Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound Track – Bee Gees & Various Artists – 1977
Claimed Sales: 40m
First listen?: Yes
Format Listened?: Apple Music/Vinyl
Of the many Soundtrack albums I’ve listened to so far for this series, none of them have a Side A as stellar as Saturday Night Fever. Stayin’ Alive, How Deep Is Your Love, Night Fever, More Than a Woman and If I Can’t Have You is one of the strongest openings of any albums in this series. It’s astounding that a soundtrack album could break a group through to such a legendary status, based mostly on that opening run of songs. Their sound is so focused throughout, even if at first the easy groove of ballads like How Deep Is Your Love contrasts with power chords of Night Fever, it’s the tight vocal harmonies and danceable quality across everything that makes these songs so memorable. Even the Yvonne Elliman version of If I Can’t Have You is so noticeably them that at first Saturday Night Fever is a perfect record. Of course this is a soundtrack and there’s plenty of the usual randomness that that entails for an ‘album’. We have another version of More Than A Woman, 2 instrumental numbers on Side B one of Calypso and the other Beethoven by way of Disco and a closing track of the always necessary Disco Inferno. Saturday Night Fever is more like a collation of the hottest disco music of the time, with 2 recent Bee Gees hits, the infectious funkiness of You Should Be Dancing and Jive Talkin’ as standouts on Side C here. It leaves me so conflicted. On one hand this is an overly long and confusing soundtrack album that probably makes more sense in the context of the film, on the other this is THE definitive disco record of all time. These are the songs that my parents grew up with, and that I grew up watching my dad dance to while cooking My head says to be realistic with a judgement, but as I sit here tapping my foot along to track after track my body just wants to dance.
Will I listen again?: I’ll most definitely listen to the Bee Gees hits for the rest of my life.
Best Track: This is such a difficult decision to make, part of me wants to pick the slow groove of How Deep Is Your Love, another thinks You Should Be Dancing is probably my all time favourite Bee Gees song. Since that wasn’t written for this album though I’m going to go with More Than A Woman, which is just such a perfect disco hit.