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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Westlake Entertainment
  • ASIN: B000UWTHIO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sit Down and Hurt
2. Trick Bag
3. Something Blue
4. Lonely Avenue
5. In My Room (with Phil Everly & Brian Wilson)
6. Hurt City
7. Just Like a Woman
8. I'll Find Someone Who Will
9. Beautiful
10. Two Lives
11. Rock My Baby (with McKenna Medley)
12. California Goodbye

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Damn Near Righteous - is Bill Medley's first record since the untimely passing of Bobby Hatfield (Medley's partner in the Righteous Brothers). This album honors thier legacy and showcases the singular artistry of Bill Medley in his own right....Damn Near Righteous features a soulful reimagining of the Beach Boys hit "In My Room" performed with Beach Boy frontman Brian Wilson and Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers....As an added bonus - Damn Near Righteous includes a 40 minute DVD featuring archival concert footage and interviews with Bill Medley, Brian Wilson, and many other music luminaries.

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As anyone who has seen An Officer and a Gentleman knows, Bill Medley had a thriving solo career outside of his work as one-half of the Righteous Brothers. Still, his solo catalog has been erratic and it has been a decade since his last release. Coaxed back into the studio after the death of singing partner Bobby Hatfield, Medley wraps his gravelly, baritone pipes around a dozen songs, all of them enhanced by his husky voice. It's an eclectic set highlighted by covers of Ray Charles' "Lonely Avenue," the Meters' "Trick Bag," Dylan's "Just Like a Woman," and the Beach Boys' "In My Room." The latter is accompanied by Phil Everly and old California chum Brian Wilson for a stripped-down, spiritually charged version of the classic. Ballads dominate the set list but when Medley digs into a bluesy rocker such as "I'll Find Someone Who Will," it's clear the singer hasn't lost an ounce of his booming power as he punches through the tune like a seasoned veteran. The subtle piano and string arrangements on softer fare like "Beautiful," "California Goodbye," and "Two Lives" (also reprised as an emotional disc-closing duet with his daughter) spotlight the natural drama and passion in Medley's voice. It's an impressive, consistently classy and welcome return for one of American pop music's most recognizable and dramatic voices. --Hal Horowitz

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Great song choices.
texasgirl
Whether with the Righteous Brothers or Solo, Bill's still got it!
Mark
Again I voice my dissatisfaction at the music industry.
Scott Marks

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David S. Jenkins on October 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wow, what a surprise and what a GREAT CD. What a great BLUES album - forget "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," this is the real Bill Medley, it's quite obvious. I'll just focus on one song, "Something Blue." Put simply, it's beautiful, it's heartbreaking and it's chilling especially if you've ever broken up with someone, especially if you're a man who's gone through the scenario laid out in the song. Bill's voice isn't pure, far from it, but its cracks are like cracks in a fine oil painting. It's REAL. This song (and the entire CD) floors you because it's a human being's voice, not that of an airbrushed vocalist surrounded by handlers and synchophants. If there's a shred of justice left in radio this song deserves major airplay somewhere, somehow. Congratulations Bill for such a fine piece of work in a later chapter of your life, and thanks for resisting overproduction and pandering to a younger generation. This is a small masterpiece by a singer who just might have his very best years ahead of him. Hope so.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Cleveland on October 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Bill Medley once again shows another side to his musical talent and the true artist in him. You will hear and SEE another Bill Medley and listen to his life's lessons. He has so many multi talents and musical sides to Bill Medley, no wonder he keeps on being so RIGHTEOUS in his own way. Bill always Medleyizes a song even one that was done by someone else and he makes it sound so completely different and makes you look at it from a completely different angle. This one is for the Baby Boomers, the ones that have experienced life and some sad and lonely times in life and love. The DVD that comes with it is great and it truly shows Bill and how he is today and where is life is at now at 67 years wonderful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine L. DeSena on November 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Just got Damn Near Righteous. As cliched as "beautiful" sounds, I can't find any other word to describe it. For a long time Righteous Brothers fan like me, I've come to expect excellence in all that they have done, because as those of us who grew up with the Righteous Brothers know, there has never been anything like them. This CD is more than excellent. All of the years of life come out in his voice. It seems to say that no matter what, life does go on and still has beauty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Gardner on October 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
His voice is even better at this age. Bill Medley embodies the word "Soul." There is a great rendition of "In My Room." He can sing the blues with the best of them, and that gravel-laced voice...great in my book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mimi Amazon Buyer on November 24, 2007
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This is a great CD by Bill Medley! Having Phil Everly and Brian Wilson sing on the cut "In My Room" makes it even more special and exciting! The original songs are well done and thought provoking. A great listen for anyone! Time for a comeback the likes of Tony Bennett! Bill's Back!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Music maven on October 7, 2008
Format: Audio CD
What a pleasure this CD is! It's so rare these days to hear real soul sung by somebody who's lived real life and knows how to communicate it. Ordinarily I'm not happy with a CD that has so many ballads, but the feeling is so intense on these slow numbers here that they have more impact than most singers' uptempo songs. "Something Blue" and "Just a Woman" absolutely put chills up my spine. And the more raucous songs are absolutely rocking. "I'll Find Someone Who Will" is a massive wall of soul. There are a couple of moments on the CD where the production is a little more Nashville-slick than Medley's voice deserves, but that's nit-picking. This is a tremendously satisfying album in every way--not a false note, calculated flourish, or gratuitous expression anywhere. Bobby would be proud.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. Walker on October 17, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I heard an interview with Bill Medley on NPR about this new CD. The CD is great and it also contains a DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald F. Musilek on October 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Bill Medley's latest CD, Damn Near Righteous is fantastic. He sounds better than ever, and the songs he chose to record are heartfelt. I hope he never stops recording and sharing his music with his fans. It's going to be hard to top this latest CD, but I know Bill will. The DVD is such a nice touch and shows his class and deep love for music.

Karen Musilek
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