Monday, January 1, 2018
This plays more like a documentary of the tour with a lot of songs in between... I think I like this one a little better than the first dvd of these guys I upped. Artwork is included- all thanks goes to the original uploader.
The Bee Gees
"Spirits Having Flown" Tour TV Special 1979
"The Bee Gees Special" was a television special broadcast by NBC on November 15 (or 26), 1979. The program featured footage from the Bee Gees' July 10, 1979 concert in Oakland, California captured by a film crew that accompanied them during their 1979 Spirits Having Flown Tour. It also included footage from an appearance with Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell, interviews by David Frost with the Bee Gees and their parents, and a behind-the-scenes look at recording and tour planning with Robert Stigwood and the band's crew.
Lineage: TV > Low Gen VHS > SA > DVD
Track listing (thanks to Wikipedia):
* Interview with David Frost
* In the studio rehearsing "Tragedy"
* Opening night of tour "Stayin' Alive"
* Australian TV clip of "Spicks And Specks"
* Interview with Robert Stigwood
* Concert footage: "New York Mining Disaster 1941", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart"
* Video montage: "How Deep Is Your Love"
* Tour planning
* 1967 U.K. TV clip: "Massachusetts"
* Concert footage: "Wind Of Change"
* Creating the explosion for the song "Tragedy"
* Concert footage: "I Started A Joke"
* Medley with Willie Nelson and Glen Campbell: "Bye Bye Love", "All I Have To Do Is Dream", "Party Doll", "I Can't Stop Loving You", "To Love Somebody"
* In the studio recording "Tragedy"
* Interview with Barbara and Hugh Gibb
* Concert footage: "Nights On Broadway", "Words", "Jive Talkin'"
* Andy Gibb joins his brothers on stage for an extended version of "You Should Be Dancing"
* Closing credits over "I've Gotta Get A Message To You"
Total time 1:13:12
Robin, Barry & Maurice Gibb (vocals, guitars)
Alan Kendall (guitar)
Joey Murcia (guitar)
Harold Cowart (bass)
Blue Weaver (keyboards)
George Bitzer (keyboards)
Dennis Bryon (drums)
Joe Lala (percussion)
The Boonero Horns:
Peter Graves, Neil Bonsanti, Bill Purse, Ken Faulk, Whit Sidener, Stan Webb (brass)
The Sweet Inspirations:
Myrna Smith, Sylvia Shemwell, Gloria Brown (backing vocals)
Video: MPEG2 Video 720x576 (4:3) 25.000fps 9500Kbps
Audio: AC3 48000Hz stereo 256Kbps 2ch
More details from MediaInfo in separate file.
After the release of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, The Bee Gees were unable to tour due to their commitment to the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band movie. Then from March to November, 1978, they spent much of their time in the studio recording Spirits Having Flown, the follow-up album to Saturday Night Fever.
Prior to the kickoff of the tour, The Bee Gees popularity grew even further following Saturday Night Fever, when they were the headline act on the Music for UNICEF Concert in January. Then they won four Grammy awards in February for Saturday Night Fever and by June, they pulled off a feat only matched by The Beatles with six consecutive number one singles, when "Love You Inside Out" topped the charts in June, setting the stage for the hottest summer tour since The Beatles in 1964.
Considering the group's popularity was at an all-time high, stringent security precautions were taken, though The Bee Gees themselves setup base in only five cities. They would fly to the next venue and return to their home base immediately following the show. They leased a custom 55-seat Boeing 720 jet at a cost of over one million dollars with a specially designed logo on the exterior of the plane. The Bee Gees were accompanied on the tour by a film crew capturing highlights of the shows, for use in a NBC-TV special which aired in November, hosted by David Frost.
The Bee Gees were joined on stage with their usual band featuring Alan Kendall on guitar, Blue Weaver on keyboards and Dennis Bryon on drums, as well as Boonero Horns, a 6-piece brass section and Sweet Inspirations, which provided backing vocals.