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The Warner Bros. Years (1987-1991) Box set


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  • Audio CD (April 15 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B00IGAR5PE
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin A Hogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 9 2014
Format: Audio CD
This was a creative burst after seven years from the Bee Gees but it didn't end with 'High Civilization'. 'Size Isn't Everything' and 'Still Waters' continued that trend, but these are all Warner Brothers albums and have been in the pike for several years. Packed like the original album covers, the three studio albums are faithful in reproduction and the 'One For All' double disc is a great addition to this box set. The package comes with each CD in a cardboard folder similar to most releases using this format. Unfortunately, the liner notes that were on the other albums are not here; only the front and back covers. Personally, I love reading these notes, as there is so much great information there. You may want to hang onto your older CD's for this reason.

These albums were mixed well over 20 years ago and with the new remastering techniques, these albums are brought to life with a cleaner, crisper, fuller and warmer sound than before. There is no muddiness and it's great to actually hear hidden percussion and more clarity of the vocals. These are as good as it gets. (Note: Your system will determine how much better these discs sound. The MP3 versions are only 'slightly' better).

The 'ESP' album was the first official album to be released since, 'Living Eyes'. It is a extremely varied album with funk, pop, ballads and rock. The songs all hold well together and the extras are an oddity. No real unknown new songs and 'ESP' and 'Angela' get short-shrift as edits. The 'ESP' (demo) has been released before on 'Tales of the Brothers Gibb' and makes a nice addition here, giving clues to the song writing process. 'You Win Again' (extended) also had been released before, but it begs another reissue being such a great song.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
More Than You Could "Almost" Hope For! April 15 2014
By Martin A Hogan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was a creative burst after seven years from the Bee Gees but it didn't end with 'High Civilization'. 'Size Isn't Everything' and 'Still Waters' continued that trend, but these are all Warner Brothers albums and have been in the pike for several years. Packed like the original album covers, the three studio albums are faithful in reproduction and the 'One For All' double disc is a great addition to this box set. The package comes with each CD in a cardboard folder similar to most releases using this format. Unfortunately, the liner notes that were on the other albums are not here; only the front and back covers. Personally, I love reading these notes, as there is so much great information there. You may want to hang onto your older CD's for this reason.

These albums were mixed well over 20 years ago and with the new remastering techniques, these albums are brought to life with a cleaner, crisper, fuller and warmer sound than before. There is no muddiness and it's great to actually hear hidden percussion and more clarity of the vocals. These are as good as it gets. (Note: Your system will determine how much better these discs sound. The MP3 versions are only 'slightly' better).

The 'ESP' album was the first official album to be released since, 'Living Eyes'. It is a extremely varied album with funk, pop, ballads and rock. The songs all hold well together and the extras are an oddity. No real unknown new songs and 'ESP' and 'Angela' get short-shrift as edits. The 'ESP' (demo) has been released before on 'Tales of the Brothers Gibb' and makes a nice addition here, giving clues to the song writing process. 'You Win Again' (extended) also had been released before, but it begs another reissue being such a great song. The 'ESP' extended is also a nice addition, it being a very strong hard rock song that, bewilderingly, did not chart. 'The Longest Night' was due to be the third single release, but was held back. The album hit #5 in the UK but failed to chart in the USA. The inclusion of the duplicitous single edits of 'Angela' and 'ESP' make no sense when there are such great new mixes of 'ESP' from Arthur Baker: "E*S*P "Extra Sensory House" (Vocal), "E*S*P "E.S. Piano" (Dub), "E*S*P "E.S.P.N.R.G." (Vocal) and "E*S*P "Extra Energy" (Dub). These could have been squeezed into the full CD format instead.

'One' is a superb album with a lot of attention to detail and production. Several songs have little background nuances and effects that add to the mood and atmosphere. Released after the death of Andy Gibb, many of the songs have double meanings. 'Ordinary Lives' was originally called, 'Cruel World' and 'Wish you Were Here' was about Andy, but also included on the 'Diana Princess of Wales Tribute' album. The great thing about this album's new releases (none new or unheard before) are finally having 'Shape Of Things To Come' from the '1988 Olympics' album. The 'One' (remix/edit) is one minute less than the single, but is a funkier sync-pop version worth the listen. The 'One' Dance Version is similar with a good compelling dance beat. The 'One' Club Mix at over nine minutes is the most crisp and deliberate in ultimate club mix excess. It uses the vocals and basic song structure only as an excuse to create a fun new mix for any fan.

