Their Greatest Hits: The Record - Bee Gees

Original Release Date: 2001
Label:
Universal
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Where to Buy



Buy reissued version (released 2006)
Buy original CD (released 2001)
Buy Japanese import (released 2002)
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Reviews
Nicholas James


In 2001, it was 11 years since the Bee Gees released a Best Of collection (The Very Best Of The Bee Gees in 1990 being the last one), and since that time, they had scaled the heights of the singles charts around the world several times over. So, the time was right for another collection.

Their Greatest Hits: The Record doesn't disappoint. As a double CD, it is a more complete collection than The Very Best Of The Bee Gees, and features worthy hits excluded from that collection, such as 'I Stared A Joke', 'Lonely Days' and 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart'. It also brings the song list bang up to date, featuring big hits released since 1990: 'Secret Love', 'For Whom The Bell Tolls', 'Alone' and 'This Is Where I Came In', although it has a much stricter policy for the recent tracks, excluding minor hits which would have been included based on their chart placing had they been released in the 1960s and 1970s. I have put that down to the fact that many of their recent hits were not as big in the US, so they gave less weight to those compared to songs that also scored in the US.

But none of the above would be enough for me to give this collection 5 stars, as most fans can buy these tracks on other albums.

What makes this album unique is the addition of several songs that the Bee Gees wrote and produced for other artists but had never recorded themselves. So we are treated to a new version of 'Emotion' (which they wrote for Samantha Sang' and was later made famous by Destiny's Child), 'Heartbreaker' (for Dionne Warwick), 'Islands In The Stream' (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton) and 'Immortality' (Celine Dion). 'Emotion' is a fine track, with Barry singing a punchy lead. Sadly 'Heartbreaker' sounds like a demo, and is a vastly inferior production when compared to Barry's original 1982 masterpiece. 'Islands In The Stream; is a soulful version sung by Robin to a up-to-date Maurice Gibb accompaniment. Sadly, when it gets to 'Immortality', the album sleeve does Barry a disservice by not describing this as a demo (which it genuinely is), as Barry's vocals are far too high and would have benefited from some more work.

When you add to this the fact that all the old recordings have been remastered, meaning they are noticeably crisper and clearer on this collection than they ever have been before, this album is a must have for everybody. And I mean everybody - fan or no fan!

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Where to Buy
Buy reissued version (released 2006)
Buy original CD (released 2001)
Buy Japanese import (released 2002)
Buy Australian import (released 2006)






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