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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not to be excluded from the list of other artists that have released compilations containing only #1 songs, the Bee Gees have no problems. Although some of the hits didn't actually make #1 in the UK, some may have been #1 in several other countries, prompting it to be thankfully included here.
The song "Man in the Middle" is included as a tribute to the late Maurice Gibb. "Number Ones" features 20-tracks, adding cuts such as "More Than a Woman" and "Islands in the Stream," a 1983 No. 1 hit for Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. If you buy this early, you'll get the limited-edition CD/DVD combo which includes rare footage of the Bee Gees performing "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," "How Deep Is Your Love," "Jive Talkin'," "Massachusetts" and "I Started a Joke" (from the U.K. TV show "An Audience With").
In this version, "More Than A Woman" replaces the USA versions "Lonely Days" and adds the tracks, "Immortality" and "Islands In The Stream", which are the same versions that are on "The Record".
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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
The collection of number one hits by the Beatles was later followed by an equivalent collection by Elvis Presley. Both those collections limited themselves to British and American number ones. If the same rule had been applied to the Bee Gees, there would have been too much empty space on the CD, so the net was cast wider. They trawled the charts of Germany (World, words, More than a woman), New Zealand (I started a joke, Don't forget to remember) and Brazil (Immortality - some other Brazilian number ones have been omitted) as well as Britain and America. They had other number one hits in the Netherlands, Japan and Hong Kong but declined to use those, presumably because they had enough songs.
One song that wasn't a hit for them is Islands in the stream, the song they wrote for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, who took it to the top of the American pop charts. On that basis, their most successful song is Woman in love - it appears to have been number one in more countries around the world than any other Bee Gees song, whoever performed by. It seems that they have not recorded their own version of the song despite there being several possibilities for gender-adapted lyrics. Of course, they couldn't compete with Barbra's version but it would be interesting to hear their version.
In the end, this compilation represents all aspects of their career although some great songs are missing from their folk-pop phase of the sixties and early seventies, First of May, To love somebody and Run to me are all omitted, along with Robin's solo Saved by the bell. However, seven tracks is a fair representation of this period on a single CD encompassing their whole career. Two of the seven (Massachusetts, I've gotta get a message to you) made number one in the UK while How can you mend a broken heart made number one in America.
Their disco period is represented by nine tracks including How deep is your love, Staying alive, Night fever, Too much heaven and their final American number one, Love you inside out. The next track (You win again) was a surprise UK number one hit in 1987 - it was to be their last.
The collection is completed by Man in the middle (a tribute to Maurice), their version of Islands in the stream and Immortality.
If you just want a single CD of their music spanning most of their career, this will suit you. Nevertheless, you might prefer the earlier double CD, The record, especially if you like some of the classic songs that were omitted from this collection.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2012
This CD contains great music but is rendered unfit for purpose because Reprise appears to have doctored the cd format so that it won't play on a PC. This should be unlawful. Some people only have a PC cd player and base their music system around it. Paranoid idiocy from record companies such as Reprise results in a product unfit for purpose, and anyone who finds they have bought such a cd should return it and demand a full refund. Unbelievable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2012
Great CD. Very good service from seller. The price and delivery first class. Would certainly buy from this seller again. Being house bound, I have to rely on purchasing on line, and I have found doing this through Amazon is so helpful. Thanks
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
with recent tragic events many will want to re-remember the great
career of the 'bee-gees'
this album of course a great reflection of many of the groups best
known songs.
as a group they of course changed their style a few times keeping up
with the demands of the public at large, along with their many fans,
the trio were versatile enough to do just that, of course the most
remembered style-update was their 'disco' orientated spell bringing us
many superb and memorable numbers.
their career however spanned many more years than that golden era,
they gave us.
both 'robin' and 'barry' had much success releasing solo material as
well as the many hits as a trio.
as good as this 'CD' is, if you are a real fan of the groups many
achievements you may want something more than this, may I suggest you
have a look at the 'mythology' 4-CD collection, probably the most comprehensive
their many hits currently on offer at this time ( includes material from all
four brothers 'gibb' ).....,,.a great keepsake.
we've lost many great names in comparatively recent times, sadly 'robin' joining
brothers 'maurice' and 'andy' on that list......they left this world too soon..
'robin' a great song-writer, great vocalist...and I believe a great human being
......who's contribution to music will live forever.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Not to be excluded from the list of other artists that have released compilations containing only #1 songs, the Bee Gees have no problems. Although some of the hits didn't actually make #1 in the UK, some may have been #1 in several other countries, prompting it to be thankfully included here. The last song is 2001's "Man in the Middle," included as a tribute to the late Maurice Gibb. "Number Ones" features 20-tracks, adding cuts such as "More Than a Woman" and "Islands in the Stream," a 1983 No. 1 hit for Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. If you buy this early, you'll get the limited-edition CD/DVD combo which includes rare footage of the Bee Gees performing "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," "How Deep Is Your Love," "Jive Talkin'," "Massachusetts" and "I Started a Joke" (from the U.K. TV show "An Audience With").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2008
A great album but let down by the fact that Islands in the stream is a re-recorded version. This is not clear on the album. I bought the cd because I wanted the original song having already purchased their greatest hits to find that too has the re-recorded version of the song. It seems that the song is now unavailable which is a shame. Maybe somebody can tell me where the original is available for buying?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
With some of the greatest pop songs ever written the BeeGees will remain long loved and listened to in the years to come. I have always meant to get myself one of their albums, instead of listening to everyone else's and when I saw this I had to get it.

Although alas most of the brothers have been ill and taken from us before their time, their music will live on. This album is great to listen to, and these tracks still get people up and dancing at parties, although beware that you have enough room for the certain 'John Travolta' track, as us men do get a bit over excited at times, strutting our stuff.

All in all this is a must have album, and it also has the original demo of 'Immortality'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2013
Other reviews can give you a lot of facts, dates, and information about each member of the trio and much more.
I bought this to download onto my Kindle fire, after listening to some well known tracks, some of my personal favourites and tracks unknown to me as they had been number one singles outside of the UK.
So if you like to sing alone to How Deep is your Love, Jive Talkin, Tradegy and 17 other tracks then take a little time to 'check out' this album.
Personally this is a collection of number one hits for all moods and great individual tracks that I will use on varying play lists.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 26 January 2005
Really good, no surprises there seeing as the songs are old faithfuls. The only issue I have is with the song order, but that's just a minor niggle, and probably everyone else would disagree anyway. Buy it!
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