The Definitive Collection

The Definitive Collection

by The Righteous BrothersThe Righteous Brothers


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The intention of the Universal Music Group compilation series called The Definitive Collection is to occupy the price point in between its more expensive two-CD Gold series and its budget-priced 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection series. It is, thus, aimed at the fan who wants a reasonably complete single-disc anthology of a particular artist's hits. In that sense, the Righteous Brothers' edition of the series is a good example. The duo reached Billboard magazine's Hot 100 21 times between 1963 and 1974, and 17 of those chart entries are contained on this album. (The most notable exceptions are the two follow-ups to the novelty comeback hit "Rock and Roll Heaven," "Give It to the People" and "Dream On," which UMG didn't choose to license from EMI.) Also included are a couple of LP tracks and a solo track each by Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. All have been digitally remastered and are in excellent sound. The chronological sequencing tells the Righteous Brothers' story musically, starting with the heavily R&B-influenced early tracks from Moonglow Records, including a version of "Georgia on My Mind" on which Medley sounds just like Ray Charles, and the frantic "Justine," which might as well be by the Isley Brothers. When producer Phil Spector takes the singers to his Philles label, he embeds them in his Wall of Sound for the melodramatic ballad productions that gave them their biggest hits, starting with "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'." On their own on MGM's Verve Records subsidiary and on the parent label, they effectively re-create that sound together and separately. Coming six years after the end of their heyday, "Rock and Roll Heaven" makes for a cartoonish coda to the hit-making years of 1963-1968, but it was a big hit and merits inclusion for that reason (and no other).

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0602527149899
catalogNumber: 001330402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Righteous Brothers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Jerry Butler   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Bill Medley   Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer,Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger
Gene Page   Arranger
Bobby Hatfield   Composer,Producer
Robert Maxwell   Composer
Alan O'Day   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer,Producer
Garry Bonner   Composer
Calvin Carter   Composer
Bill Cook   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Alan Gordon   Composer
Don "Sugarcane" Harris   Composer
Dennis Lambert   Producer
Alex North   Composer
Michael Omartian   Arranger
Brian Potter   Producer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Hy Zaret   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Jack Richards   Composer
Ray Maxwell   Producer
Richard Mullan   Composer
Bob Hatfield   Composer
John Stevenson   Composer

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