Tales from the Brothers Gibb: A History in Song 1967-1990. A comprehensive box set composed of A-sides from the Bee Gees' singles, non LP sides, and formerly mono-only tunes in stereo for the first time. There's also some material from the 1973 unreleased album A KICK IN THE HEAD IS WORTH EIGHT IN THE PANTS, some solo material from 1970 and the mid-80's, and 4 tracks of recent Warner Brothers material. The Bee Gees: Maurice Gibb (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion); Barry Gibb (vocals, guitar); Robin Gibb (vocals). Additional personnel includes: Alan Kendall, Tim Cansfield (guitar); Vic Martin, Gary Moberley (keyboards); George Perry (bass); Michael Murphy (drums); Phyllis St. James (percussion, backround vocals); Tampa Murphy, Linda Harmon (backround vocals). Producers include: Bee Gees, Robert Stigwood, Arif Mardin, Karl Richardson, Albhy Galuten. Compilation producer: Barry Levinson. Recorded between 1967 and 1990. Includes liner notes by David Wild. Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot. It's difficult to quibble with the song selection on this generous four-disc box. All the phases of the trio's career are covered, and nearly all the highlights of each phase are presented. TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GIBB includes material from the Bee Gees' earliest days, as teenage, pre-Beatles pop purveyors ("Spicks and Specks") as well as their glorious, Beatles-influenced Britpop period ("First of May," "And the Sun Will Shine"). The group's often-overlooked early-to-mid-'70s work is also admirably documented here ("Charade," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart"), and of course, their white-polyester-suited disco kings phase ("Stayin' Alive," "Night Fever"). Admittedly, all but the hardiest fan's attention may wander during the fourth disc, but the group's post-disco material merely finds them practicing their seamless popcraft amid the production values of the day, just as they've always done. Such latter-day tracks as "One" yield a pleasure that is particular to the evanescent but undeniable magic of the Brothers Gibb. This thoughtful collection is recommended to anyone interested in delving deeply into the catalog of this chameleon-like, endlessly inventive group.
4 cds/1967-1990: Contains All The Hits And More!