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Ultimate Bee Gees

2009 2 CD retrospective.

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'The Ultimate Bee Gees' Review

  • Nov 9, 2009
I admittedly am not an uber-fan of the Bee Gees, thus my review of the 2 CD 'Ultimate Bee Gees' may be different from that of a person whose been following them for years. I enjoyed the 'Ultimate Bee Gees'. I've seen other reviews and comments that this collection is missing essential songs, or that the tracks featured on this have already been featured before on previous hits packages. Having not purchased any of them and being a Bee Gees newcomer, 'Ultimate Bee Gees' for me was more than satisfying. With 40 tracks, I felt this release covered the well-known standards like "Stayin' Alive" and "Jive Talkin'" but also did a great job of highlighting some lesser-known tracks. I've had some of these tracks from sources like the 'Saturday Night Fever' soundtrack but I must say that unlike many greatest hits packages, what's best about this release is that the tracks really pop and stand out because they sound as if they've been remastered and touched up quite a bit.

The Good: I'm wary of 'greatest hits' packages that only focus on the artist or groups' popular period or only feature the singles released during the group's hay day. That wasn't the case with this set. Though not all of the tracks struck me as hits, this gave a well-rounded view of the group and its music evolution. And for the price you're paying for it on Amazon, I feel 'The Ultimate Bee Gees' is well-worth purchasing considering you're getting 40 songs and that the set is career-spanning. The set even includes three live tracks which happen to be songs the group penned for other artists; hearing the group sing "Islands in the Stream" in classic Bee Gees style was almost worth the purchase alone. Though not every track included among the 40 were true 'hits' in my opinion, the set definitely is one of the better greatest hits or 'ultimate' packages on the market. In my case, as someone who has not been exposed to this groups music beyond 'Saturday Night Fever', I felt this collection gave me a better sense of the group and made me appreciate them more.

The Bad: As some fans have mentioned, there were some tracks that were missing that perhaps should have been included considering this was billed as 'The Ultimate Bee Gees'. As with many collection of this type, fans of the group will probably have more issues with this release than a casual fan will. As a newcomer to the disco/dance tracks definitely worked better than some of the slower-laid backed ones.

In all, is 'The Ultimate Bee Gees' truly ultimate and expansive? It depends on your level of exposure to the group. If you are a super fan, it probably won't live up to the title and will have noticeable flaws. To the casual fan, this is probably a good purchase and gives you more than a good serving - both of the popular and less known hits - of the group. In my opinion, worthy buying. It's a fun listen, gets you moving and still out paces a lot of what's considered popular music by today's standards.

Listen To These: "More Than a Woman", "Islands in the Stream", "This Is Where I Came In", "Jive Talkin'"

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THE ULTIMATE BEE GEES is a double-disc career retrospective featuring the group's many hits and chart-topping singles, performances of a selection of hit songs they wrote for others, and liner notes by Tim Rice.
Tim Rice's liner notes accompanying THE ULTIMATE BEE GEES puts the group's extravagant popularity into perspective. 'Within this package is a collection of performances and songs that very few practitioners of popular music of the past could match for quality, originality, and emotion. It's the singing, the harmonies, the arrangements, the sound, the rivalry, the love, the intelligence, the determination, but above all it's the songs.'

[edit] Disc one

  1. "You Should Be Dancing"
  2. "Stayin' Alive"
  3. "Jive Talkin'"
  4. "Nights on Broadway"
  5. "Tragedy"
  6. "Night Fever"
  7. "More Than a Woman"
  8. "Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)"
  9. "Spirits Having Flown"
  10. "If I Can't Have You"
  11. "Boogie Child"
  12. "Love You Inside Out"
  13. "You Win Again"
  14. "One"
  15. "Secret Love"
  16. "Alone"
  17. "Still Waters (Run Deep)"
  18. "This Is Where I Came In"
  19. "Spicks and Specks" (Live)

[edit] Disc two

  1. "How Deep Is Your Love"
  2. "To Love Somebody"
  3. "Words" (mono mix)
  4. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"
  5. "Too Much Heaven"
  6. "Emotion"
  7. ...
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