CD Review: Bee Gees

Bee Gees
The Ultimate Bee Gees
Rhino
By David Chiu

With the exception of a few tracks and the inclusion of a DVD featuring performance and music video clips, this latest Bee Gees’ compilation doesn’t depart much from the 2001 hits collection The Record. Still, what makes Ultimate special is that it comes on the heels of the Brothers Gibb’s 50th anniversary as a music act. Die-hard fans may quibble about a personal favorite that is not on here but this anthology pretty much covers the gamut of the trio’s three distinct phases: the late ‘60s/early ‘70s romantic ballad period (“To Love Somebody,” “Words,” “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”); the massively popular mid-‘70s disco era (“Staying Alive,” “Night Fever,” “Jive Talkin’”); and their comeback starting in 1987 (“Alone,” “One,” “You Win Again”). This satisfying hits set of great pop hits should whet the appetite for both fervent and casual fans.

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