by Nicholas James
In 2001, Polydor/Universal Music released
the definitive Bee Gees retrospective
Greatest Hits - The Record. It was a
great success, it presented all their major
hits in glorious remastered sound, and threw
in a few new recordings for good measure. So
why, in 2004, just three years later, did
the same company release another
compilation, this time less complete?
With the exception of 'Man In The Middle', a
song co-written, produced and sung by
Maurice Gibb from the album
Where I Came In (included - quite
rightly - as a tribute to the great man),
every other song is featured on the 2001
collection. They even have the audacity to
include two 'bonus tracks' ('Islands In The
Stream' and the demo of 'Immortality') that
were also released for he first time on
Greatest Hits - The Record.
Given that the far superior 2001 collection
is still available (albeit only on import at
the time of writing), that is a much better
buy than this. Taken alone, this album does
what it says on the tin, but many of the Bee
Gees best hits didn't make number one. I
suppose that this album is a cheaper option
Their Greatest Hits - The Record,
and that is all there is to commend it.
Of course, with a collection of songs as
good as this, it may be pointless, but I
would have to be tone deaf to give it any
less than 3 stars!
Why Buy Number Ones?
Don't. Buy the far superior and definitive
Greatest Hits - The Record instead!