Damn Near Righteous [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Bill Medley's voice is one of the most recognizable in pop history, if only for the fact that "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," the Righteous Brothers' 1964-1965 number one, has, according to BMI, been played on the radio more than any other song in history. Medley was the deep-voiced half of that team, and although he's maintained his recording and performing career throughout the decades, both with his late partner Bobby Hatfield and on his own, it's pretty much a given that he will forever be associated with that song. Damn Near Righteous is Medley's first solo album in ten years, and the first since Hatfield's 2003 death, and while it won't alter his role in rock ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Bill Medley's voice is one of the most recognizable in pop history, if only for the fact that "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," the Righteous Brothers' 1964-1965 number one, has, according to BMI, been played on the radio more than any other song in history. Medley was the deep-voiced half of that team, and although he's maintained his recording and performing career throughout the decades, both with his late partner Bobby Hatfield and on his own, it's pretty much a given that he will forever be associated with that song. Damn Near Righteous is Medley's first solo album in ten years, and the first since Hatfield's 2003 death, and while it won't alter his role in rock history -- he's already a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame -- it's a commendable effort that nicely showcases Medley's R&B-influenced vocal style. That voice is not, admittedly, what it used to be: it's much coarser now than it was during the heyday. But Medley puts it to good use on a collection of both new songs and well-chosen covers. Not surprisingly, perhaps, his interpretations of R&B and rock classics are most effective. Medley does wonders with the Ray Charles standard "Lonely Avenue," and gets a groove going on Earl King's "Trick Bag." He takes Bob Dylan's "Just Like a Woman," strips it down so that he's accompanied solely by a bluesy piano, and gives the song a reading that utterly transforms it. The undeniable highlight of the album, however, is Medley's gravelly, dirge-like reworking of the Beach Boys' "In My Room." Imagine a slightly less parched Tom Waits on the lead vocal, except for one classy touch: sweet harmony voices provided by none other than the song's composer, Brian Wilson, and Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. The original material is less noteworthy, although the album-closing "California Goodbye," a tribute to Hatfield written by producers Steve Dorff and Shayne Fair, is appropriately mournful and sung with true heart and soul. There are moments on Damn Near Righteous that flirt with the schmaltzy, but Medley is the kind of singer who can overcome just about any obstacle -- he even put some verve into "I've Had the Time of My Life," his treacly smash hit duet with Jennifer Warnes from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack -- and there's nothing here that remotely aims toward that segment of the mainstream. It's tempting to think that Damn Near Righteous would have made a hell of a Righteous Brothers album -- the title sorts of begs that consideration, doesn't it? -- but even more likely that it never would have been made at all had that act still been soldiering on. [Damn Near Righteous was also released in a CD/DVD edition.]
Rolling Stone - David Wild
The way that Medley’s voice at sixty-seven has weathered and worn, moving from basso profondo to a hoarse soul croak, adds to the sense of mortality that informs much of Damn Near Righteous's intimately recorded mix of old and new gems. 1/2
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/25/2007
  • Label: Westlake
  • UPC: 798622357427
  • Catalog Number: 3574
  • Sales rank: 102,960

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sit Down & Hurt (3:44)
  2. 2 Trick Bag (4:11)
  3. 3 Something Blue (3:59)
  4. 4 Lonely Avenue (3:34)
  5. 5 In My Room - Phil Everly (3:39)
  6. 6 Hurt City (3:48)
  7. 7 Just Like a Woman (4:50)
  8. 8 I'll Find Someone Who Will (4:50)
  9. 9 Beautiful (3:27)
  10. 10 Two Lives (3:56)
  11. 11 Rock My Baby (3:48)
  12. 12 California Goodbye (8:02)
Disc 2
  1. 1 [DVD]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Medley Primary Artist
Bill LaBounty Background Vocals
Joe Chemay Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
George Doering Guitar
Steve Dorff Background Vocals
Brandon Fields Tenor Saxophone
Dan Higgins Alto Saxophone
Theresa James Background Vocals
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Richard Page Background Vocals
Dean Parks Guitar
Joel Peskin Baritone Saxophone
Jimmy Nichols Piano, Keyboards
Jeffrey Foskett Vocals
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
John "4 Daddman" Robinson Drums
Ralph Morrison III Concert Master
Technical Credits
Steve Dorff Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements, String Conductor
John Guess Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Larry Herbstritt String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, String Conductor
Arthur Tate Executive Producer
Bobby Tomberlin Interviewer
Shayne Fair Producer, Concept
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    The version of "In My Room" with Brian Wilson and one of the Everly Bros. is beautiful,as is the collaboration with his daughter McKenna. His solo pieces are great, cleanly orchestrated. Jim Nichols' keyboard work is perfect, on everything. The rocking numbers are just that, with some terrific background vocals, and brass. R&B at its best. The version of Dylan's "Just Like A Woman" I loved. The accompanying DVD adds information and memories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bill Medley Delivers

    I never expected to be brought to tears by Bill Medley. He delivers song after song in his unique, soulful style, using his 67-year-old, gravelly voice to move the listener. Hints of the youthful Bill Medley peek out occasionally, and his trio with Brian Wilson and Phil Everly simply transported this listener back to some wonderful memories. Just buy it!

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