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The Moonglow Years

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Review

For most listeners, the history of the Righteous Brothers begins in 1964 with the release of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and their accompanying move into the more elaborate arrangements favored by Phil Spector (which they later adapted). In point of fact, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield had been performing since the start of the 1960s in a variety of group settings, and had been cutting (and charting) singles for two years as the Righteous Brothers before their link with Spector. This CD assembles 28 sides that they recorded for the Moonglow label between late 1962 and mid-1964, and there's not a bad track in the bunch. It also doesn't sound a lot like their subsequent records for Spector's Philles label or the work that followed their split with the producer; there's a lot less polish to the musicianship and the arrangements and it's all played lean and fast, with guitar, bass, and drum accompaniment, and ranges freely between blues, gospel, rock & roll, and R&B, the two singers pulling out all of the stops in terms of putting over the songs. Amid the excellent covers of standards such as "My Prayer," "Let the Good Times Roll," "Georgia on My Mind" (naturally), and a handful of Willie Dixon- and Jimmy Reed-authored classics are a surprisingly large number of originals which hold up well. The producers utilized excellent sources, including undubbed studio masters and original session tapes, and the resulting sound was state of the art at the time and remains impressive even a decade after the release of this CD. ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Little Latin Lupe Lu The Righteous Brothers 2:19
  3. 2 Let the Good Times Roll The Righteous Brothers 2:8
  4. 3 My Babe The Righteous Brothers 2:42
  5. 4 Ko Ko Joe The Righteous Brothers 2:0
  6. 5 I'm So Lonely The Righteous Brothers 2:28
  7. 6 In That Great Gettin' up Morning The Righteous Brothers 2:54
  8. 7 Love or Magic The Righteous Brothers 2:18
  9. 8 B-Flat Blues The Righteous Brothers 3:10
  10. 9 My Prayer The Righteous Brothers 2:45
  11. 10 Bye Bye Love The Righteous Brothers 2:1
  12. 11 Fee-Fi-Fidily-I-O The Righteous Brothers 2:8
  13. 12 This Little Girl of Mine The Righteous Brothers 2:16
  14. 13 Baby, What You Want Me to Do The Righteous Brothers 2:47
  15. 14 I Just Want to Make Love to You The Righteous Brothers 3:25
  16. 15 Bring Your Love to Me The Righteous Brothers 2:19
  17. 16 My Tears Will Go Away The Righteous Brothers 2:18
  18. 17 Something's Got a Hold of Me The Righteous Brothers 3:16
  19. 18 Try to Find Another Man The Righteous Brothers 2:21
  20. 19 Fannie Mae The Righteous Brothers 2:15
  21. 20 I Still Love You The Righteous Brothers 2:40
  22. 21 For Your Love The Righteous Brothers 3:24
  23. 22 Night Owl The Righteous Brothers 2:35
  24. 23 You Can Have Her The Righteous Brothers 2:45
  25. 24 Cryin' Blues The Righteous Brothers 2:57
  26. 25 Burn on Love The Righteous Brothers 1:52
  27. 26 Justine The Righteous Brothers 2:11
  28. 27 At My Front Door The Righteous Brothers 2:30
  29. 28 Georgia on My Mind The Righteous Brothers 2:34

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