November 03, 2009

Album Review

Functioning as something of a replacement for the 2001 collection Their Greatest Hits: The Record, The Ultimate Bee Gees covers much of the same ground as that double-disc set, albeit in not quite so linear a fashion. The Record marched through its 40 tracks chronologically, opening with the stately baroque Beatlesque pop of the '60s and then winding through the '70s, whereas this opens with the bright, fabulous blast of "You Should Be Dancing" and remains in their late-'70s heyday for a while before fast-forwarding to such latter-day adult contemporary hits as "One." We don't get to "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and "I Started a Joke" until halfway through the second disc, and this jumbled, almost haphazard sequencing is a little disconcerting since it appears to follow no true rhyme or reason. Nevertheless, scattershot is still plenty entertaining when the music is as good as this, and this does have all the Bee Gees' big hits, plus live versions of songs they gave to others, so it's a good, swift way to get all this stuff at once -- at least for those who don't already have The Record or some other Bee Gees hits collection.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. You Should Be Dancing
  2. Stayin' Alive
  3. Jive Talkin'
  4. Nights On Broadway
  5. Tragedy
  6. Night Fever
  7. More Than a Woman
  8. Fanny (Be Tender With My Love)
  9. Spirits Having Flown
  10. If I Can't Have You
  11. Boogie Child
  12. Love You Inside Out
  13. You Win Again
  14. One
  15. Secret Love
  16. Alone
  17. Still Waters (Run Deep)
  18. This Is Where I Came In
  19. Spicks and Specks (Live)
  20. How Deep Is Your Love
  21. To Love Somebody
  22. Words
  23. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
  24. Too Much Heaven
  25. Emotion
  26. Lonely Days
  27. Run to Me
  28. Love So Right
  29. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  30. I've Gotta Get a Message to You
  31. New York Mining Disaster 1941
  32. Massachusetts
  33. I Started a Joke
  34. World
  35. First of May
  36. Holiday
  37. Don't Forget to Remember
  38. Islands In the Stream (Live At MGM Grand Las Vegas)
  39. Heartbreaker (Live At MGM Grand Las Vegas)
  40. Guilty (Live At MGM Grand Las Vegas)
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