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Friday 3-2-2018

8:00 PM/7:00 PM: American Epic Sessions

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Jack White and T Bone Burnett lead an epic recording session using the only working 1920s recording device in existence in this tribute to the artists celebrated in the American Epic documentary series. The recording device is timed by a weight-driven system of clockwork gears. Stripped of the comforts and security of modern technology, the artists have three minutes and one chance to get their music etched into the surface of a revolving wax disc before the weight hits the floor. Conceived as a sonic experiment-an attempt to recreate the conditions of the early record company field teams-the result is a series of career-topping performances by leading artists pushed to meet the standards of their heroes. Going back to basics and capturing the energy of a unique live performance, these recordings are heard exactly as they were made. Musicians featured: Alabama Shakes, The Americans, Ana Gabriel, Ashley Monroe, The Avett Brothers, Beck, Bettye LaVette, Bobby Ingano, Elton John, Frank Fairfield, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Los Lobos, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Nas, Pokey LaFarge, Raphael Saadiq, Rhiannon Giddens, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Taj Mahal, Jack White, and Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.

Saturday 3-3-2018

6:00 PM/5:00 PM: Hamilton's America

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GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

10:30 PM/9:30 PM: Hamilton's America

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GREAT PERFORMANCES follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

Sunday 3-4-2018

6:00 PM/5:00 PM: Van Morrison: Live at the Rainbow

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Watch the legendary Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers in a 1973 London concert. Features Morrison's scorching renditions of signature songs including "Brown Eyed Girl," "Moondance" and "Caravan, " backed by the Caledonia Soul Orchestra.

7:00 PM/6:00 PM: Bing Crosby Rediscovered: American Masters

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Narrated by Stanley Tucci, this program explores the life and legend of the entertainer through previously unreleased footage and interviews with his immediate family plus Tony Bennett and others. The film reveals a man far more complex than his public persona. In fact he is the architect of 20th-century entertainment, a force in the development of three industries - recordings, motion pictures and broadcasting. An Academy Award winner, he also is the most recorded performer in history with nearly 500 hit singles.

10:00 PM/9:00 PM: Van Morrison: Live at the Rainbow

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Watch the legendary Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers in a 1973 London concert. Features Morrison's scorching renditions of signature songs including "Brown Eyed Girl," "Moondance" and "Caravan, " backed by the Caledonia Soul Orchestra.

11:00 PM/10:00 PM: Bing Crosby Rediscovered: American Masters

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Narrated by Stanley Tucci, this program explores the life and legend of the entertainer through previously unreleased footage and interviews with his immediate family plus Tony Bennett and others. The film reveals a man far more complex than his public persona. In fact he is the architect of 20th-century entertainment, a force in the development of three industries - recordings, motion pictures and broadcasting. An Academy Award winner, he also is the most recorded performer in history with nearly 500 hit singles.

Monday 3-5-2018

7:00 PM/6:00 PM: Outdoor Idaho: "Into the Pioneers"

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Positioned between glamorous Sun Valley and desolate Craters of the Moon, the Pioneer Mountains are, for many, just a blank spot on the map. But this year the Outdoor Idaho crew set out to change that, exploring the low lands and the highest peaks, and along the way interviewing ranchers and geologists, outfitters and miners, biologists and explorers. This is Idaho's second highest mountain range, with a rich history and diverse wildlife that will both inspire and intrigue, in a new hour-long special called "Into the Pioneers."

8:30 PM/7:30 PM: Emmylou Harris - at the Ryman

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Celebrate 125 years of live entertainment at the Ryman with Harris and her acoustic band the Nash Ramblers in a re-creation of their mesmerizing 1991 concert, which helped spearhead efforts to refurbish the century-old home of the Grand Ole Opry.

11:00 PM/10:00 PM: Outdoor Idaho: "Into the Pioneers"

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Positioned between glamorous Sun Valley and desolate Craters of the Moon, the Pioneer Mountains are, for many, just a blank spot on the map. But this year the Outdoor Idaho crew set out to change that, exploring the low lands and the highest peaks, and along the way interviewing ranchers and geologists, outfitters and miners, biologists and explorers. This is Idaho's second highest mountain range, with a rich history and diverse wildlife that will both inspire and intrigue, in a new hour-long special called "Into the Pioneers."

Tuesday 3-6-2018

7:00 PM/6:00 PM: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli

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Be dazzled by the violin virtuoso in a concert ranging from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana, all bound together by Micarelli's trademark emotional vulnerability and technical wizardry.

