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Hello: Very Best of Lee Michaels

Lee MichaelsAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B0001Z3U42
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hello
2. Carnival Of Life
3. If I Lose You
4. The War
5. Heighty Hi
6. Stormy Monday
7. Medley: Tell Me How Do You Feel, (Don't Want No) Woman, My Friends
8. Thumbs
9. Uummmm My Lady
10. Murder In My heart (For The Judge)
11. Do You Know What I Mean
12. Keep The Circle Turning
13. Can I Get A Witness
14. Hold On To Freedom

Editorial Reviews

Lee Michaels rose from the San Francisco scene in the late 1960s with a sound that embodied gospel, rock and pop. Wielding an organ like a lead guitar, Michaels crossed all musical boundaries. He embarked on a solo career in 1968 that saw six A&M albums over the next four years, all of which brimmed with funk, soul and rock. In 1971, Michaels penned a song that he thought to be a throwaway, "Do You Know What I Mean." The song, which tells the posttraumatic tale of losing a girlfriend to a buddy, quickly took on a life of its own, landing in the Top 10 and becoming a rock staple. This collection culls together tracks from all six albums, offering a more complete look at this versatile artist.

Customer Reviews

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not complete November 26, 2005
By P. Doby
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD & was extremely disappointed to hear the Medley of "Tell Me How Do You Feel" "Don't Want No Woman" & "My Friends" was cut short. Frosty does a fantastic drum solo & then Lee does some amazing stuff on the B-3 to close out the song & it's all gone! I had the original recording of this from the Lee Michaels album but the cassette broke & I haven't been able to find it anywhere. The rest of the album is fantastic but I sure wish they hadn't cut what I feel was some of Lee's best organ playing.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding March 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I have a rating system for all music I purchase and this CD received the highest overall rating from me.It is an outstanding early to mid 70's rock recording featuring Lee Michaels on keyboard with fantastic vocals! While his earlier material is better than the older it holds up well enough for 5 stars. My only compaint is me.......why did I not know this artist growing up in the musical 70's era?Buy,Buy,Buy. You won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Musician & Vocalist April 24, 2007
By Sus
Format:Audio CD
I am one of the lucky few who got to see and hear Lee Michaels (and Frosty) perform live at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium back in the 1960's. And even to this day, after having been at live performances by Genesis, The Cars, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Creedance Clearwater Revival, .38 Special, Clover, The Youngbloods, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joe Cocker, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airman, Canned Heat, Buffalo Springfield, Ike & Tina Turner, The Righteous Brothers, Wang Chung, The Who, B.B. King, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Jethro Tull and more...Lee Michaels & Frosty STILL stand out as one of the most cell-exploding live acts ever! It was absolutely impossible to feel down at a Lee Michaels & Frosty concert! The dynamic, envigorating and mind blowing combination of Lee Michaels voice (with it's incredible range), his musicianship on his Hammond Organ and Frosty's perfectly meshed drum playing blended into one of the all-time best evenings of my life (no kidding!) And not only were they great live, they sound almost as good on their recordings. Buy this CD, get to know these magnificent performers. You'll become a Lee Michaels & Frosty fan forever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What ever happened to Lee Michaels? April 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Strange, let me explain. Here I am an American ex-Patriot, pushing 70 and living in Sweden. The other nite was kicked-back watching a TV movie with Mark Wahlberg, called "Invincible", and my head picked-up when I heard a background song... that I knew so well... but, couldn't place it. So, I waited to view the movie credits and track down the song that had caught my interest. And then, my response... "Oh Yeah", it was Lee Michaels' "Do You Know What I Mean"... it blew me away. Being from San Francisco, and seing Lee & Frosty perform at Bill Graham's Filmore West in the late 1960's, and even recalled owing an 8-track of his album "Fifth", wonder what ever happened to it? Anyway, my next move was a visit to and have since downloaded two of his albums "Hello" and "Live", and even though spliced n' diced, the blow-back in my mind by listening once again to this talented artist from another time brings back wonderful memories of what was the era of Vietnam, but it was a better time for music and politics. Too bad we had to grow-up and face the real world, a similar time exists today with the US at war in the Middle East, but today's music isn't coming through, and frankly, neither is the politics, being the reason I today reside in Sweden.

With Frosty not performing on his last album "Lee Michaels - Live", and in hindsight wondering "WHY" he was never heard from again and how much more music he had to offer, and never even knew Frosty's real name, and I am left wondering -- "What Ever Happened to Lee Michaels & Frosty?" If, anyone knows would be pleased to learn. Now get their albums, they are still fantastic and emotional listening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Lots of good vintage Lee Michaels cuts on this one, but cutting the "Tell Me How Do You Feel" medley in half was unforgivable. It's not as if Frosty's solo was the greatest thing since Buddy Rich - editing that down would have been perfectly okay. But LM's entrance after the solo, and the finale of "My Friends", was arguably the best moment on the entire "Lee Michaels" LP.

Very disappointing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "ALMOST" THE BEST February 10, 2010
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but.... June 13, 2008
By G. Duff
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's a great shame truly unique artists like Lee Michaels are now an almost extinct genre-replaced by a load of "radio friendly" "hey Chuck, this'll sell a million" cookie cutter rubbish. A very good collection of rock/soul music. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars KEEP THE MUSIC GOING
I wish lee would write more i worked for him in the 90s and heard him play hes a natural and we deserve more
Published 22 months ago by Richard G
I listened often to some of Lee Michaels' LP's when they were initially issued.

While this compilation does not convey the same 'mood' the original album track orders... Read more
Published on August 11, 2009 by Vic Grider
5.0 out of 5 stars greatest keyboard player EVER
Lee Michaels is one of the GREATEST keyboard players ever. His versions of songs like STORMY MONDAY...are incredible. Read more
Published on April 9, 2009 by Carl E
2.0 out of 5 stars Not A True Lee Michaels Fan
I purchased this product to obtain just 3 songs I could'nt find elsewhere. Their is no question about Lee's musical writing, producing, and multi-talented instrument capabilities. Read more
Published on January 9, 2009 by Selecto
4.0 out of 5 stars You Know What I Mean!!
Lee Michaels was an overlooked multi-instrumentalist who was a ballsy rollicking keyboard player with a great voice. Read more
Published on September 5, 2008 by Pat Lamorgese
5.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of Lee's music
I have been a fan of Lee Michaels since the late 60's and I am finding his music now just as exciting and exilerating as I did then. Read more
Published on October 5, 2007 by Christel C. Radke
5.0 out of 5 stars A Rare Treat
I've taken a moment to read many of the reviews of Lee Michaels' various albums. He is absolutely an amazing player of the Hammond B-3 with its Lesley speakers; and has a voice... Read more
Published on November 23, 2006 by Calivati
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