Righteous Brothers Anthology 1962-1974 (2 CDs)
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In 1964, they became Phil Spector's first white act on the Philles label and recorded the ultimate "Wall of Sound" single: "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." If they never recorded again, the Righteous Brothers would have been immortalized for that one song alone.
But in little over a year's time they would also chart with "Just Once In My Life," "Unchained Melody," "Ebb Tide" and "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration." A couple more minor hits would follow and by 1968 they split up. They re-formed briefly in 1974 and scored big with "Rock and Roll Heaven," a tribute to dead rock stars.
What they left behind is a terrific collection of blue-eyed soul classics. As always, Rhino has provided amazing sound quality along with an informative booklet. The music on this disc will leave you in rock and roll heaven. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The Righteous Brothers didn't earn the title "The Kings of Blue-Eyed Soul" lightly. Yes, they can be as sweet, sultry and soulful as anyone when the occasion calls, as amply proven by Soul and Inspiration, You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling and Unchained Melody. However, they can get rowdy and downright raunchy if they need to, something that the compilers of this collection didn't overlook.
To hear the Brothers at their foot stompin' best, just run up the volume on Little Latin Lupe Lu, guaranteed to get any dance party rocking. There's also Bill Medley's salute to the heros and legends of the rock era, Rock & Roll Heaven.
Hidden treasures include a wonderful cover of Georgia on My Mind and the grossly underrated but incredibly beautiful See That Girl.
As with any Rhino compilation, the mastering on these discs is just that, masterful. The power of the Hatfield/Medley harmonies comes pouring through, with the orchestration mixed in to provide warmth, depth and support without ever interfering or overwhelming the vocals.
If you love the sound of Blue-Eyed Soul, this set will become a treasured addition to your collection. It's far and away the best Righteous Brothers compilation available.
I think that someone determined recently that "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" was the most frequently played song in rock music over the past twenty years. If not, it should have been. Bill Medley's bass is about a dozen octaves below anything ever heard before or since. What a masterpiece! Legend has it that Phil Spector (who produced it) put the time stamp on the '45 versions at 2:55 because radio stations would not have played it if they knew it was 3:47. What a sneaky genius.
"Unchained Melody" was revived by the movie Ghost. Even better than that (to me)is "For Once in My Life". Classic begging, as Bobby and Bill vocally vie back and forth for the affection of the unidentified woman they both obviously covet. Also included as a pleasant surprise is Bill Medley's interesting and passionate social commentary,"Brown Eyed Woman", written for his not so secret passion, Darlene Love.
These songs are a set of timeless classics. Put these on before you propose, and it will improve your odds of success.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sang a few of these songs when we'd get a chance to go to a place like Da Nang or Chu Lai...somewhere not as dangerous. Read morePublished 3 months ago by R. Whiteman
This 2 CD anthology presents the diversity of the Righteous Brothers more rock-like tunes, as well as their more romantic ballads. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Northern SW
This two-disc compilation was released way back in 1989 by the Rhino label and has been out of print for many years. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Northern Virginia guy
Disappointing. I only knew a few of the selections and few others sparked my interest.Published 21 months ago by Hope McLean