Saturday Night Fever [Remastered]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Every so often, a piece of music comes along that defines a moment in popular culture history: Johann Strauss' operetta Die Fledermaus did this in Vienna in the 1870s; Jerome Kern's Show Boat did it for Broadway musicals of the 1920s; and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album served this purpose for the era of psychedelic music in the 1960s. Saturday Night Fever, although hardly as prodigious an artistic achievement as those precursors, was precisely that kind of musical phenomenon for the second half of the '70s -- ironically, at the time before its release, the disco boom had seemingly run its course, primarily in Europe, and was confined mostly to black...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Every so often, a piece of music comes along that defines a moment in popular culture history: Johann Strauss' operetta Die Fledermaus did this in Vienna in the 1870s; Jerome Kern's Show Boat did it for Broadway musicals of the 1920s; and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album served this purpose for the era of psychedelic music in the 1960s. Saturday Night Fever, although hardly as prodigious an artistic achievement as those precursors, was precisely that kind of musical phenomenon for the second half of the '70s -- ironically, at the time before its release, the disco boom had seemingly run its course, primarily in Europe, and was confined mostly to black culture and the gay underground in America. Saturday Night Fever, as a movie and an album, and a brace of hit singles off of it, suddenly made disco explode into mainstream, working- and middle-class America with new immediacy and urgency, increasing its audience by five- or ten-fold overnight. The Bee Gees had written "Stayin' Alive" (then called "Saturday Night"), "Night Fever," "How Deep Is Your Love," "If I Can't Have You," and "More Than a Woman" for what would have been the follow-up album to Children of the World, and they might well have enjoyed platinum-record status with that proposed album. Instead, Robert Stigwood asked them in early 1977 to contribute songs to the soundtrack of a movie that he was financing, a low-budget picture called "Tribal Rites on a Saturday Night." More out of loyalty to him than any belief in the viability of the film, they obliged; the group's involvement even survived the decision by the original director, John Avildsen, that he didn't want their music in the film -- instead, Stigwood fired him and brought in the very talented but much more agreeable John Badham, the movie's title was changed to Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees' music stayed, and the result was the biggest-selling soundtrack album in history, a 25 million copy monster whose sales, even as a more expensive double-LP, dwarfed the multi-million units sold of Children of the World and Main Course. Strangely enough, for all of the fixation of the movie and its audience on dancing, the Bee Gees' new songs were weighted equally toward ethereal ballads, which may be one reason for the soundtrack album's appeal -- it delivers what its audience expects, plus a "bonus" in the form of the soaring, lyrical romantic numbers that were, as with most ventures by the Gibb Brothers in this area, virtually irresistible. Despite the presence of other artists, Saturday Night Fever is virtually indispensable as a Bee Gees album, not just for the presence of an array of songs that were hits in their own right -- and which became the de facto soundtrack to a half-decade of pop culture history -- but because it offered the Gibb Brothers as composers as well as artists, their work recorded by Yvonne Elliman ("If I Can't Have You"), and Tavares ("More Than a Woman"), and it placed their music alongside the work of Kool & the Gang and MFSB; in essence, the layout of the soundtrack release was the culmination of everything they'd been moving toward since the Mr. Natural album. Even the presence of David Shire's "Night on Disco Mountain" and "Salsation" and Walter Murphy's "A Fifth of Beethoven" don't hurt, because these set a mood and a surrounding ambience for the Bee Gees' material that makes it work even better. Heard on CD as 79 minutes of music, Saturday Night Fever comes off like an idealized commercial-free radio set of late-'70s dance music (and, in that regard, the decision to leave Rick Dees' "Disco Duck" off the soundtrack album was a good one for all concerned, except Dees). The album has been out several times on CD, including a Mobile Fidelity audiophile disc that's rarer than hen's teeth and 1995 remastered, newly annotated audiophile edition from Polydor. [Rhino issued a remastered edition in 2007.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227998332
  • Catalog Number: 162748
  • Sales rank: 8,811

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stayin' Alive (4:45)
  2. 2 How Deep Is Your Love (4:05)
  3. 3 Night Fever (3:33)
  4. 4 More Than a Woman (3:17)
  5. 5 If I Can't Have You (3:00)
  6. 6 A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy (3:03)
  7. 7 More Than a Woman - Tavares (3:17)
  8. 8 Manhattan Skyline (4:44)
  9. 9 Calypso Breakdown (7:51)
  10. 10 Night on Disco Mountain (5:12)
  11. 11 Open Sesame - Kool & the Gang (4:01)
  12. 12 Jive Talkin' (3:45)
  13. 13 You Should Be Dancing (4:17)
  14. 14 Boogie Shoes - KC & the Sunshine Band (2:17)
  15. 15 Salsation (3:50)
  16. 16 K-Jee - MFSB (4:13)
  17. 17 Disco Inferno - The Trammps (10:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bee Gees Primary Artist
Jerome Richardson Trumpet, Soloist
Robin Gibb Vocals
Ralph Grierson Keyboards
Walter Murphy Conductor
Eddie Cano Piano
Barry Gibb Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Mike Baird Drums
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Bob Bowles Guitar
Dennis Bryon Percussion, Drums
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Scott Edwards Bass
Steve Forman Percussion, Latin Percussion
James Gadson Drums
James Getzoff Concert Master
Maurice Gibb Bass, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Mitch Holder Guitar
Nathan Kaproff Conductor
Alan Kendall Guitar, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Joe Lala Percussion
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass
Marti McCall Background Vocals
Freddie Perren Synthesizer, Percussion
George "Chocolate" Perry Percussion
Emil Richards Percussion, Latin Percussion
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Julia Tillman Waters Background Vocals
Blue Weaver Synthesizer, Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Sonny Burke Piano, Keyboards
Chino Valdez Conga
Mark Stevens Drums
Bob Zimmitti Percussion, Timbales
Technical Credits
Bee Gees Producer, Audio Production
Bobby Martin Audio Production
Robin Gibb Composer
Walter Murphy Arranger, Composer
Wade Marcus Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Barry Gibb Composer
Albhy Galuten Producer, Audio Production
Ronald Bell Composer
Harry Wayne "K.C." Casey Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Richard Finch Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Harvey Fuqua Composer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Leroy Green Composer
Ron Kersey Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Arif Mardin Producer, Audio Production
Larry Miles Engineer
Freddie Perren Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Steve Pouliot Engineer
Karl Richardson Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
David Shire Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
Bill Oakes Producer, Audio Production
Bobby Martin Arranger, Producer
Broadway Eddie Audio Production
Ralph McDonald Producer, Audio Production
Thomas J. Walentino Producer, Audio Production
David Wallin Engineer
K.G. Productions Audio Production
W. Salter Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Still good music

    This is music that keeps coming back around. After I bought this I realized how often I was hearing the songs on the radio. A recent showing of the movie made me just have to have the cd.

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