Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision’s newly re-issued presentation of Bee Gees: One Night Only is another impressive recording from the two companies. It is an impressive tribute to the memory of both Andy and Maurice Gibbs. Audiences will appreciate this re-issue, which comes nearly a decade after its original release. That take on the classic concert was also released by Eagle Rock Entertainment. This latest re-issue boasts more than thirty songs spanning the group’s four-decade long career together. There are those that have come down on Eagle Rock for this re-issue for being little more than a standard definition recording on a Blu-ray disc, thus making it not so much a real Blu-ray presentation. But there is a chance that the previous DVD release might now be out of print. Keeping that in mind, the upconverted footage looks as good as any performance originally recorded in high definition. It sounds just as good, too. If one takes this and the recording’s factors (I.E. guest performers and set list), one will end up agreeing that One Night Only is just as impressive in its re-issue as it was in its original DVD release was back in 2003.
One Night Only was originally recorded in 1997, only months before the death of Andy Gibb, brother to Maurice, Robin, and Maurice. It would be another eight years before Maurice would join his brother. So seeing all four brothers on stage at the same time in what was the Bee Gees’ only live show of that year (and first U.S. show in nearly a decade) made the performance all the more special of an experience. The guest vocals by not just Andy Gibbs, but also by guest star Celine Dion also add their own charm to the already enjoyable show even more enjoyable. And that the group would offers its audience at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas a definitive career-spanning performance puts the performance over the top. Thirty-plus songs that span four decades is incredible. Not many bands or performers can say that they had been around as long as the Bee Gees at the time of this recording. And still few can say that even today. The only band that can boast such an accomplishment at this point is perhaps The Rolling Stones.
It’s easy to just say of One Night Only how impressive it is because it covers so much of the Bee Gees’ career at that point. Going into even more depth, the brothers and their band kick things off with a bang of sorts in the upbeat ‘You Should Be Dancing.’ Whether one is new to the music of the Bee Gees or not, this song is sure to get any viewer up off of their living room or bedroom furniture and dancing right in time. From there the group pulls things back for a bit with a handful of touching ballads in the form of ‘Alone’, ‘Massachusetts’, and ‘To Love Somebody.’ The band as a whole balances its more upbeat sound with more reserved pieces throughout the course of its near two and a half hour performance. The emotion of the pieces performed proves to the more uninitiated that this musical family was about more than just disco. It shows to newer audiences just how talented the group was. Of course, those that are more familiar with the band’s sound already knew that.
The expertly balanced set list and the general performance of the Bee Gees in this now modern classic performance work together to make One Night Only an excellent addition to the home library of any Bee Gees fan. In response to those that have criticized it for being just a standard def show upconverted onto Blu-ray, one must keep in mind that Eagle Rock’s previous release of One Night Only/The Real Story might be out of print at this point. Knowing what is known today about the ability of Blu-ray players to upconvert DVDs in playing them, the overall presentation (both in terms of video and audio) is just as clear as it would have looked had it originally been recorded in high definition. And those lucky enough to own surround sound systems will attest to this, too. Would it have been interesting to see a show recorded in full HD? Most certainly it would have. But this recording is no less impressive in place of such a recording. It is the final piece of the puzzle that makes this entire presentation whole and a must have for any fan of these legendary brothers. It is available now in stores and online. More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eagle-rock.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt.
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