Robin Gibb / Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt

Live [DVD]

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This performance from Frankfurt, Germany, in the wake of the tour behind the release of the Magnet album, is the first substantial release from the Bee Gees camp since the death of Maurice Gibb in early 2004. Backed by the Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt Orchestra and a full band plus a coterie of backup singers -- making a contingent of musicians sufficient to pack the stage at Carnegie Hall -- Robin Gibb goes through his entire repertoire, from the Bee Gees' first British single, "New York Mining Disaster 1941," to his latest recording, "Please." The picture and audio quality are both excellent and the camera keeps moving and busy enough so that it's always a pleasure watching the quick cutting and the varied angles and approaches to the songs (often keyed to the tempos), and the performance is impeccable. It's not quite the same -- or as interesting -- as watching the Bee Gees on-stage, but it will more than suffice for a lot of fans, and the lone Gibb brother acquits himself exceptionally well as a solo act. The sound has also been mastered at a nice, healthy volume level, and the concert is appended in the bonus section with a live performance of "Emotion." The bonus section also includes an extended interview with Robin Gibb in which he discusses his home -- this portion seems like it was done for Architectural Digest -- and his songwriting. The menu pops up automatically on start-up and includes options for Dolby 5.1 Digital Surround, as well as basic digital stereo.

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