12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hallowed combination of Bobby Hatfield’s crystalline countertenor, Bill Medley’s purring bass-baritone, and the duo’s ear for celestial, gospel harmonizing established The Righteous Brothers as champions of midcentury soul—and equipped them with an arsenal of crescendoing R&B hits. This compilation retraces their steps through the ’60s, from the doo-wop-inspired “Little Latin Lupe Lu” through densely woven mid-’60s Phil Spector collaborations like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “Unchained Melody” to later raw and unshackled songs such as “On This Side of Goodbye.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

The hallowed combination of Bobby Hatfield’s crystalline countertenor, Bill Medley’s purring bass-baritone, and the duo’s ear for celestial, gospel harmonizing established The Righteous Brothers as champions of midcentury soul—and equipped them with an arsenal of crescendoing R&B hits. This compilation retraces their steps through the ’60s, from the doo-wop-inspired “Little Latin Lupe Lu” through densely woven mid-’60s Phil Spector collaborations like “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” and “Unchained Melody” to later raw and unshackled songs such as “On This Side of Goodbye.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
167 Ratings
167 Ratings
djshortstack ,

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.

dbrowning ,

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.

Kiwi** ,

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.

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