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However, when they heard copies of the master tapes of “Prison Break” from the Universal Music Group vaults, they discovered that there were sound effects originally intended for the intros and outros of the track, which for whatever reason, were never used on the final release.
Now for the first time ever, “Prison Break” can be heard in its original format.
Smash was a subsidiary of Mercury Records and the Paramours single “Prison Break”/“That’s The Way We Love”, both sides written by Bill Medley, was chosen to launch the label.
In 1973 when Bill Medley recorded the song "A Man And A Train" (DeVol/David) for the film soundtrack "Emperor Of The North Pole", it appeared to be the perfect match, Medley's gritty performance, full of pain in line with the melancholy tone of the depression era of 1930's America film made by 20th Century Fox.
Medley's vocals were used twice in the film, once in the prologue and later, an extended version, in a reprise at a poignant scene of the film.
However, at the last minute major changes were made to the
soundtrack, Bill Medley's version of "A Man And A Train" was
removed and replaced by a more easy going country version by Marty Robbins,
a stark contrast to the Medley effort. The extended Medley vocals at the
reprise, were replaced by just the instrumental of the song plus several
cues were shortened or removed from the score.
Also the film title, was shortened to exclude the 'Pole' from the title, although some original posters were issued with the full title and a credit to Bill Medley (see image).
When Intrada Records embarked on a project to release the
soundtrack to "Emperor Of The North", they found the masters
contained the original scoring sessions as Frank DeVol had originally
made, including the Bill Medley versions of "A Man And A Train",
which had never been released previously in any form.
This 24 track compilation was put together by Mick Patrick and Tony Rounce of Ace Records with the full co-operation and support of Darlene Love herself, the album includes tracks that the magnificent Darlene Love has recorded under her own name, or as part of the Blossoms including their various guises.
As with all Ace Record releases, the tracks are legitimately licensed, hence the quality of the tracks is first class with both having been transferred from the original master tapes from the Universal Music Group.
In 1968 the Blossoms were under the management of "Medley, Patterson & West", with Bill Medley as their producer and Mike Patterson as their manager. The Blossoms had worked extensively with the Righteous Brothers as backup singers and had continued in that role with Bill Medley when he went solo in 1968, they can be heard on all of his MGM albums.
Included in the set, the previously unissued Bill Medley produced track
"So Much Love" (Goffin/King) by the Blossoms, which has a
trademark powerhouse performance by Darlene Love perfectly blending
with Fanita James and Jean King, recorded at the same Los Angeles recording
session on 14 May 1968, as "Something So Wrong" (Medley),
which is also included.
"Something So Wrong" would seem to be an autobiographical song written by Bill Medley about his relationship with Darlene Love at this time, Darlene Love's vocals on the Blossoms version of the song is totally awesome. It is interesting to note that the version of "Something So Wrong" on the CD, ends without the last burst of the song title, as on the original Bell single release.
Bill Medley himself later also recorded versions of both songs, "Something So Wrong" a few months later on 9th December 1968, and then three years later, while at A&M Records, "So Much Love".
This particular track was included on Carinco's 'Pop Masters' digital download series
"Watermelon Man" in 2005, although it is erroneously listed
The song was from the 1982 film "Butterfly", performed by the films star, Pia Zadora, who played the daughter of a man who is accused of having an improper relationship with her. Her version is included on the soundtrack album.
Bill Medley's version of the song appears to have been taken from the perspective of the father, which might have been deemed to be inappropriate to use on the soundtrack and perhaps a version of the song, with the same lyrics by the daughter, more appropriate.
Both tracks of Jerry Ganey’s Northern Soul classic double sider, “Just A Fool”/”Who Am I” produced by Bill Medley, have been reissued on the “Phil’s Spectre III: A Third Wall Of Soundalikes” CD by the premier UK reissue company, Ace Records, who transferred them from the original master tapes.
Ace Records is the leading reissue company in the UK and has one of the largest and most active, back catalogues kept by any major record concern.
Jerry Ganey (pictured left) was an immensely talented singer with an extensive range, who had been the lead singer of The Clouds, a group that Bill Medley a couple of years earlier, had also produced two singles for.
The original promotion copies of the single on Verve still commands a hefty price – the regular copies of the single are harder to find as not many were pressed.
The song “Just A Fool” written by Bill Medley and Art Munson especially for Jerry Ganey, was recorded in Los Angeles on 16 June 1966, with Bill Baker arranging - Bill Medley used all his production techniques and skills to create a classic ‘Righteous Brothers sound’ to compliment Jerry Ganey’s majestic vocals.
The B side, "Who Am I" written by Bill Medley, is another big production classic combining with Jerry Ganey's soaring vocals.
The Japanese issue of Bill Medley's "Blue Eyed Singer" album has an
additional feature that makes it well worth seeking out.
The album includes an extra track, "Friday Night's A Great Night For Football", not included on the US release of the album and only issued as a promotional CD single on Curb Records 091 in 1991.
