by Nicholas James
There have been several compilations of Bee
Gees music in recent years.
Greatest Hits in 2001 on Universal
was a worthy package, bringing all their
hits together into one double CD package.
Then in 2004 we had yet another compilation
from Universal (Number
Ones), featuring essentially the
same songs on one disc, albeit only the
number ones. Now, only one year later,
Universal now release Love Songs. You would
be forgiven for asking, "What's the point?"
Well, there is a little bit of a point this
time. OK, the cover is naff. And, yes, it is
essentially another variation of the same
songs featured on the
Greatest Hits album. But on this
album, we get the previously unreleased 1999
track Lovers and Friends, originally
intended for a Ronan Keating album. Also
welcome is Robin Gibb's superlative
But that is it, I am afraid. Fans will want
to buy it for the bonus track. I can see
very little reason why anybody else would
wish to invest in this somewhat pointless
compilation, unless they are yet to discover
the Gibb Brothers' music (yes, there may be
people that fall into that category,
unbelievable as it may seem!). But I have
given it four stars because you can't deny
that the guys write the best love songs (and
because of the bonus track, which is a nice
Following Barry Gibb's excellent
album and Robin Gibb's drift into the golden
oldies market, this album should mark a
turning point. A point at which the two
brothers look to a future of new music and
new directions, instead of endless
compilations of old songs. This reviewer
certainly has no appetite for another
compilation of Bee Gees hits, nor any
further reworkings of old tracks from Robin.
Come on, guys. Give us something new.
Why Buy Love Songs?
For the bonus track, Lovers and Friends. No