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Ultimate Bee Gees

2009 2 CD retrospective.

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Rhino does it again! Brand new 2009 Bee Gee's anthology is the best ever issued.

  • Nov 11, 2009
If you grew up in the 1970's you probably bought a lot of Bee Gees records.  Just about everyone did.  In fact, I could be wrong but as far as I can tell their string of 6 consecutive #1 hits in the late 70's is unprecedented.  Elvis never did it.  Neither did The Beatles, Elton John, Springsteen, Michael Jackson or for that matter Frank Sinatra.  It was truly a remarkable run.  If you grew up in the 1960's you also probably bought a lot of Bee Gees records.  In those days they were a phenonenon on both sides of the Atlantic and in Australia as well.  They have left us an incredible body of work.  Now in 2009 America's premier reissue label Rhino offers the exciting 2 disc anthology "The Ultimate Bee Gees"

"The Ultimate Bee Gees" offers up a a total of 40 tracks featuring just about all of of the groups biggest hits from their debut 1966 Australian single "Spicks and Specks" (presented here "live") to the groups very final single release in 2001.  Of course you will also find each and every one of the groups major chart hits including memorable tunes like "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "Night Fever", "Nights on Broadway" and oh so many more.  Aside from their obvious vocal skills, Barry Robin and Maurice Gibb were also very gifted and prolific songwriters.  In fact, for all practical purposes the group only sang songs they themselves wrote.  In fact, as far as I can tell the brothers Gibb penned every one of the tunes on these discs.  Amazing!   I would also like to recommend a few of my personal favorites including "I Started A Joke", "Fanny (Be Tender WIth My Love)" and the groups last Top Ten hit "One" from 1989.   Also featured are a number of "live" recordings of tunes the group wrote that were huge hits for other artists.  Hear the boys'  take on "More Than A Woman" (Tavares)"Heartbreaker"  (Dionne Warwick) and "Islands In The Stream" (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton). 

"The Ultimate Bee Gees" comes complete with a nicely done 20 page booklet that includes rather extensive liner notes written by Tim Rice ("Jesus Christ Superstar") that recalls the origins and the glory days of this remarkable group.  Also available for a few dollars more is the "Deluxe" editiion featuring 18 previously unreleased videos of the group performing some of their biggest and best. Sadly, we lost Maurice Gibb altogether too soon in 2003 at the age of 53.  But "The Ultimate Bee Gees" will allow us to celebrate rhe music of the Bee Gees for many years to come.  They had a sound all their own and their amazing harmonies remain a joy to listen to.  This is clearly the finest Bee Gee's anthology to date!   Very highly recommended!
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review by . November 09, 2009
posted in Music Matters
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. …
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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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