Recorded in April 2001 at the Manhattan Centre in New York for an American cable television series The Bees Gees--Live by Request
is a live anthology of the group's four decades of hits. The show allows fans at home and in the theatre to interact with their favourite stars and request favourite songs (a cross between ITV's An Audience with...
and MTV's Unplugged
). A great visual companion to their audio best of collection The Record
, the release contains live performances of favourites along with less familiar tracks from their 25th album This Is Where I Came In
. The acoustic medley of some of their best-loved compositions (including "Islands in the Stream" and "Woman in Love") is by far the high-point of the show. The release would have benefited though if the request/presenter sections of the show had been edited out. These segments lack any spontaneity, are heavily scripted and are particularly wooden, although the Gibbs' conversation with cranky fan Donna from Boulder is highly entertaining.
On The DVD:Severely lacking in extras (the original programme trailer is the only added feature) the DVD is redeemed by the excellent audio recordings and stunning opening animation. The show can be played in Dolby 2.0 and 5.1, or in DTS format. Individual concert tracks can also be rapidly by accessed from the sub-menu. Due to the NTSC recording the picture quality is at times compromised, and is only available in standard picture format. --John Galilee
Pop legends the Bee Gees perform a live selection of the songs that have made them famous. Includes 'Massachusetts', 'How Deep is Your Love' and 'You Should Be Dancing'.