Bee Gees et al. – Saturday Night Fever

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This copy of the Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack has truly killer sound throughout, and that ain’t no jive talkin’! We collected a bunch of these and put them through the shootout process and were delighted to find out that some of the material on here can sound wonderful on the best pressings.

Like any compilation, some songs are going to sound better than others. The good news here is that most of the tracks you’d hope to be impressive actually are: Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love and Disco Inferno are among the better sounding songs here.

Compared to every other copy we played — on all four sides mind you — these sides are richer, fuller and livelier. They’re also more open and transparent, with notably improved clarity, less smear, and better bass.

Find your favorite song on here, drop the needle, and see if the dramatically improved sound doesn’t bring back some special memories, and maybe even inspire you to bust a move!

Best Practices

If you have five or ten copies of a record and play them over and over against each other, the process itself teaches you what’s right and what’s wrong with the sound of the album. Once your ears are completely tuned to what the best pressings do well that the others do not do as well, using a few specific passages of music, it will quickly become obvious how well any given pressing reproduces those passages.

The process is simple enough. First you go deep into the sound. There you find something special, something you can’t find on most copies. Now, with the hard-won knowledge of precisely what to listen for, you are perfectly positioned to critique any and all pressings that come your way.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive  
Bee Gees – How Deep Is Your Love
Bee Gees – Night Fever
Bee Gees – More Than a Woman
Yvonne Elliman – If I Can’t Have You

Side Two

Walter Murphy – A Fifth of Beethoven (Based on Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony)  
Tavares – More Than a Woman
David Shire – Manhattan Skyline
Ralph MacDonald – Calypso Breakdown

Side Three

David Shire – Night on Disco Mountain  
Kool & The Gang – Open Sesame
Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’  
Bee Gees – You Should Be Dancing
KC and The Sunshine Band – Boogie Shoes

Side Four

David Shire – Salsation
MFSB – K-Jee  
The Trammps – Disco Inferno

AMG 4 1/2 Star Rave Review

Every so often, a piece of music comes along that defines a moment in popular culture history… Saturday Night Fever… was precisely that kind of musical phenomenon for the second half of the 1970s…

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.