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The Ultimate Bee Gees

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Bee Gees 11/3/2009

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
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  1. # Song Length
  2. 1 You Should Be Dancing 4:15
  3. 2 Stayin' Alive 4:41
  4. 3 Jive Talkin' 3:42
  5. 4 Nights on Broadway 4:31
  6. 5 Tragedy 5:1
  7. 6 Night Fever 3:30
  8. 7 More Than a Woman 3:14
  9. 8 Fanny (Be Tender With My Love) 4:2
  10. 9 Spirits (Having Flown) 5:9
  11. 10 If I Can't Have You 3:18
  12. 11 Boogie Child 4:10
  13. 12 Love You Inside Out 4:9
  14. 13 You Win Again 3:58
  15. 14 One 4:51
  16. 15 Secret Love 3:30
  17. 16 Alone 4:47
  18. 17 Still Waters (Run Deep) 4:8
  19. 18 This is Where I Came In 4:53
  20. 19 Spicks and Specks 2:24
  21. 20 How Deep Is Your Love 4:1
  22. 21 To Love Somebody 2:58
  23. 22 Words 3:15
  24. 23 How Can You Mend A Broken Heart 3:54
  25. 24 Too Much Heaven 4:53
  26. 25 Emotion 3:36
  27. 26 Lonely Days 3:44
  28. 27 Run To Me 3:8
  29. 28 Love So Right 3:34
  30. 29 For Whom The Bell Tolls 3:54
  31. 30 I've Gotta Get A Message To You 3:0
  32. 31 New York Mining Disaster 1941 2:8
  33. 32 Massachusetts 2:19
  34. 33 I Started A Joke 3:6
  35. 34 World 3:14
  36. 35 First Of May 2:48
  37. 36 Holiday 2:52
  38. 37 Don't Forget To Remember 3:28
  39. 38 Islands In The Stream (Live at MGM Grand Las Vegas) 3:47
  40. 39 Heartbreaker (Live at MGM Grand Las Vegas) 1:5
  41. 40 Guilty (Live at MGM Grand Las Vegas) 2:21
  42. 1 How Deep is Your Love 4:2
  43. 2 To Love Somebody 3:0
  44. 3 Words 3:17
  45. 4 How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? 3:58
  46. 5 Too Much Heaven 4:55
  47. 6 Emotion 3:39
  48. 7 Lonely Days 3:47
  49. 8 Run to Me 3:12
  50. 9 Love So Right 3:37
  51. 10 For Whom the Bell Tolls 3:58
  52. 11 I've Gotta Get a Message to You 3:3
  53. 12 New York Mining Disaster 1941 2:10
  54. 13 Massachusetts 2:21
  55. 14 I Started a Joke 3:8
  56. 15 World 3:17
  57. 16 First of May 2:49
  58. 17 Holiday 2:55
  59. 18 Don't Forget to Remember 3:31
  60. 19 Islands in the Stream 3:46
  61. 20 Heartbreaker 1:5
  62. 21 Guilty 2:23
  63. 22 [Untitled Hidden Track] 4:45

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