Did the Bee Gees get too big too fast on their second run at fame? This compilation suggests the answer is yes; their early self-reinvention as a disco-soul act yielded fabulous singles like "Jive Talkin'" and the unstoppa... more »ble Saturday Night Fever trilogy of "How Deep Is Your Love," "Stayin' Alive," and "Night Fever," but by the end of the '70s the inspiration was gone. Bland follow-ups like "Too Much Heaven" and "Love You Inside Out" are at a minimum here, though, making Greatest for the most part an honorable alternative to the SNF soundtrack, should you want one. --Rickey Wright« less
Did the Bee Gees get too big too fast on their second run at fame? This compilation suggests the answer is yes; their early self-reinvention as a disco-soul act yielded fabulous singles like "Jive Talkin'" and the unstoppable Saturday Night Fever trilogy of "How Deep Is Your Love," "Stayin' Alive," and "Night Fever," but by the end of the '70s the inspiration was gone. Bland follow-ups like "Too Much Heaven" and "Love You Inside Out" are at a minimum here, though, making Greatest for the most part an honorable alternative to the SNF soundtrack, should you want one. --Rickey Wright
This is a great album. I was around when they first came out and I still enjoy
the sound today. Several songs were included in the movie "Staying Alive". This
is music that will never go out of style.
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Susan H. from MURRYSVILLE, PA Reviewed on 5/9/2009...
Although this is listed a Bee Gee Greatest, there is nothing from the early years. So, if you are looking for "Jive Talking" and later works, this is the set for you. If, on the other hand you are looking for "Mining Disaster" you will not find that era of song in this collection.
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Amazing Collection -- But Now Outdated
Westley | Stuck in my head | 11/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Bee Gees started the second phase of their extraordinary careers with 1975s stellar "Jive Talkin'" (#1 for 2 weeks in 1975) a song that heralded the beginning of their rule as disco masters. They continued their ascent with the equally danceable "You Should Be Dancing" (#1 for 1 week in 1976) and peaked a few years later with their trio of #1 hits from "Saturday Night Fever" - "How Deep Is Your Love" (#1 for 3 weeks in 1977), "Stayin' Alive" (#1 for 4 weeks in 1978), and "Night Fever" (#1 for 8 weeks in 1978). The brothers managed to stay on top of the music world with their next CD, "Spirits Having Flown," which yielded 3 more #1 hits - "Too Much Heaven" (#1 for 2 weeks in 1979), "Tragedy" (#1 for 2 weeks in 1979), and "Love You Inside Out" (#1 for 1 week in 1979).
"Greatest" was released in 1979, on the heels of this phenomenal late 70s success. In addition to these great #1 songs, the set includes their two other Top 10s from the period - "Nights on Broadway" (#7 in 1975) and "Love So Right" (#3 in 1976). One of my favorite songs here is "Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)" which only went to #12 in 1976 but is a beautiful ballad worthy of greater attention. The Bee Gees were so huge at the time that they even managed to score a hit on the country chart: "Rest Your Love on Me," the b-side of "Too Much Heaven," peaked at #39 in 1979.
I also really enjoy the non-hits, some of which were singles for others. "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away," for example, peaked at #9 in 1978 for their brother, Andy Gibb. In addition, two other songs from "Saturday Night Fever" are included: "If I Can't Have You" (#1 for 1 week in 1978 for Yvonne Elliman) and "More Than a Woman" (#32 in 1978 for Tavares). I particularly like "If I Can't Have You": their version adds some fantastic urgency to the lyrics - a really great song. Finally, some top-notch album cuts are here: "Love Me," "You Stepped Into My Life," and "Children of the World" (from 1976's "Children of the World"); "Spirits (Having Flown)" (from 1979's "Spirits Having Flown"); "Wind of Change (from 1975's "Main Course"). I'm really surprised that "Love Me" was never released as a single, as it sounds like a sure-fire hit.
I really love "Greatest," and the Bee Gees have been enjoying a critical and popular rediscovery in recent years; they were even inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. This collection, however, has gone out of print and been replaced by the subsequent "The Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record," a 2-disc set with 40 songs. That collection comprises hits from their entire career, from "New York Mining Disaster" (#14 in 1967) to "Alone" (#28 in 1997). However, "Greatest" is much more focused on their disco era success and thus sounds very cohesive.
