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Big Chance

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"Big Chance"
File:Beegeesbigchance.jpg
Single by Bee Gees
from the album Spicks and Specks
A-side"Born a Man"
ReleasedJanuary 1967
RecordedApril — May 1966
GenreRockabilly, protopunk
Length1:40
LabelSpin
Songwriter(s)Barry Gibb
Producer(s)Nat Kipner
Bee Gees flipsides singles chronology
"I Am the World"
(1966)
"Big Chance"
(1967)
"I Can't See Nobody"
(1967)
"I Am the World"
(1966)
Big Chance
(1967)
"I Can't See Nobody"
(1967)

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"Big Chance" is a song recorded by the Bee Gees. As it was included on the 1966 album Spicks and Specks later in November.[1][2] It was later chosen as the B-side of "Born a Man" released in early 1967.[3][4] This was also the last B-side released only in Australia as the next single "New York Mining Disaster 1941" backed by "I Can't See Nobody" was released in many countries including the UK and the US.[5] In New Zealand, both songs were released in February 1967.[6]

The Kids covered this song, it was released as the B-side of "How Many Birds" in August 1967 on Spin Records only in Australia.[5]

Recording and lyrics[edit]

Written by Barry Gibb and lead vocals by Robin Gibb. Barry also sings harmony and backing vocals. Recorded between April and May 1966 in St. Clair Studios.[7] The song starts with a guitar, and on 0:08, the bass by Maurice Gibb or John Robinson was heard and after 2 seconds, Colin Petersen's drums was started. Barry sings with Robin on the chorus.[8]

About the song, the vocalist explains that the people in their pride it's easier for them, to leave their problems in the arms of others and running to their mothers, the singer explains that the lasting love is such a funny thing when a man/woman in love. The singer says to his lover that she's not in love and it's good for her. The singer says that it's a big chance for his baby. The singer also explains to a girl that when she gets high and mighty and the girl remembered how the singer loves her. And in the night, is such a lonely time for him, and he dreaming of her and that's a sign.[9]

Personnel[edit]

  • Robin Gibb — Lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Barry Gibb — acoustic guitar, harmony and backing vocals
  • Maurice Gibb — bass and acoustic guitar
  • John Robinson — bass guitar
  • Colin Petersen — drums

Release[edit]

Country Title
Australia Spicks and Specks
  • Label: Spin
  • Released: November 1966
  • Format: LP
Australia "Big Chance"
a/w "Born a Man"
  • Label: Spin
  • Released: February 1967
  • Format: single
All Countries Rare, Precious and Beautiful
  • Label: Polydor, Atco (US/Canada)
  • Released: November 1968
  • Format: LP
UK To Be or Not to Be
  • Label: Thunderbolt
  • Released: 12 December 1995[10]
  • Format: LP
All Countries Brilliant from Birth
  • Label: Spin
  • Released: 25 August 1998[11]
  • Format: LP
UK Tomorrow the World
  • Label: Thunderbolt
  • Released: 23 February 1999[12]
  • Format: LP
All Countries Follow the Wind
  • Label: Laserlight
  • Released: 14 October 2000[13]
  • Format: LP
Netherlands Spicks & Specks
  • Label: Golgr
  • Released: 13 November 2000[14]
  • Format:LP
UK Ever Increasing Singles
  • Label: Thunderbolt
  • Released: 20 May 2002[15]
  • Format: LP

References[edit]

  1. "Bee Gees - "Spicks and Specks" album". Discogs. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  2. "Bee Gees - "Spicks and Specks" album". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  3. "Bee Gees - "Born a Man / Big Chance"". 45cat. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  4. "Bee Gees - "Born a Man / Big Chance"". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1967". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  6. "Bee Gees - "Born a Man / Big Chance" single". Discogs. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  7. Brennan, Joseph. "Gibb Songs: 1966". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  8. "Bee Gees - "Big Chance"". You Tube. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  9. "Bee Gees - "Big Chance" Lyrics". Metrolyrics. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  10. "Bee Gees - "To Be or Not to Be" Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  11. "Bee Gees - "Brilliant from Birth" Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  12. "Bee Gees - "Tomorrow the World" Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  13. "Bee Gees - "Follow the Wind" Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  14. "Bee Gees - Spicks & Specks (Netherlands release)". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  15. "Bee Gees - "Ever Increasing Singles" Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 31 December 2013.

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