A rapturous if occasionally frustrating experience, Bee Gees: Live by Request
is the video release of a program that originally aired on cable television's A&E channel. While the brothers Gibb are more than happy to shake out a few numbers from their May 2001 album, This Is Where I Came In
, the centerpiece of the show is a somewhat tiresome gimmick that finds the trio taking song requests via phone from excited fans who often chew up valuable time with rambling reminiscences. Still, the pop legends are able to lay out lush, highly polished versions of "I Started a Joke," "Jive Talkin'," and "How Deep Is Your Love," while short-changing other gems from the Bee Gees catalog in a throwaway medley. A visibly thrilled audience certainly enhances the fun, but this is really a show for the group's diehard (and most patient) fans. --Tom Keogh
Celebrating 35 years of hitmaking, the Bee Gees take the stage in New York City with host Mark McEwen taking the requests as Barry, Maurice and Robin play your favorite songs from the last four decades. From A&E's popular "Live By Request" music series, the brothers Gibb perform five new classics and over a dozen all-time favorites in this unique, intimate concert captured in glorious surround sound. Songs: This Is Where I Came In, She Keeps on Coming, Sacred Trust, Man in the Middle, Massachusetts, To Love Somebody, I Started a Joke, Jive Talkin', How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Gotta Get a Message To You, Acoustic Medley: New York Mining Disaster/Run to Me/Too Much Heaven/Islands in the Stream/Holiday/A Woman in Love/Guilty/Nights on Broadway, Wedding Day, Lonely Days, How Deep Is Your Love, You Should Be Dancin'.