The best Bee Gees Greatest Hits collection ever!
The Groove | 06/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"An excellent disco era faze collection with two great double CD's has all the brothers Gibb Barry, Maurice and Robin. Boogie classics style funky music hits ever. Like songs they sing are highlighted with "Staying Alive", "How Deep Is Your Love", "You Should Be Dancing" and "More Than A Woman" from the Saturday Night Fever movie soundtrack phenomenon trilogy. These were most popular tunes that I remember back then from the past. Again the best works compilation disc ever included with 20 song tracks in this Bee Gees mid seventies CD right here!"
Bee Gees - the Glory Years.
The Groove | Boston, MA | 01/16/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Bee Gees would have been hailed as the second coming of the Beatles if the public weren't so quick to peg them as a disco band. Their "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack proved to be both a blessing and a curse for the trio-turned-duo, who hit pay dirt in the late seventies with signature dance hits like "Night Fever," "Staying Alive," and "More Than a Woman." While that soundtrack gave them international fame, they never really lived down their reputation as "that disco group." But if you strip their songs of their dance-heavy production, you will find killer hooks, above-average lyrics, and expertly crafted pop songs that rival anything by their rock peers. This hits collection compiles the band's era from 1975-79, and while it does feature the above mentioned "SNF" tracks, there are also other gems such as the underrated love song "You Stepped Into My Life" and the near-perfect "Tragedy." There's a more recent double disc set available, but I prefer "Greatest" because it compiles the group's work from 1975-79 more comprehensively. So if the Brothers Gibb still conjures up images of disco cheese, you owe it to yourself to give these two discs a spin and listen closer with an open mind."
Shh! Don't tell, but I love the Bee Gees!
Carol Weber | Washington | 02/06/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It took me over two decades to realize the inevitable: The Bee Gees are timeless classics. In every hit song, even the falsettos I once found repulsive, sleazy and embarrassing. Yet, I still listened anyway. Okay, not every hit hit me favorably. But most in this two-CD collection did. Taking me back to my teen years, lovingly, nostalgically, surprisingly--willingly.What struck me best, the band's lush string-prominent arrangements. Those were the days when music truly mattered, when real live musicians played real live instruments in the studio. None of this synthesized computerized jazz. Believe me, it makes a difference. It adds layers, dimensions, depth to songs, even those that are simply two-minute ditties.The lushness is most noticeable in the Broadway," "How Deep Is Your Love?," "Fanny," and "Love So Right." Sweeping romantic melodies leaving me weak in the knees because they epitomize what a man would sing to a woman if he allowed his insides out. It's hard not to fall in love with the stories in each of these songs. The music supports the sentiment...of love lost but fought for with open vulnerability.Whether they're acoustic or electric, pop or funk, the Bee Gees know how to mold any instrument, any genre to their own distinctively hypnotic soothing yet groove-filled style. The groove, as in "Jive Talkin'" and "You Should Be Dancing," is infectious. I was sitting at work the other day listening to my Walkman, bopping up and down in my chair, feeling slick, snazzy and sexy somehow. I either want to dance in the rain with my dream lover or boogie on a beach. Or stand there while he kneels before me begging for my hand in marriage. With the Bee Gees soundtrack filling the air, filling our every pore.Their blend of tragic hunger in the lyrics juxtaposed against a backdrop of sweeping, lush, orchestral melodic genius draws me in. Or they just rock my butt off. And hey, they're not always just high-pitched for any ole reason. These guys can sing various octaves to changing intended effect. When it calls for a deeper bass background to match a particular mood introduced by a pause, in "Fanny," the voice goes there. When it calls for harmonizing to parallel the violins in a stunning stand out, the voices go there. Every sound makes sense and bring forth complexity hard to easily fathom. Hard because it sounds so effortlessly simple. The key is in their expert phrasing; they know when to hook you and how.Sometimes the effort fails, falling into trite cornball. I offer up, "Too Much Heaven," which sounds just like a bunch of wailing around by wimps. But mostly in this "Greatest" CD, it succeeds.Is it possible to listen to "Nights On Broadway" for eight hours straight without stopping? I almost forgot how cool this song was. And the band."