By David Chiu
After a period that saw them achieving initial success as balladeers, then followed by a creative and commercial rut, the Bee Gees reemerged in the mid-1970s as disco kings.. Greatest documents the Brothers Gibb’s most popular phase in their career highlighted by the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. It began in 1975 when the brothers worked with producer Arif Mardin on the Main Course album that yielded “Nights on Broadway” and “Jive Talkin’.” Working in Miami was conducive to the brothers as they continued with more disco-inflected tracks like You Should Be Dancing as well their ballads like the gorgeous “Love So Right.” With their contributions to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977, the Bee Gees became a household name and hit the trifecta with the singles “Stayin’ Alive,” “How Deep Is Your Love,” and the brilliant “Night Fever.” Songs from Spirits Having Flown (“Tragedy,” “Too Much Heaven”) gave the Bee Gees their last major U.S. hits but the act’s legacy was already assured. The reissue of Greatest contains a previously unreleased track from the era, “Warm Ride,” and several bonus remixes.
Watch videos of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive” and “Night Fever”: