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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The major label Universal Music is the repository for the recordings the Righteous Brothers made in the 1960s, separately and together, for Moonglow, Philles, Verve, and MGM Records. Universal's Gold reissue series, like Sony BMG's Essential series, consists of two-CD compilations of label artists. The Righteous Brothers scored 22 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1963 and 1974, 21 of which are included here. (The exception is a cover of the Jerry Butler hit "He Will Break Your Heart," which spent one week at number 91 as the B-side of the Top 20 hit "He.") Since the set contains 48 tracks in total, that means the format allows plenty of space for non-hits and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The major label Universal Music is the repository for the recordings the Righteous Brothers made in the 1960s, separately and together, for Moonglow, Philles, Verve, and MGM Records. Universal's Gold reissue series, like Sony BMG's Essential series, consists of two-CD compilations of label artists. The Righteous Brothers scored 22 entries on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1963 and 1974, 21 of which are included here. (The exception is a cover of the Jerry Butler hit "He Will Break Your Heart," which spent one week at number 91 as the B-side of the Top 20 hit "He.") Since the set contains 48 tracks in total, that means the format allows plenty of space for non-hits and album tracks. In the Righteous Brothers' case, it also allows for some of the many solo efforts of duo members Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley. (They recorded separately in 1963, then split up in 1967, and Hatfield partnered with Jimmy Walker as the Righteous Brothers in 1969 before reuniting with Medley in the '70s.) It's worth noting, therefore, that while Universal has licensed the three comeback hits the Righteous Brothers scored on Haven Records in 1974 (including the chart-topping novelty "Rock and Roll Heaven") from EMI, it has not gone after tracks Medley made for other labels, so his 1987 number-one duet with Jennifer Warnes, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," from the film Dirty Dancing, released by RCA, is not included. Stylistically, that's just as well. Even stretching the collection to 1974 gives a somewhat deceptive sense of this act's popularity; of those 22 chart entries, 14 reached their peaks in 1965 and 1966, when the Righteous Brothers reigned as one of the ten most successful singles artists in the U.S. All their immortal hits -- "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "Just Once in My Life," "Unchained Melody," "Ebb Tide," and "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" -- came in that two-year period. The big hits were melodramatic ballads, in some cases produced by Phil Spector. Before that period, on their Moonglow recordings, the Righteous Brothers made rough R&B, examples here including Muddy Waters' "I Just Want to Make Love to You" and Ray Charles' "This Little Girl of Mine." After the hits subsided, they tried to re-create their popular sound and find equally memorable songs, sometimes by working again with songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (who had teamed with Spector to write "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"). This material, which makes up most of the second disc, is often interesting (e.g., Medley's recording of Jimmy Webb's "Someone Is Standing Outside"), but rarely impressive for itself. There is more here than the average fans really wants, but it's hard to criticize the set for containing too much. There was room, so why not? (By comparison, Anthology [1962-1974], Rhino Records' 1989 two-disc Righteous Brothers compilation, is 16 tracks and 43-minutes shorter.) It's unlikely there will ever be a three- or four-CD box set on the Righteous Brothers, not only for commercial reasons, but because they don't really deserve one. And absent that, this is likely to be the most extensive collection of their work ever to be attempted.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/10/2006
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 602498843826
  • Catalog Number: 000532902
  • Sales rank: 15,213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Latin Lupe Lu (2:14)
  2. 2 Hot Tamales - Bobby Hatfield (2:27)
  3. 3 Gotta Tel You How I Feel - Bill Medley (2:03)
  4. 4 My Babe (2:41)
  5. 5 Koko Joe (1:56)
  6. 6 Let the Good Times Roll (2:05)
  7. 7 Try to Find Another Man (2:23)
  8. 8 I Just Want to Make Love to You (3:25)
  9. 9 Somethings Got a Hold on Me (3:17)
  10. 10 This Little Girl of Mine (2:15)
  11. 11 Bring Your Love to Me (2:18)
  12. 12 Fannie Mae (2:15)
  13. 13 You Can Have Her (2:46)
  14. 14 Justine (2:10)
  15. 15 Georgia on My Mind (2:34)
  16. 16 You've Lost That Lovin Feelin' (3:44)
  17. 17 The Angels Listened In (2:16)
  18. 18 Just Once in My Life (3:50)
  19. 19 See That Girl (3:11)
  20. 20 Unchained Melody (3:37)
  21. 21 Hung on You (3:22)
  22. 22 Ebb Tide (2:49)
  23. 23 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (2:47)
  24. 24 The White Cliffs of Dover (2:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 (You're My) Soul & Inspiration (3:15)
  2. 2 Stand By (2:44)
  3. 3 He (3:00)
  4. 4 Go Ahead and Cry (2:32)
  5. 5 Something You Got (2:28)
  6. 6 On This Side of Goodbye (3:05)
  7. 7 A Man Without a Dream (2:46)
  8. 8 Melancholy Music Man (2:37)
  9. 9 Stranded in the Middle of No Place (3:35)
  10. 10 That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day) - Bill Medley (3:55)
  11. 11 Hang-Ups - Bobby Hatfield (2:49)
  12. 12 Brothers - Bobby Hatfield (2:23)
  13. 13 I Can't Make It Alone - Bill Medley (2:33)
  14. 14 Brown Eyed Woman - Bill Medley (3:18)
  15. 15 Peace Brother Peace - Bill Medley (4:17)
  16. 16 This Is a Love Song - Bill Medley (3:12)
  17. 17 Only You (And You Alone) - Bobby Hatfield (2:49)
  18. 18 My Prayer - Bobby Hatfield (2:57)
  19. 19 Answer Me My Love - Bobby Hatfield (2:23)
  20. 20 Woman, Man Needs Ya (3:33)
  21. 21 Someone Is Standing Outside - Bill Medley (3:17)
  22. 22 Rock and Roll Heaven (3:32)
  23. 23 Give It to the People (3:26)
  24. 24 Dream On (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Righteous Brothers Primary Artist
Nick DeCaro Conductor
Ernie Freeman Combo Conductor
Bill Baker [5] Conductor
Technical Credits
Buster Brown Composer
Willie Dixon Composer
Etta James Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Chris Kenner Composer
Bill Medley Composer, Producer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Barry Mann Composer, Producer
Gene Page Arranger
Bobby Hatfield Composer, Producer
Buck Ram Composer
Robert Maxwell Composer
Alan O'Day Composer
Phil Spector Composer, Producer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
William Best Composer
Perry Botkin Jr. Arranger
Bill Cook Composer
Nick DeCaro Arranger
Ahmet Ertegun Producer
Todd Everett Liner Notes
Haven Gillespie Composer
Dick Glasser Producer
Alan Gordon Composer
Don "Sugarcane" Harris Composer
Walter Kent Composer
James Kirkland Composer
Dennis Lambert Composer, Producer
Leonard Lee Composer
Alex North Composer
Michael Omartian Arranger
Brian Potter Composer, Producer
Barry Rillera Arranger, Producer
Carl Sigman Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
John Stevenson Composer
Deek Watson Composer
Cynthia Weil Composer
Hy Zaret Composer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Stuart Gorrell Composer
W.S. Stevenson Composer
Jack Richards Composer
Gerhard Winkler Composer
Pearl Woods Composer
Georges Boulanger Composer
Nat Burton Composer
Jimmy Walker Arranger, Producer
Ernie Freeman Combo Arranger
Ray Maxwell Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Fred Rauch Composer
Ande Rand Composer
Richard Mullan Composer
Bill Baker [5] Arranger
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