April 14, 2008
Spectrum Music
Pop/Rock, Brill Building Pop, Blue-Eyed Soul, Soul, AM Pop

Album Review

Bill Medley's emotive baritone and Bobby Hatfield's elastic tenor combined to make the Righteous Brothers the very definition of blue-eyed soul. This 38-track, two-disc collection has their biggest and most innovative hits, including "(You're My) Soul and Inspiration," "Unchained Melody," and the phenomenal "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." Released in 1964 and written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and produced by Phil Spector in his trademark Wall of Sound style, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" sets an ominous and emotionally ravished tone from its opening line ("You never close your eyes...") and then builds even more powerfully from there. Far from being another of Spector's brilliantly crafted teen symphonies, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is instead a thoroughly adult one, and the desperation that builds in Medley's lead vocal (and is echoed by Hatfield's impassioned call-and-response interjections) comes from a man who is facing the darkest night of his very soul. It is a phenomenal record, and the centerpiece of any collection it is on, including this one, which collects the Righteous Brothers' key '60s recordings. There might be more here than the casual fan will need, but in addition to the aforementioned classics you get essentials like "Little Latin Lupe Lu" and "The White Cliffs of Dover," along with a nice version of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind."
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  2. Little Latin Lupe Lu
  3. My Babe
  4. Koko Joe
  5. Let the Good Times Roll
  6. Try to Find Another Man
  7. I Just Wanna Make Love to You
  8. Something's Got a Hold on Me
  9. This Little Girl of Mine
  10. Bring Your Love to Me
  11. Fannie Mae
  12. You Can Have Her
  13. Justine
  14. Georgia on My Mind
  15. The Angels Listened In
  16. Just Once in My Life
  17. See That Girl
  18. Unchained Melody
  19. Hung on You
  20. Ebb Tide
  21. I Love You For Sentimental Reasons
  22. The White Cliffs of Dover
  23. You're My Soul and Inspiration
  24. Harlem Shuffle
  25. Go Ahead and Cry
  26. Something You Got
  27. On This Side of Goodbye
  28. A Man Without a Dream
  29. Melancholy Music Man
  30. Been So Nice
  31. Stranded in the Middle of No Place
  32. If Loving You Is Wrong (I'm Sorry)
  33. Here I Am
  34. So Many Lonely Nights Ahead
  35. I Don't Believe in Losing
  36. Love Keeps Callin' My Name
  37. You Bent My Mind
  38. Without You I'd Be Lost