8:30 PM/7:30 PM: Angels Sing, Libera In America

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The internationally known boy choir performs in Washington, D.C.'s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, North America's largest Catholic Church. This is the London-based 32-voice choir's second appearance on PBS but the first televised concert to be sung in the United States. The wide-ranging musical program includes hymns and classic folk songs.

11:00 PM/10:00 PM: An Evening with Lucia Micarelli

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Be dazzled by the violin virtuoso in a concert ranging from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana, all bound together by Micarelli's trademark emotional vulnerability and technical wizardry.

Wednesday 3-7-2018

8:00 PM/7:00 PM: The Texas Tenors: Rise

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Join America's favorite tenors for an all-new concert filmed at Galveston's Grand 1894 Opera House. Highlights include a show-stopping tribute to Les Miserables, selections from Phantom of the Opera, and classic rock, pop and country favorites.

Thursday 3-8-2018

6:00 PM/5:00 PM: Joe Bonamassa - British Blues Explosion Live

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Joe Bonamassa's love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration. For the first time, he pays trubute to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him - Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page - in a stunning live concert. All three are Yardbirds alumni, and indeed actually all played together at one time in the same band. Jimmy Page went on to form Led Zeppelin, which became the ultimate electric Blues band and both Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck became international superstars in their own right.

7:30 PM/6:30 PM: Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30

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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of an iconic concert with an all-star cast including Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes. Newly edited and remastered.

9:00 PM/8:00 PM: Joe Bonamassa - British Blues Explosion Live

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Joe Bonamassa's love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musical inspiration. For the first time, he pays trubute to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him - Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page - in a stunning live concert. All three are Yardbirds alumni, and indeed actually all played together at one time in the same band. Jimmy Page went on to form Led Zeppelin, which became the ultimate electric Blues band and both Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck became international superstars in their own right.

10:30 PM/9:30 PM: Roy Orbison: Black & White Night 30

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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of an iconic concert with an all-star cast including Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, J. D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes. Newly edited and remastered.

Friday 3-9-2018

6:00 PM/5:00 PM: Nature: "Naledi: One Little Elephant"

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Born inside a sanctuary in the wilderness of Botswana, Naledi the baby elephant loses her mother and faces the world alone. It is now up to a devoted team of caretakers and researchers to urge Naledi to survive and help find her place in the herd.

7:31 PM/6:31 PM: Rhythm, Love & Soul (My Music)

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Join Aretha Franklin and Lou Rawls along with 20 legends of R&B, Motown and soul, including Gloria Gaynor, The Manhattans, Edwin Starr, Peaches & Herb, The Spinners, Thelma Houston and many more.

9:30 PM/8:30 PM: Nature: "Naledi: One Little Elephant"

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Born inside a sanctuary in the wilderness of Botswana, Naledi the baby elephant loses her mother and faces the world alone. It is now up to a devoted team of caretakers and researchers to urge Naledi to survive and help find her place in the herd.

11:02 PM/10:02 PM: Rhythm, Love & Soul (My Music)

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Join Aretha Franklin and Lou Rawls along with 20 legends of R&B, Motown and soul, including Gloria Gaynor, The Manhattans, Edwin Starr, Peaches & Herb, The Spinners, Thelma Houston and many more.

Saturday 3-10-2018

8:00 PM/7:00 PM: Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theatre

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Celebrate the legendary band with the only live performance of their entire Sticky Fingers album. Filmed at the historic Fonda Theatre in Hollywood, the concert includes some of the band's greatest hits including "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses."

Sunday 3-11-2018

12:00 PM/11:00 AM: American Creed

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Condoleezza Rice and David M. Kennedy cross party lines to ask what ideals we share. Stories of unlikely activists including baseball's Joe Maddon, author Junot Diaz and Marine Tegan Griffith show communities striving to come together across divides.

6:00 PM/5:00 PM: Best of Trains Around North America

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For more than a quarter of a century, Great Scenic Railway Journeys and its creator, Robert Van Camp, have captured the world of Tourist Railway Adventures. In this anniversary special, Robert has selected his top 10 favorite rail journeys in North America. More than just a tour, these stories capture railroads as they defined the spirit of North America, creating a new industry and re-writing the history of North America's transportation. Hosted by Grammy-winning musician and storyteller David Holt, this program looks at our favorite profiles, telling the unforgettable stories of historic and scenic tourist railroads from across the country. A number of these profiles have been updated since their original broadcast.

8:41 PM/7:41 PM: This Land Is Your Land (My Music)

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Take a musical journey through the evolution of modern American folk music, from its roots in bluegrass to San Francisco coffee houses to clubs in Greenwich Village. The Smothers Brothers and Judy Collins host.