It's hard to believe there are no demos or other songs from the, 'High Civilization' album. This CD is very different in sound and style than the others. It's all digital and was mixed by Femi Jiya using a heavier use of drum programming and electronic effects. It has a clear and crisp sound, but the bass is lacking in weight. These are all upbeat songs and good ones, but the mixing is just unusual for the Bee Gees. However, with this remaster, you hear a more balanced, richer sound that makes these great songs sound even better. I still love, 'When He's Gone' and 'Evolution'. There is a 'war version' of 'High Civilization' out there, but I suspect it must be a bootleg, having sounds of the Gulf War in the background. It charted at #24 in the UK but not in the USA. Singles released were, 'Secret Love', which charted, but not, 'The Only Love' and 'When He's Gone', despite USA promotion.

The "One For All" tour is available on DVD, but with Barry Gibb and remastering genius John Merchant remastering this live set, it sounds so much better with all the nuances you'd expect from a great live concert. I like it better than the DVD in 'sound quality'. It's also great to have that fantastic introduction; one of the best the Bee Gees have ever done. The set is varied and includes, 'You Win Again', a #1 in the UK but a disappointment in the USA, barely making to top #100 on Billboard. The USA still had some issues to get over. The 'One For All' concert is so well mixed that it makes the DVD sound muddy, muffled and second generation in sound. Vocals are pushed to the front and instrumentals are extremely well separated for a fantastic new experience in sound. Not only can you hear the instruments, but you will be aware of individuals clapping and cheering - it's that well mixed. Unfortunately, unlike the DVD, these are in stereo only. They sound much better than the DVD, but lack the wonderful 5.1 surround sound.

This 5-disc box set is the second largest the Bee Gees have released to date, other than 'The Studio Albums'. 'Mythology' and 'Tales From The Brothers Gibb' still hold at four discs each. This 5-disc set is a welcome addition and gives hope that the other albums will be given similar treatment.