Bill Medley performed "Friday Night's A Great For Football" in the opening sequence of the Bruce Willis film, "The Last Boy Scout".
One of the most interesting aspects of record collecting is to discover
foreign issues that use album only tracks as B sides - this French and
Italian 1973 release is really significant and unusual because neither
of the two tracks were issued on a single in the US.
Both songs written by Bill Medley, are from the 1973 A&M 3517 album "Smile", "Hello Rock And Roll" was a re-recording of an unissued MGM version of the song a couple of years earlier.
In 1980 he re-recorded the song for the withdrawn "Sweet Thunder" album on United Artists 1024 although it was still available as it was used as the B side to the "Still A Fool" single on United Artists 1349.
The Universal Music Group who own the entire Righteous Brothers 60's
catalog, Bill Medley's MGM and A&M catalog plus Bobby Hatfield's MGM/Verve
catalog - have finally seen the light after years of shamefully failing
to put out anything except the most popular Righteous Brothers songs.
This Japanese only release of the classic Bill Medley album, which many claim is his finest, is a welcome boost to any collector of his, hopefully may be the start of a reissue program.
The clarity of the digitally remastered tracks is truly amazing, hearing Bill Medley singing Mann/Weil's "A Long Way To Go" and "It's Not Easy", Jim Webb's "All My Love's Laughter", Lambert/Potter's "Put A Little Love Away" and of course his own "Hello Rock And Roll" , "Wasn't It Easy" and "Rock And Roll Loser" - is an experience not to be missed.
As with most Japanese releases, included are the lyrics in Japanese and English, although the accuracy is lost probably after the translation plus there is a lengthy biography albeit in Japanese.
An Australian compilation CD made by Polydor to capitalise on the
popularity of the Righteous Brothers song "Unchained Melody" in the
1990 movie Ghost coupled with Bill Medley's highly successful appearance
in the Dirty Dancing Concert Tour, which toured Australia in 1988. The
tracks are the complete "Someone Is Standing Outside" album plus 9 of
the 13 tracks that comprised the "Nobody Knows"/"Gone" albums.
Let Me Love Again
A Change Is Gonna Come
Love Me Tender
Little Green Apples
Blowin' In The Wind
Someone Is Standing Outside
For Once In My Life
Let It Be
See That Girl
Bridge Over Troubled Water
This Is A Love Song
Brown Eyed Woman
Peace Brother Peace
An extremely rare 1970 German compilation double album Box Set that
combines several of the Righteous Brothers biggest hits, including the
Bobby Hatfield solo "Ebb Tide" plus an interesting cross section of
tracks taken from all of Bill Medley's MGM solo albums.
The insert included in the Box Set has the full size photo of Bill Medley as used on the front and back of the box, there is also a biography in German and English.
(1) Peace Brother Peace, Evie, For Once In My Life, EbbTide*, The Great Pretender*, The Impossible Dream
(2) Bridge Over Troubled Water, That's Life, You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You, Something, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'*
(3) Let It Be, Georgia On My Mind*, Hey Jude, Run To My Loving Arms, Love Me Tender
(4) Yesterday, Someone Is Standing Outside, Goin' Out Of My Head, Nobody Knows, See That Girl, Blowin' In The Wind
*= Track by the Righteous Brothers
that includes Sonny & Cher tracks when they were known as Caesar &
Cleo also features Bill Medley singing three of his original songs "I
Surrender (To Your Touch)", "Leavin' Town" and "Wo
Yeah". The three tracks were probably recorded earlier in 1961 but were acquired by Reprise in July 1963 and the songwriting copyrights were also registered around this time.
"Leavin' Town" has the same rhythm as "Little Latin Lupe Lu " and was probably the prototype of the much recorded song. All the Bill Medley's tracks were produced by Nat Goodman who was the manager of the Paramours and also the Diamonds, for who Bill Medley wrote two songs "Woomai Ling" and "Chimes In My Heart", around this same period. "Leavin' Town"/"I Surrender" were issued as a single in 1965 on Reprise 0413. "Leavin' Town"/"Wo Yeah" were issued on an EP with the identical name and number as the album.
The original issue of "Sweet Thunder" on United Artists came to be withdrawn after the record company was taken over and the EMI executives apparently thought the funky style of the album focused too much on the instrumentation and not enough on Bill Medley.
The production duties on this original release were handled by Randy Goodrum & Brent Maher, who also wrote a superb song, "Amy Amy" performed in the classic Medley style.
"Until The Night"/"Maybe It's Not Over"/"Grandma & Grandpa" were carried over to the issue on Liberty LT 1097 in 1981.
"Still A Fool"/"Hello Rock & Roll" were issued as a single on United Artists 1349 in 1980.
This album does appear for sale occasionally with most copies originating
from Canada, with the same catalog number as the US issue, the front and back
covers on the United Artists and Liberty issues have the same photos and
the layout on both are identical.