Sunday, January 28, 2018

REVIEW: The Bee Gees - One For All - Live In Australia, 1989 Concert DVD


I just had the chance to sneak preview the brand new BluRay / DVD "The Bee Gees - One For All Tour - Live In Australia, 1989," coming out on February 2nd on Eagle Rock Entertainment Home Video.

Recorded live in Melbourne, Australia, at The National Tennis Centre in November of 1989, this fully restored video (with newly mixed and mastered surround sound) provides a great chance to see one of the most popular and prolific bands of our generation performing together, live in concert, to a very receptive and appreciative audience … a well-received homecoming of sorts.

All three Gibb brothers are there (and at one point pay tribute to their late  brother Andy by performing "How Deep Is Your Love") … and they look and sound as good as ever … all still young and healthy and in fine voice as they run through nearly thirty of their best-known hits.  (Watching this, it's hard to believe that this concert took place nearly thirty years ago … you just don't realize how fast the time has gone until you watch something like this and receive a good reality check!)

That's not to say that there aren't a few surprises in the set list.  They open with a couple of unexpected non-hit tunes … "Ordinary Lives" and "Giving Up The Ghost" … not what one would expect as "audience grabbers" from the git-go.  After performing a couple of their early hits ("To Love Somebody" and "I've Gotta Get A Message To You") they jump into a couple of songs from their then brand-new album "One," featuring the title track (which I've always felt should have been MAJOR hit) and "Tokyo Nights."  A couple more tracks from the new album are featured later in the set.

In between, we're treated to their incredible harmonies on long-time Bee Gees favorites like "Words," "New York Mining Disaster, 1941," "Holiday," "Too Much Heaven," "Run To Me," "World," "Spicks And Specks," "Lonely Days," "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart," "I Started A Joke," "Massachusetts," "Stayin' Alive," "Nights On Broadway," "Jive Talkin'" and "You Should Be Dancing," as well as snippets of songs they wrote for other artists like "Heartbreaker" (Dionne Warwick) and "Islands In The Stream" (Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton).

I have to admit that the lighting for the show is pretty dark and many of the stage shots are often taken from a bit of a distance, which make the close-ups that much more enjoyable.

Still, it's all about the music and you won't find much better craftsmen than The Brothers Gibb.

Good song selection … good concert … and a nice addition to any music video library.

Available February 2nd … and just twelve bucks from …