike Porcaro bass ("It's My Neighborhood") uncredited
Scott Glasel programming

Album produced by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb and Brian Tench except for "Wing And A Prayer", produced by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb.


Date Single Notes Peak positions
March 1989 "Ordinary Lives" Released only in Europe #54 UK, #8 Germany, #19 Austria, #23 Netherlands
June 1989 "One" Released worldwide #7 US, #71 UK, #1 Brazil, #7 Argentina, #11 Canada, #37 Germany
October 1989 "Wish You Were Here" Released only in limited Latin-American and European countries #2 Brazil
January 1990 "Bodyguard" Released only in the United States as a promo single #7 Adult Contemporary

Chart performance[]

Chart Peak position
Germany 4
Switzerland 6
Netherlands 15
Norway 19
Austria 23
United Kingdom 29
Australia 36
Italy 39
Sweden 42
Canada 46
Japan 63
United States 68