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The Very Best of the Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

The Righteous Brothers

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Album Review

At 12 tracks, Very Best of the Righteous Brothers: Unchained Melody is considerably lighter than the ambitious double-disc 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."

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This is the one to get.

My dad, who passed a few years back, was a big Righteous Brothers fan. In fact, he had a cassette tape of another RB Greatest Hits album (not this one), that we'd listen to on camping trips when I was a kid. So, for old times sake on Fathers Day, I wanted to hear some RB again. So, when I went looking for their music, I was surprised to stumble upon a bunch of sub-par re-recordings of their classic catalog here on iTunes. Be forewarned: Listen to the clip BEFORE you buy. Those who know what the originals sound like (THINK: Phil "Stop Or I'll Shoot" Spector's Wall of Sound) will know the real deal from the knock-offs. That said, this is the real deal. And, while it's missing a few tracks from my pop's old Greatest Hits album, (namely a fantastic take of "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons"—my favorite rendition of the song, next to Nat "King" Cole's), this album includes many essentials: "You've Lost...," "Unchained Melody," "You're My Soul & Inspiration," "Ebb Tide," "Just Once In My Life," "Hung on You," etc. Don't be fooled by some of the other albums for sale. This is the one to get.

These songs are timeless

I don't care what anyone says. The old songs are better. I say bring back that lovin' feeling with the songs that have meaning. Every one of these songs are timeless. They have the best recording of The Unchained Melody. It is better than Al Hibbler's recording, Les Baxter's recording and even Roy Hamilton's recording. It remains a classic rendering of the song and was even used it the movie "Ghost". From what I can tell, these are the original recordings. There are some budget CD's that do not have the originals, so beware.

BEST ALBUM EVER OF THE 1960's!

This is the best album ever from the 1960's, let alone one of the greatest albums ever. I am astounded by Bill and Bobby's amazing voices. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is an amazing song that from hundreds of years from now, will be loved. A classic! I am a huge fan of The Righteous Brothers, and once you listen to this album, you will be too.

Biography

Formed: 1962 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

They weren't brothers, but Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield (both born in 1940) were most definitely righteous, defining (and perhaps even inspiring) the term "blue-eyed soul" in the mid-'60s. The white Southern California duo were an established journeyman doo wop/R&B act before an association with Phil Spector produced one of the most memorable hits of the 1960s, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." The collaboration soon fell apart, though, and while...
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