NOTE: For an idea of what the box set looks like when open, check the 'customer image' I posted.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
BARE BONES BEE GEES... DEFININTLY WORTH IT.. April 15 2014
By Psychedelic Good Trip - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This box set has been a beautiful listen. each cd 'Esp',' One', 'High Civilzation' sounds full of life than their original release. Nice remastering, Esp and One have extra tracks with One having a nice 12' dance version of One, an album highly influenced by than deceased brother Andy Gibb. The 'One For All Concert' makes this box set worth it. I was amazed at how smooth this concert sounded but the performances are incredible, amazing remastering.This 2 cd concert One for all is worth the price of admission. I won't go into each cd Mr Hogan has already done that so take his review seriously. I Hope "Size I'snt Everything" and 'Still Waters' get this kind of reissue treatment... Just a final word there is no book accompanying this small box set just 3 cds with replicated covers and for the first time release 'One For All Concert' make this box an essential purchase... It is just not as plentiful as the other bee gees box sets Studio albums, Mythology, Tales From the Brother Gibb. Add this to your Bee Gees arsenal..
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Go buy it....what are you waiting for? April 20 2014
By E. Parra - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This box set has the reissue of the three LP's made by the Bee Gees between 1987 to 1991. ESP, ONE and HIGH CIVILIZATION. These three albums have a lot of great songs with a total different sound comparing to the seventies and sixties. What is very important in this reissue is the remastering process did by Rhino. When Rhino put in the market the reissues of Bee Gees First, Horizontal, Idea and Odessa, all Bee Gees fans have great expectations on this new versions. The polydor cd's we have, had a very poor sound and we were crossing our fingers expecting and important improve in the quality of the sound, and Rhino fulfil all our expectations with an unbelievable and amazing new sound of these old records, the songs come alive again like never before. And trust me when I tell you the same happen here in this new box set, you will never listen again your old polydor cd's, the remastered process here, is without any doubt, as good as the remastering process made on the previous reissues. In fact I can assure you the remastered here is by far better than the remastered did in Mythology, is that good.
This box set also come with the 1989 concert in Australia, from their 1989 tour One For All, this cd deserves a commentary apart. I have this concert on DVD and in a bootleg cd and believe me this official cd sounds amazing, much better even than the DVD. This concert is a very special tour for all Bee Gees fans because you can find here no the same usually songs you find in other recompilations, this concert has many songs difficult to hear in their concert version like Giving Up The Ghost or Tokyo Nights. The quality sound on this remastered will blow you away, and the concert itself has a total different sound from the band.
So why 4 stars, well because the presentation of this box set is very modest, at least. I am gonna compare with the box set The Studio Albums 1967-1968. The remastering process of both box sets are wonderful, and the box set of the sixties Bee Gees albums come with a carefully presentation, very beautiful and delicate. Each album from that box set comes with a booklet with many amazing photos and commentaries from the Gibbs brothers, very cool. Well in Warner Bros Years box set, nothing of this comes, in fact the lp's replicas are very poorly made and no booklet at all.
I know, this is frustrating, especially the lack of demos or songs made by the brothers on those years but not included on the albums, is difficult to believe there is not a single song at least from the High Civilization period sessions.
Thats why I give it a 4 stars rating, this box set could be perfect if Rhino would take the same care for this box set as they did for The Studio Albums 1967-1968 or Odessa box set, but they don't, they fail on that by far.
On the other hand, trust me the remastered process are amazing and just to have the opportunity to listen songs like Tears, Angela, ESP, The Only Love, Flesh and Blood, Live or Die and many others with this new level of quality in the sound is worthy the investment. Hopefully the next box set will include 2 Years On, Trafalgar, Mr Natural and the lost album A Kick in the Head Is Worth Eight in the Pants.
So my recommendation is go buy it...what are you waiting for? You won't regret!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Could be so much more April 19 2014
By Marjorie M. Kulba - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
While I'm excited for ANY Bee Gees/Gibb material when it is re-issued or re-released, so much more could have been added to these fine albums. The album artwork is limited on this box set. The "bonus tracks" are nice, but most fans already have these. The addition of the "One For All" concert for the first time on CD is nice, but again, most fans have this in some form. What about tracks that haven't been issued from this terrific concert? What about unreleased tracks or alternative takes from these studio albums? You won't find them here. We can only hope that some day we will all be treated to some of those rare gems. Fans can only buy so many of these sort of re-issues.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nice Box set, but still wanting more. (Remastered) ??? April 20 2014
By Michael J. Sippie - Published on Amazon.com
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Like a lot of Bee Gee's fans and fans of this box set, improved sound and the addition to the Live 1989 concert. As us left us fans wanting more. Im not going into the Album reviews as most already have these in there individual CD edition.

First off, the packaging front sticker says that "High Civilization" has been remastered, but there is no mention of any of the other albums being remastered, but I can say I do hear a lot more punch and separation compared to the previous editions. During the late 80's alot of artist were using the electronic drums and top heavy sequenceing and syth sounds as heard in these recordings, High Civilization is a little less on that side. If anyone is able to locate information showing the other albums have been remastered, please post it. Interms of the bonus tracks, I can appreciate having additional tracks, but how many versions of 1 song (dance Mixes) do we need, I was looking for more demos or unheard recordings from those sessions. I too as many have mentioned, I enjoy the linear notes and booklets and information on an album. Where are the extra photos and extended linear notes on some of the stories during those recording sessions. A cardboard sleeve does not do a CD to much justice in the way of storing them, you can also easily scratch them every time you remove them. So I had to buy additional jewel cases for storage. The Live concert is what I am sure is what attracted those to buy this, getting the remixing and remastering treatment is a nice addition to this concert. How about a Bluray or DVD of the concert also given the delux treatment. I can go on a on, as fans we are never happy we always want more or this track or that track would've made it better, but that is why we are fans. Warner/Reprise records never really gives to many of there popular artists the delux treatment or reissues of there catalogue, WB started the Warner remasters and that stopped after just a few artist, only Madonna got bonus cuts and they were 12" dance mixes as well. Not sure why labels don't poll the fans and see what they want since the fans are the ones buying the product. Maybe this box set will see more of the Bee Gees catalogue get an update, I myself is waiting for Main Course and love to get the extended edition of You Should Be Dancing on a album and not have to buy another box set to get it. I like longer versons of songs without the added production, just the exact sounding song, longer...Peace, Mike S.

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