The Very Best Of The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody (Remastered) The Righteous Brothers
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- 1You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'03:48
- 2Unchained Melody03:34
- 3(You're My) Soul And Inspiration (Single Version)03:03
- 4Ebb Tide (Single Version)02:50
- 5Just Once In My Life03:55
- 6The White Cliffs Of Dover (Single Version)02:17
- 7He (Single Version)03:02
- 8Hung On You (Single Version)03:27
- 9Little Latin Lupe Lu02:18
- 10Go Ahead And Cry (Single Version)02:34
- 11See That Girl03:09
- 12On This Side Of Goodbye (Single Version)03:10
Info for The Very Best Of The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody (Remastered)
At 12 tracks, Very Best of the Righteous Brothers: Unchained Melody is considerably lighter than the ambitious double-album Rhino Anthology, and it doesn't cover nearly as much ground; in other words, no "Rock & Roll Heaven" or any other '70s material is here. However, for those listeners who want a straight-up dose of the biggest Righteous Brothers' hits, this offers the peaks of their peak, highlighted, naturally, by "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," "Unchained Melody," "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration," and "Little Latin Lupe Lu."
Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield began The Righteous Brothers brand in the early 60's out of the Los Angeles recording their first albums and singles on Moonglow Records, and hit big with "Little Latin Lupe Lu".
Upon signing to Phil Spector's Phillies Records, The Righteous Brothers would go on to record a plethora of incredible hit singles including the most played song on radio in the 20th Century with their # 1 "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" plus huge follow ups "Unchained Melody" "Ebb Tide" "The White Cliffs Of Dover" and "Just Once In My Life".
Moving over to Verve Records in 1966, the duo became more album centric and delivered a number highly successful albums and hit singles including their second number one classic "Soul and Inspiration".
The Verve Records era would produce more blue eyed soul magic like "On This Side Of Goodbye" and "Go Ahead And Cry", while The Righteous Brothers sound would continue to be a household name and over the next few years would release some of the most memorable rock and pop songs ever recorded.
In 1990, the blockbuster movie "Ghost" featured their classic hit record "Unchained Melody". Radio listeners all over called their favorite stations asking for the song to be played, which resulted in Polygram/Verve to rush release an amazing hit collection "The Very Best Of The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody" to satisfy millions of record buyers.
The 12 track collection gathered up all of the top charting hits noted above, as well as some more great tracks like "See That Girl" and "Hung On You", which in some cases would be heard by an all new audience, making these songs and the rest another great chapter in the continuing legacy of The Righteous Brothers.
The Righteous Brothers
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Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield started out as members of The Paramours. In 1962, the two decided to leave the five-member group to form a duo. They found their name at a show with the Paramours when a fan shouted, “That was righteous, brothers!”
Following two moderately successful albums The Righteous Brothers teamed up with music producer Phil Spector to record the single “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’.” One of the backup singers Spector used in the recording of this song was Cher (who later starred in the duo Sonny & Cher on The Ed Sullivan Show). The single went to number one in 1964. The Righteous Brothers followed up that with several other hit singles in 1965 including, “Just Once in My Life” and “Unchained Melody.” As proof of their success, they were booked to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
The Righteous Brothers took the stage on The Ed Sullivan Show, for the first and only time, on November 7, 1965. Medley and Hatfield came out bopping to the beat of their opening song, “Turn on Your Love Light.” The duo showcased their powerful vocals in this upbeat number, alternating lines. Next, they serenaded the audience with the ballad “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel. Although wearing identical suits that evening, the duo demonstrated their differing vocal ranges during the performance of this song. Following the set, the two young men shook hands with Ed, who told them “It’s so darn nice to have you on this show.” They returned at the end of the show to sing a jazzy version of “Yes, Indeed” with Miss Peggy Lee.
The Righteous Brothers continued to record music together until 1968 when Bill Medley decided to pursue a solo career. The two reunited a number of times over the next few decades until 2003, when Bobby Hatfield suddenly died half an hour before a show.
With their mix of rhythm and blues and soul along with their emotive vocal style, The Righteous Brothers will always be remembered as one of the first groups to popularize the genre of “blue-eyed soul.”
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