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Japanese ”Ultimate" will come out again in October

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"Ultimate Bee Gees" will come out in October in Japan

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"The Ultimate Best of Bee Gees" will come out in Japan on October 17, 2018 as part of UMJ's campaign  to celebrate the "SNF" 40th anniversary in Japan.

The two-disc set with 41 tracks (with 'Melody Fair' included as the bonus track for the Japanese edition) is getting ready for re-release under UMJ; right now, we are busy working on the new accompanying booklet.

This is bittersweet because this website Bee Gees Days was set up in November 2009 in time for the Japanese release of the original "Ultimate" under Warner Music, with special support from Robin.   One of the very first articles in our News section (in Japanese) was about "Ultimate."  That was nine years ago and a lot of things, some extremely sad, have happened during the years that passed.  But as Sir Tim Rice wrote in the essay for "Ultimate," "Within this package is a collection of performances and songs that very few practitioners of popular music of the past could match for quality, originality, and emotion.  It's the singing, the harmonies, the arrrangements, the sound, the rivalry, the love, the intelligence, the determination, but above all, it's the songs."  Also, this new edition will come out in SHM-CD.

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Universal Music Japan commemorates the 40th Anniversary of "Saturday Night Fever" with BGs-related releases

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Universal Music Japan celebrates the 40th Anniversary
of "Saturday Night Fever" in Japan

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As reported earlier, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of the film "Saturday Night Fever" in Japan, Universal Music Japan brought out three Bee Gees-related released on July 11.

In the picture on the right, clockwork from top right: Special limited edition of "Saturday Night Fever" OST CD with a blu-ray disc of the movie, with the yellow obi-strip reproduced from the 1970s release; "Saturday Night Fever" OST CD; and the Japanese edition of "The Very Best of Andy Gibb." 

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15 years on - Remembering Maurice Gibb

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Maurice Gibb in his late teens
(From "Flip" magazine, May 1968)

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Fifteen years on...

And I'm facing a life
That I must go through
Remembering
(From "Remembering" by the Bee Gees)

After Maurice Gibb passed on January 12, 2003, the two remaining Bee Gees, Barry and Robin Gibb, were never reunited on a permanent basis.  Over the years we were fortunate enough to see them perform together on different occasions, but in essence the Bee Gees ended 15 years ago this month.

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Happy 2018!

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Wishing you all the best for a happy, healthy, and creative 2018!
(The Bee Gees with their parents and Robin's dog Penny)
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Happy 2018!

The year 2017 ended with the great news that Barry is now Sir Barry Gibb.  Let us hope that another year will bring another batch of great news!

As this is the Year of Dogs in the Japanese (Oriental) Zodiac calendar, we are planning to do a series of articles about the Bee Gees and dogs this month. 

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[From the Archives - December 1973] Christmas card from the Bee Gees

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”Christmas card from the Bee Gees"
(December 1973)

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The Christmas card the Bee Gees sent out to the members of their international fan club in London at the end of 1973. 

The black and white picture on the front shows the brothers during one of their Midnight Special appearances earlier in the year.  The card opens up to show the following message:

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