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Continuous re-invention gave them longevity,
This review is from: The Record: Their Greatest Hits (Audio CD)
The Bee Gees began in the sixties and continued making music into the new millennium. Along the way, they had many hits of their own but also (as songwriters) provided plenty of hits for others. This set chronicles their own hits while also providing a selection of their own versions of some of the songs that were hits for others.
The first fourteen tracks of the first CD cover their folk-pop period of the sixties and early seventies. Their impact on the American charts in this period was somewhat patchy, but most of these reached the UK top ten, while Massachusetts and I've gotta get a message to you both topped the British charts. My favorites from this period are Don't forget to remember and First of May. Saved by the bell was a Robin Gibb solo. To love somebody was a huge UK hit for Nina Simone.
The public lost interest in the Bee Gees, so they got into disco music and this made them bigger UK stars than they had been before, while making them huge stars in America. My favorite tracks from this period are How deep is your love and Too much heaven, while Staying alive, Night fever and Tragedy were also major international hits.
During their disco period, Yvonne Elliman had a UK top ten hit with Love me and a transatlantic hit with If I can't have you, while Candi Staton had a UK top ten hit with Nights on Broadway, Samantha Sang had her only hit with Emotion and Tavares had a huge hit with More than a woman. The Bee Gees' versions of all those songs are included here.
As the disco period ended, the Bee Gees produced albums for others – Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, Kenny Rogers and Diana Ross. Guilty is a duet that Barry Gibb recorded with Barbra, while Heartbreaker and Islands in the stream are the Bee Gees' own version of songs they wrote for two of the others. No songs from the Diana Ross album are included.
They made another UK chart comeback in the late eighties, topping the chart with You win again. This proved to be a one-off, but they again reached the top ten in the mid-nineties with Alone.
This is an excellent collection of Bee Gees music, far superior to any previous compilation except the boxed set. There are some omissions, but all the essentials are here – and you do need two CD's to get all the essential Bee Gees songs.