Bee Gees Greatest -
CA 90069 - (Condition 80-85%) - 2LP Set
Bee Gees Greatest
is a greatest hits album by Australian pop/rock group, the Bee Gees. Released
by RSO Records in October 1979, the album is a retrospective of the group's
material from 1975 to 1979. A remastered and expanded version of the album
was released by Reprise Records in 2007.
original release was a double album, with album sleeves and labels featuring
pictures of each brother on the label and all three brothers on side four,
while each record sleeve was adorned with the Bee Gees Greatest logo. Side
one contains disco tracks featuring "Jive Talkin'", "Night
Fever", "Tragedy", "You Should Be Dancing" and
"Stayin' Alive". Side two contains ballads and featured "How
Deep Is Your Love", "Too Much Heaven", "Love So
Right", "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" and "Fanny
(Be Tender with My Love)". Side three consists of B-sides and album
tracks such as "If I Can't Have You", "You Stepped Into My
Life", "Love Me", "More Than a Woman" and "Rest
Your Love on Me". Side three also consists of songs that spawned cover
versions for other artists. Side four contains "Nights on
Broadway", "Spirits (Having Flown)", "Wind of
Change", "Love You Inside Out" and "Children of the
Top 40 charting singles, "Boogie Child" (#12) and "Edge of the
Universe (Live)" (#26) were omitted in favor of tracks that other
artists had hits with such as "Love Me" and "If I Can't Have
You" (Yvonne Elliman) and "You Stepped Into My Life" (Melba Moore
and Wayne Newton). Incidentally "Boogie Child" reached slightly
higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than Yvonne Elliman's version of "Love
Me" (#14), while Melba Moore's and Wayne Newton's recordings of
"You Stepped Into My Life" only peaked at 47 and 90, respectively,
in 1979. "Boogie Child" did appear in the box set Tales from the
Brothers Gibb, but it was again passed over on the double disc set Their
Greatest Hits: The Record from 2001.
was released on CD as a two disc set, but has since has been deleted
domestically with the release of The Record.
18 September 2007, Reprise Records released a remastered and expanded version
of Greatest. Many of the tracks on Greatest have been previously remastered,
but the album contain the first release for remastered versions of "You
Stepped Into My Life", "Rest Your Love on Me", "Wind of
Change", "Spirits (Having Flown)" and "Children of the
World". In addition, there are extended versions of "Stayin'
Alive" and an unreleased Bee Gees track, "Warm Ride", which
was written for the group Rare Earth. The song ended up being recorded by
brother Andy Gibb for his album After Dark.The re-release contains new mixes
of "You Should Be Dancing", "If I Can't Have You", "Night
Fever" and "More Than a Woman" and as a hidden track, a new
mix of "Stayin' Alive". Billboard's unofficial policy states an
album requires at least 33% new material to qualify as a new release; Bee
Gees Greatest contains about 28% new material, thus making it a re-issue.
Gees Greatest topped the Billboard album charts early in 1980, becoming their
third consecutive number one album. The re-issue of Bee Gees Greatest debuted
at No. 1 on Billboard's Pop Catalog charts for the week of 30 September 2007.
There was some question as to whether Billboard was going to treat this as a
new release or a re-issue. The set scanned over 20,000 copies for the week,
making it the 35th best selling album in the country, good enough to place in
Billboard's Top 40.