10:15 PM/9:15 PM: Best of Trains Around North America

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For more than a quarter of a century, Great Scenic Railway Journeys and its creator, Robert Van Camp, have captured the world of Tourist Railway Adventures. In this anniversary special, Robert has selected his top 10 favorite rail journeys in North America. More than just a tour, these stories capture railroads as they defined the spirit of North America, creating a new industry and re-writing the history of North America's transportation. Hosted by Grammy-winning musician and storyteller David Holt, this program looks at our favorite profiles, telling the unforgettable stories of historic and scenic tourist railroads from across the country. A number of these profiles have been updated since their original broadcast.

Monday 3-12-2018

6:59 PM/5:59 PM: Idaho Experience: "Titans"

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There was a time when Joe Albertson had his first grocery store, when mining magnate Harry Magnuson was unsure about his future. Making it big in business means taking risks and putting everything on the line. But is success about more than just making money? These Idaho titans of industry are rags-to-riches stories that some people think they know - but there is more to them than you might think.

8:03 PM/7:03 PM: Outdoor Idaho: "35th Anniversary Special"

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This hourlong special revisits some of the scenic wonders the show has explored, and examines some of the land management issues the state still faces. Along the way, there are bloopers, some favorite interviews, and tributes to guests who have passed on. Idaho singersongwriter Casey Kristofferson even performs an original song.

9:33 PM/8:33 PM: Rick Steves' Tasty Europe

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Travel expert and globetrotter Rick Steves eats his merry way through Europe. One delightful taste at a time, he shows how food is a prime ingredient in what defines cultures all across the continent. From dining al fresco in Rome, to joining the locals on a Madrid pub crawl, to learning the secrets of a wine lover's enoteca in Verona, Rick learns that slowing down to truly appreciate what you eat is an essential part of any great travel experience. With this special, the welcomes are warm, the kitchens are jammin' , the tables are set, and you are an honored guest.

11:00 PM/10:00 PM: Idaho Experience: "Titans"

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There was a time when Joe Albertson had his first grocery store, when mining magnate Harry Magnuson was unsure about his future. Making it big in business means taking risks and putting everything on the line. But is success about more than just making money? These Idaho titans of industry are rags-to-riches stories that some people think they know - but there is more to them than you might think.

Tuesday 3-13-2018

7:00 PM/6:00 PM: Queen Rock The World

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Rock on as the British band plays their greatest hits in a never-before-seen film of their 1977 tour featuring songs from their News of the World album, including "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions."

8:30 PM/7:30 PM: Hans Zimmer - Live In Prague

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In the concert special, world-renowned film composer Hans Zimmer, joined by a 72-piece ensemble that includes the Czech National Symphonic Orchestra and a choir, delights the sold-out audience with selections from his storied career. Zimmer has scored more than 120 films, and has been honored with an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award and a Tony award. In 2003, ASCAP presented him with the prestigious Henry Mancini Award for lifetime achievement for his impressive and influential body of work.

11:00 PM/10:00 PM: Queen Rock The World

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Rock on as the British band plays their greatest hits in a never-before-seen film of their 1977 tour featuring songs from their News of the World album, including "We Will Rock You" and "We Are the Champions."

Wednesday 3-14-2018

7:00 PM/6:00 PM: Midsomer Murders: "The Sword of Guillaume, Part 2"

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When the Causton Chamber of Commerce takes a bus trip to Brighton, a serial killer swinging an ancient sword decapitates some of the members in the seaside resort. Guest stars include Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Tim McInnerny (Black Adder) and Neil Dudgeon as John Barnaby.

8:00 PM/7:00 PM: Great Performances: "Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy"

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Why has the Broadway musical proven to be such fertile territory for Jewish artists of all kinds? From Broadway's golden age, names like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, the Gershwin's, Arthur Laurents, Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim immediately come to mind. More recently, Broadway babies such as Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman and Andrew Lippa represent a sampling of the Jewish talents who continue to leave their mark on musical theater. Filmmaker Michael Kantor focuses on this central question left largely unaddressed in his Emmy-winning Broadway: The American Musical, combining interviews with performance footage, including many of the rousing anthems and timeless ballads America has loved for a century.

11:00 PM/10:00 PM: Midsomer Murders: "The Sword of Guillaume, Part 2"

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When the Causton Chamber of Commerce takes a bus trip to Brighton, a serial killer swinging an ancient sword decapitates some of the members in the seaside resort. Guest stars include Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Tim McInnerny (Black Adder) and Neil Dudgeon as John Barnaby.

