Additional personnel: Andy Gibb, Celine Dion, Frankie Valli (vocals); Stephen Gibb, Alan Kendall (guitar); Ben Stivers (keyboards); Matt Bonelli (bass); Steve Rucker (drums, percussion).
Recorded live at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada on November 14, 1997.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
This aural document of the 1998 concert that was broadcast exclusively on HBO serves double duty as a career resume for the Gibb brothers. The trio may be a little long in the tooth, and the top end of Barry's Aussie-soul-man falsetto may have lost a bit, but the group's trademark harmonies are still up to snuff. They wisely forgo any attempt at heady "artistic statements" in favor of that time-honored practice, playing the hits. By the '90s, the Bee Gees had attained "survivor" status, so just showing up was enough to endear them to the assembled faithful. Fortunately for listeners, the band's songs (the selection runs from the '60s through the '90s) stand the test of time quite well, and the Gibbs are still showmen enough to put their compositions across with a genuine sense of excitement. The concert being the media event it was, fans will likely forgive their heroes for the Celine Dion guest appearance.
What the critics say...
Entertainment Weekly (11/27/98, p.84) - "...Thirty-six years on, the Bee Gees--castrati moments aside--look and sound great." - Rating: B+
|1.||Intro / You Should Be Dancing / Alone|
|3.||To Love Somebody|
|5.||Closer Than Close|
|6.||Islands In The Stream - (previously unreleased)|
|7.||Our Love (Don't Throw It All Away) - (previously unreleased, with Andy Gibb)|
|8.||Night Fever / More Than A Woman|
|10.||New York Mining Disaster 1941|
|11.||I Can't See Nobody|
|12.||And The Sun Will Shine|
|13.||Nights On Broadway|
|14.||How Can You Mend A Broken Heart|
|15.||Heartbreaker - (previously unreleased)|
|16.||Guilty - (previously unreleased)|
|17.||Immortality - (previously unreleased, featuring Celine Dion)|
|19.||I Started A Joke|
|20.||Grease - (previously unreleased)|
|22.||How Deep Is Your Love|
|24.||You Should Be Dancing|
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