Bee Gees – Live At The Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo (1973)

FrontCover1.jpgThe Bee Gees in the early Seventies …

By 1973, however, the Bee Gees were in a rut. The album Life in a Tin Can, released on Robert Stigwood’s newly formed RSO Records, and its lead-off single, “Saw a New Morning”, sold poorly with the single peaking at No. 94. This was followed by an unreleased album (known as A Kick in the Head Is Worth Eight in the Pants). A second compilation album, Best of Bee Gees, Volume 2, was released in 1973, although it did not repeat the success of Volume 1. On the 6 April 1973 episode of The Midnight Special they performed “Money (That’s What I Want)” with Jerry Lee Lewis. Also in 1973, they were invited by Chuck Berry to perform two songs with him onstage at The Midnight Special: “Johnny B. Goode”[44] and “Reelin’ and Rockin'”.

After a tour of the United States in early 1974 and a Canadian tour later in the year,[46] the group ended up playing small clubs.[47] As Barry joked, “We ended up in, have you ever heard of Batley’s the variety club in (West Yorkshire) England?” (by wikipedia)

Although Bee Gees gave nine concerts throughout Japan that year, most or all of the press coverage was about their first date in Tokyo – Shinjuku Kosei Nenkin Kaikan, September 1, 1973. This two-page spread from a music magazine is no exception.

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To sum up, the short concert review more or less reads:

The Bee Gees came back to serenade the capacity crowd, mainly consisting of teenage girls, with the pleasant sound they are known for.
Compared with their first Japanese tour from last March, there was more prancing around the stage, and the brothers were more casually dressed in jeans and stuff. All in all, there was a more relaxed, casual feel. The congenial audience laughed and applauded at the funny exchanges between Barry, Maurice, and Robin.

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“The concert with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in February” seems to have influenced the group a great deal. They kept talking about it at the press conference. Also, the experience seems to have prepared them to harmonize brilliantly backed by a full orchestra. They kept the promise that they would “choose to sing our greatest hits” as they belted out songs like ‘Massachusetts’ and ‘First of May’ in perfect harmony. (by beegeedays.com)

A trip down memory lane when the Bee Gees once sang: “Yesterday was history who knows what there is gonna be when we meet again/Will you smile and tell the world about me…”

Recorded live at the Shinjuku Koseinenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan; September 15, 1973. Fairly to very good audio (ripped from video/TV broadcast). From the TV Special, “Love Sounds Special”. Last show of the Japanese leg of the “Life In A Tin Can” Tour.

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Personnel:
Robin Gibb, Barry Gibb & Maurice Gibb
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a bunch of unknown studio musicians
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unknown Orchestra

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Tracklist:
01. To Love Somebody (intro)/My World (B.Gibb/M.Gibb/R.Gibb) 4.48
02. Run To Me (B.Gibb/M.Gibb/R.Gibb) 3.10
03. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (B.Gibb/R.Gibb/Michel) 3.47
04. I’ve Got To Get A Message To You (B.Gibb/M.Gibb/R.Gibb) 2.50
05. I Started A Joke (B.Gibb/M.Gibb/R.Gibb) 3.12
06. Saw A New Morning (B.Gibb/M.Gibb/R.Gibb) 1.02
07. I Can’t See Nobody (B.Gibb/R.Gibb) 3.59
08. Words (B.Gibb/M.Gibb/R.Gibb)(Michel) 4.19
09. In The Morning (B.Gibb) 3.19
10. Wouldn’t I Be Someone (B.Gibb/M.Gibb/R.Gibb) 4.55
11. Massachusetts (B.Gibb/M.Gibb/R.Gibb) 3.03
12. Lonely Days (B.Gibb/M.Gibb/R.Gibb/Michel) 5.02

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Feel I’m goin’ back to Massachusetts
Something’s telling me I must go home
And the lights all went out in Massachusetts
The day I left her standing on her own

Tried to hitch a ride to San Francisco
Gotta do the things I wanna do
And the lights all went out in Massachusetts
They brought me back to see my way with you

Talk about the life in Massachusetts
Speak about the people I have seen
And the lights all went out in Massachusetts
And Massachusetts is one place I have seen

(I will remember Massachusetts)

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