Thursday 3-15-2018

6:00 PM/5:00 PM: Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution

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7:30 PM/6:30 PM: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

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Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966. The film, by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, reveals how the foursome united to become the global phenomenon that was "The Beatles."

10:00 PM/9:00 PM: Sgt. Pepper's Musical Revolution

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11:30 PM/10:30 PM: The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years

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Explore the history of the Fab Four from their early days in Liverpool to their last concert in San Francisco in 1966. The film, by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, reveals how the foursome united to become the global phenomenon that was "The Beatles."

Friday 3-16-2018

6:00 PM/5:00 PM: Rosalie Sorrels: Way Out In Idaho

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The native Idahoan and nationally known singer-songwriter-storyteller appears in concert with friends in this IdahoPTV-produced performance documentary. Onstage with her in Hailey's Liberty Theatre are musicians from Idaho and across the country. Other friends, who have known and worked with Sorrels for decades - Pete Seeger, Nanci Griffith, Jean Ritchie, Terry Garthwaite, Utah Phillips and more - describe Sorrels' special talents, unique qualities and contributions to musical history and lore.

7:30 PM/6:30 PM: Outdoor Idaho: "Beyond The White Clouds"

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It's some of the most dazzlingly diverse country in the West, deserving of the gold standard of protection. In this hour-long Special, the Outdoor Idaho crew visits the three new wilderness areas in the center of Idaho - the White Clouds, the Hemingway-Boulders, and the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness - to tell the fascinating 50-year story of how the threat of an open-pit molybdenum mine eventually led to a unanimous vote for Wilderness in Congress. This program also examines some of the major battles yet to be decided.

9:00 PM/8:00 PM: Doo Wop Generations (My Music)

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Celebrate the new generation of Doo Wop performers as the original legends reunite to pass the torch. Performers include Kenny Vance & the Planotones, The Duprees, The Whiptones, Charlie Thomas' Drifters, The Modern Gentlemen and many more.

11:30 PM/10:30 PM: Rosalie Sorrels: Way Out In Idaho

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The native Idahoan and nationally known singer-songwriter-storyteller appears in concert with friends in this IdahoPTV-produced performance documentary. Onstage with her in Hailey's Liberty Theatre are musicians from Idaho and across the country. Other friends, who have known and worked with Sorrels for decades - Pete Seeger, Nanci Griffith, Jean Ritchie, Terry Garthwaite, Utah Phillips and more - describe Sorrels' special talents, unique qualities and contributions to musical history and lore.

Saturday 3-17-2018

8:00 PM/7:00 PM: Everly Brothers - Harmonies From Heaven

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9:30 PM/8:30 PM: JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala

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Enjoy performances from Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Gene Kelly and more in this presidential gala event taped in 1961 but never broadcast on television.

11:00 PM/10:00 PM: Everly Brothers - Harmonies From Heaven

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Sunday 3-18-2018

12:00 PM/11:00 AM: Kosciuszko: A Man Before His Time

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There are more statues of Thaddeus Kosciuszko in America than any historical figure except for George Washington, yet few know the real story of this Revolutionary War hero and champion of human rights. This one-hour documentary tells the story of his quest for liberty - alongside allies George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and French and Polish Revolutionaries - against the tyranny of Britain's King George, Russia's Catherine the Great, and France's Napoleon Bonaparte.

5:00 PM/4:00 PM: Hawking

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This is the intimate and revealing story of Stephen Hawking's life. Told for the first time in Hawking's own words and with access to his home and public life, this is a personal journey through Hawking's world. The audience joins him at home, under the care of his nursing team; in Silicon Valley as he meets a team of technicians who hope to speed up his communication system; and as he throws a party for family and friends.

7:00 PM/6:00 PM: The Bee Gees One for All Tour - Live In Australia 1989

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Enjoy the tight harmonies of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb as they perform their greatest hits, as well as some rarely heard selections, in this fully restored, newly mixed and mastered concert recorded in Melbourne.

9:00 PM/8:00 PM: Great Performances: "Pavarotti: A Voice for the Ages"

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Celebrate the sound of the tenor who extended his presence far beyond opera. The program includes arias from Italian operas; Neapolitan songs in arrangements by Henry Mancini; and popular duets with Bono, Sting, Vanessa Williams and Eric Clapton.

10:30 PM/9:30 PM: The Bee Gees One for All Tour - Live In Australia 1989

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Enjoy the tight harmonies of Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb as they perform their greatest hits, as well as some rarely heard selections, in this fully restored, newly mixed and mastered concert recorded in Melbourne.