Righteous Brothers/Phil Spector Collectors Items

Last updated 02 July 2012 - Updated items in red

Philles albums issued in Japan on Limited Edition SHM-CD (Super High Material)




You've Lost That Lovin Feelin 2012 Universal Music UICY-75147

Just Once In My Life 2012 Universal Music UICY-75148

Back To Back 2012 Universal Music UICY-75149

The three Philles albums by the Righteous Brothers are now available on the newly developed Super High Material CD format, which can be played on any CD player.

A major feature of the set is that the albums are in both stereo and mono, so included are the alternate mono/stereo versions of "The Angels Listened In" and "Summertime".

Admittedly they are a bit pricey because of the format and the cost of postage from Japan plus there is some static noise from the master tapes on a couple of the tracks on the "You've Lost That Lovin Feelin" album but for any serious Righteous Brothers collector, they simply are a 'must have' item for their collection.

Alternate issue of the Greatest Hits album



The Righteous Brothers Greatest Hits by Phil Spector - 1981 Verve 18MM 0585 Japan

At first glance this very rare 1981 Japanese vinyl album might appear to be the very familiar Righteous Brothers classic "Greatest Hits" album, originally issued in 1967 and reissued many times since then.

However, on this 1981 Japanese issue, the track listing has been changed to include B sides of the Righteous Brothers Philles singles not originally included on the Greatest Hits album, "There's A Woman" "The Blues" and "She's Mine All Mine" plus two Bill Medley solos from the Philles "Back To Back" album, "Without A Doubt" and "Loving You".

Even though the title has been extended to be the "Righteous Brothers Greatest Hits BY PHIL SPECTOR", as the changes have been made using the identical styling and original typeface, a casual viewing of the album cover can result in it being overlooked.

The back cover utilizes the original layout of the Righteous Brothers 1969 "Greatest Hits Vol.2" album, including the two photos of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield.

Track Listing;

You've Lost That Lovin Feelin
Just Once In My Life
Loving You
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
Hung On You
Ebb Tide

Unchained Melody
Without A Doubt
The Blues
White Cliffs Of Dover
She's Mine All Mine
There's A Woman

Unchained Melody single with no producer credit



Well worth seeking out is the original issue of this classic single that has been the subject of many heated debates over the years as to the identity of the producer of "Unchained Melody".

Apart from not sounding in the remotest like a Phil Spector production, the lack of any producer credits on the label would appear to imply that Phil Spector did not produce "Unchained Melody". After all, as Phil Spector was the sole owner of Philles Records it hardly seems feasible that his name would be omitted by mistake.

Although DJ and initial releases of Philles 129 "Hung On You" credited Phil Spector as the producer, the B side "Unchained Melody" had no producer credits, this was also the case with the Bill Medley produced tracks on the two previous Righteous Brothers Philles singles.

However, after "Unchained Melody" was switched to the A side following DJ's playing it in preference to main side and it started to climb the charts, Phil Spector's name appeared credited as producer on the subsequent pressings of the single and all other releases of the track ever since.

Another interesting factor is that there is no arranger credit which had by then become standard practice on Spector produced tracks at this point.

It is also worth noting that the producer credits on the album "Just Once In My Life" are vague with no distinction between the tracks Phil Spector and Bill Medley produced. On the other two Righteous Brothers/Philles albums, "You've Lost That Lovin Feelin" and "Back To Back", the producer credits are very clear.

Further evidence, if it were needed, has surfaced with the release of the Phil Spector compilation "Retrospective". The liner notes gives details of the session musicians, none of these included any of the "wrecking crew" who worked with Spector but several familiar names of members of the Righteous Brothers Band including Mike Patterson Bill Baker Art Munson Woody Woodrich Drew Johnson and Barry Rillera.

Withdrawn UK Just Once In My Life single



In the UK the follow up to "You've Lost That Lovin Feelin", "Just Once In My Life"/"The Blues", was released in April 1965 on London American HL9962 and then rather abruptly withdrawn by Decca. It was a controversial decision at the time, one of the reasons given in the music press at the time was "technical reasons", which could amount to anything.

It has been well documented that demonstration copies of the single were released before the withdrawal. Since then several had been in circulation, though very rare.

No regular copies of this release were thought to have existed but in the past few years copies have surfaced.

In June 1966, just over a year after the initial release, "Just Once In My Life"/"The Blues" was finally released by Decca on London American HL10066. There are no differences between the recordings of either issue.

Some mis-informed record sellers are trying to sell the London American HL10066 issue by claiming it is the withdrawn issue, something to be aware of before buying or bidding on the item.

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