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Best of the Bee Gees does exactly what it says on the label.
on 24 February 2001
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.