This is a mix of elementary songs and some gems.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though I rated this CD 4 stars, I would rate it 3 stars in comparison to later Righteous Brothers Material. If you are a Big Righteous Brothers fan, this is an essential. Some of the tracks are forgettable, but a few really stand out. 'I Still Love You', and 'For Your Love', are two of the highlights. Bobby also does a great cover of 'My Prayer'. Some of the tracks are just plain fun. This CD encompasses a wide variety of styles. The tracks have a distinctively different sound than the "Wall of Sound" songs produced by Phil Spector in their later years. Overall, I have enjoyed this CD."
The only truly righteous collection! (But don't pay this pri
Derek Denton | 08/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ever since someone gifted me a stack of RB records when I was six, these guys have been among my faves - and their Moonglow tracks were always the standouts. Before Phil Spector ever got to water the guys down, Bill and Bobby were the epitome of indie-label brilliance: self-produced, choosing/writing their own stuff, cutting roof-raising music on low budgets with their own band. Oh, and packing in more energy and pure SOUL then any 20 white artists of the time.
Almost every track from their three Moonglow albums is here (minus only 2-3 out of 30 or so, one or two with different mixes) and shows the RB's in full force. On every single song, they came out swinging and gave their all to the performance (as Bobby remarks in the liner notes, they cut live in the studio with everyone in the room, going full-tilt) and the results even hold their own with the black artists who were their obvious heroes. You could fault Bill and Bobby for covering some arrangements verbatim (e.g. the Don & Dewey classic "Justine") but with such great singing and sheer attitude, why be cynical? Sure, they were still finding their sound, and they wore their influences (D&D, Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed, the Isleys) on their sleeves, but what a great shirt.
My Faves:"I Just Want To Make Love To You", the hilarious "Try To Find Another Man", and Ray Charles' "This Little Girl Of Mine", which must be heard to be believed. To quote Bobby, at track's end:"Aw, righteous!!!!""