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Their Greatest Hits: The Record
Bee Gees-Their Greatest Hits-The Record
Details

Album Type

Greatest Hits

Released

20th November 2001

Recorded

June 1966 – May 2000

Length

150:27

Label

Polydor

Producer

Bee Gees, various

V - E - T - D


Their Greatest Hits: The Record is the career retrospective greatest hits album by the Bee Gees, released on UTV Records and Polydor in November 2001 as HDCD. The album includes 40 tracks spanning over 35 years of music. Four of the songs were new recordings of classic Gibb compositions originally recorded by other artists, including "Emotion" (Samantha Sang), "Heartbreaker" (Dionne Warwick), "Islands In The Stream" (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton), and "Immortality" (Celine Dion). It also features the Barry Gibb duet with Barbra Streisand, "Guilty", which originally appeared on Streisand's 1980 album of the same name. It is currently out of print and has been supplanted by another compilation, The Ultimate Bee Gees.

The album peaked at #5 twice in the UK, the first time upon its release in 2001 and again in January 2003 (following the death of Maurice Gibb). It has since been certified triple platinum by the BPI for sales of over 900,000 copies.

In the US, the album debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart at #49. It spent a total of 40 weeks on the chart and was certified platinum by the RIAA in February 2002 for sales of over one million copies there.

There are two bonus songs on the Japanese release, "Melody Fair" and "My World". Also there are two bonus songs on the UK release, "Jumbo" and "My World". Copies sold at the American retailer Target included a bonus disc entitled 5 Live Recordings.

Song placementEdit

Most of the songs are in chronological order, except for the placement of "You Should Be Dancing," which was released before "Love So Right". Also, "Spicks And Specks," a song from 1966 ends Disc Two, which makes it something of a bonus track.

"Emotion" and "Heartbreaker" were recorded in 1994 as part of a Bee Gees compilation album called Love Songs which was never released. "Islands In The Stream" was recorded in 2001 with Robin singing lead in contemporary R&B sound rather than the more traditional arrangement like that heard on One Night Only, which had Barry singing lead (Barry did not perform vocals on this revised version). "Immortality" is the original writing demo from 1996, which includes Barry singing in high falsetto as a guide to Celine Dion who would go on to record the song in 1997.

The very first UK pressings used the wrong version of "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" with Barry singing the opening verse. A mastering fault was also present in "More Than a Woman", with the audio noticeably dipping to the right briefly during the first verse. These were corrected after several thousand copies had already been distributed.

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb, except as indicated. ** Only appears in Japan Bonus Tracks version.

Disc oneEdit

  1. "New York Mining Disaster 1941" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb) – 2:12
  2. "To Love Somebody" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb) – 3:02
  3. "Holiday" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb) – 2:55
  4. "Massachusetts" – 2:25
  5. "World" – 3:16
  6. "Words" – 3:17
  7. "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" – 2:52
  8. "I Started a Joke" – 3:09
  9. "First of May" – 2:50
  10. "Melody Fair" – 3:48 ** Jumbo - 2.50 in UK
  11. "Saved by the Bell" (Robin Gibb) – 3:08
  12. "Don't Forget to Remember" (Barry Gibb/Maurice Gibb) – 3:29
  13. "Lonely Days" – 3:48
  14. "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb) – 3:59
  15. "My World" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb) – 4:22 **
  16. "Run to Me" – 3:13
  17. "Jive Talkin'" – 3:46
  18. "Nights on Broadway" – 4:36
  19. "Fanny (Be Tender with My Love)" – 4:04
  20. "Love So Right" – 3:37
  21. "If I Can't Have You" – 3:22
  22. "Love Me" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb) – 4:04
  23. "You Should Be Dancing" – 4:15

Disc twoEdit

  1. "Stayin' Alive" – 4:47
  2. "How Deep Is Your Love" – 4:03
  3. "Night Fever" – 3:31
  4. "More Than a Woman" – 3:17
  5. "Emotion" (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb) – 4:03
  6. "Too Much Heaven" – 4:57
  7. "Tragedy" – 5:03
  8. "Love You Inside Out" – 4:11
  9. Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb - "Guilty" – 4:24
  10. "Heartbreaker" – 4:26
  11. "Islands in the Stream" – 4:22
  12. "You Win Again" – 4:04
  13. "One" – 4:56
  14. "Secret Love" – 3:36
  15. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" – 3:58
  16. "Alone" – 4:22
  17. "Immortality" – 4:15
  18. "This Is Where I Came In" – 4:00
  19. "Spicks and Specks" (Barry Gibb) – 2:51

Bonus Disc: 5 Live RecordingsEdit

  1. "Massachusetts" – 2:42
  2. "To Love Somebody" – 2:52
  3. "Jive Talkin'" – 4:35
  4. "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" – 3:38
  5. "How Deep Is Your Love" – 3:59

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