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3.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Bee Gees does exactly what it says on the label., 24 Feb 2001
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This review is from: The Very Best of the Bee Gees (Audio CD)
My personal opinion of the Bee Gees took a massive up-swing when one of the brothers finally stood up to Clive Anderson on National TV. Whatever it is: the sweet harmonies or canny knack of always being just ahead of the game, these Mmanchester bandoliers are always just too good for the critics. Whenever the chattering classes think they've finally nailed them into a corner, and that it's finally been proved beyond all reasonable doubt that the Bee Gees are naff, then they come back with one more reinvention that captures the time and the Nation's heart. While the rest of pop officialdom was going hippy on us, these boys were still shopping at Woolworths. When all around you were losing their heads......keep writing songs like New York Mining Disaster and Massachusetts. Inimitable classic ballads about.....er......industrial accidents and somewhere difficult to pronounce in America. Then when you're career's going down the tubes you make a concious effort to go back to your r&b roots in a completely revoloutionary way. Result; Some of the most hypnotic dance tracks ever produced like Night Fever, Stayin' Alive and Tragedy. The Bee Gees are more than a phenomenon, they are a testament to the very human qualities of self belief and persevering hard work, because when it comes down to it there is a market for impressively crafted harmonies and the human soap opera their lives sometimes resemble. The Very Best of.....showcases the two sides of the Band, the moody melodies and the foot tapping seventies disco classics. It also shows why Clive Anderson was so wrong......there is real public affection for the Salford songsmiths for the very real quality of their output and their equally admirable quality of overcoming personal hearttbeak and adversity to carry on delivering great music to us, the great British public.
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Initial post: 15 Feb 2008 00:42:41 GMT
Penn Name says:
I had the opposite reaction to the Clive Anderson interview. Although I wasn't that big a fan of his style personally, he already had a well-known reputation for taking the mick out of his guests, and ribbing them quite hard on occasion- but never in an overly malevolent manner. The Bee Gees must have been aware of this beforehand (and as it turns out, they were). If they hadn't done the show because it wasn't their style, fine- I'd have respected that. But they did.

I've heard Maurice Gibb's version of events, and from my point of view it sounds like they knew what Anderson was like and were supposedly up for a bit of ribbing and mick-taking... but only because they thought it would be on terms that suited them. They supposedly wanted to show that- contrary to their reputation- they were actually a great bunch of guys with a sense of humour (and they probably believe this too). However, in the end they confirmed themselves as the exact opposite- a humourless, brittle, egotistical and self-important load of primadonnas.

As for their music- yes, they've written a lot of excellent tunes, and they're clearly talented musicians, but I never really cared for those falsetto vocals.

Posted on 28 Oct 2012 12:20:34 GMT
Harry J. Key says:
If you think the music is great why just a three?
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