ESP Album is by the Bee Gees, who were a British pop group. Their seventeenth studio album was released on the 21st of September 1987 under the Warner Bros. and Warner Music record labels.
The album, their fifteenth worldwide release and first to be recorded digitally, was the Bee Gees first in six years, since the release of Living Eyes in October 1981. The Bee Gees had taken time off from releasing their own work to write and produce other recording artists, like Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers and Diana Ross, who took ” Chain Reaction ” to the top of the UK Singles Chart in 1986 for three weeks with the Bee Gees-penned song. During that time each brother had worked on solo projects.
The ESP album was also their first for the record label. All of the eleven tracks were written and produced by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Additional production was by Brian Tench and Arif Mardin, who was a Turkish-American music producer. It was the first time in twelve years that the brothers Gibb had worked with the producer.
The album marked a return for the Bee Gees, a successful release it was certified 2x Platinum in Switzerland for sales of over 100,000 and for sales of 300,000 copies it was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) in the United Kingdom. In Germany, the Bundesverband Musikindustrie ( Federal Music Industry Association ) awarded the album 3x Gold for sales of 750,000. In Norway and Spain, it was certified Gold for sales of 25,000 and 50,000 respectively.
The lead single, ” You Win Again “, was released in August 1987 United States and on the 12th of October 1987 in the United Kingdom. The melody was written by Barry Gibb with the distinctive drum sounds produced by Maurice Gibb, the work initially done in his garage.
The single became a hugely successful release for the brothers. In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 19th of September 1987 at Number One, holding the top spot for four weeks. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and sixteen weeks in the Top 100.
” You Win Again ” also topped the charts in Austria, Germany, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland. In the United States, the single didn’t perform so well, where it peaked at number seventy-five and spent six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. The Bee Gees took the single into the Top Ten in Canada, Belgium ( Flanders ), Italy, the Netherlands, Sweden and South Africa. In Finland and France, it peaked at number fourteen.
The ESP album became a very successful release for the Bee Gees. In the United States, the album peaked at number ninety-six on the 7th of November 1987 and spent nine weeks on the Billboard 200.
In the United Kingdom, the album entered the UK Albums Chart on the 3rd of October 1987 and peaked at number five. It spent three weeks in the Top Ten and twenty-four weeks in the Top 100.
The ESP album reached number two in Austria and Norway, it went one place higher in Switzerland where it topped the chart there, spending six weeks at the top.
About the Bee Gees
The Bee Gees were a pop music group. The group formed in 1958 and consisted of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb.
Born on the Isle of Man they moved Manchester, England, living there until the late 1950s. The Gibb family then moved to Australia in 1958 and stayed until late 1966 when they moved back to England.
They teamed up with producer Robert Stigwood in the late 60s, who began promoting the trio to a Worldwide audience.
The Bee Gees wrote all their songs and during their career penned hit singles for a variety of other recording artists. Known the world over for their three-part tight harmonies, the brothers Gibb became popular during the disco era of the mid to late 70s.
The Bee Gees have sold more than 200 Million records worldwide, giving the group a place on the list of the World’s best-selling artists of all time.
To date, the Bee Gees Album releases are twenty-two Studio, two live, fifteen Compilations and four Soundtrack albums. They have also released eighty-three singles.
As a multi-award-winning recording artist, they have won eight Grammys, five American Music, one BRIT, one World Music Award. The brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Maurice died at the age of 53 in January 2003, due to complications of a twisted intestine. Robin died at the age of 62 on the 20th of May 2012 in London from liver and kidney failure. Barry is the only family member left; he still records and tours.
In May 2004 all three brothers were awarded the Commander in the Order of the British Empire ( CBE ) for services to music.
In 2018, Barry Gibb was Knighted in the New Years Honours List for services to music and charity; his title is now Sir Barry Alan Crompton Gibb.
ESP Album Track Listing:
2. You Win Again
3. Live or Die ( Hold Me Like a Child )
4. Giving Up the Ghost
5. The Longest Night
6. This Is Your Life
9. Crazy for Your Love
11. E.S.P. ( Reprise )