The voices of the Righteous Brothers are still heard all over the world today, thanks to magnificent mid-60s hits such as ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’’ and ‘(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration’.
Although the duo was a 50/50 partnership, deep-voiced Bill Medley is probably better remembered by the public than Bobby Hatfield. Nevertheless, it was the soulful tenor of Hatfield that propelled ‘Unchained Melody’ to the top of the charts in 1966, and again in 1988 thanks to exposure in the blockbuster film Ghost.
When the act disbanded in 1968, both men pursued solo careers, with limited success. Medley’s solo work has been anthologised but this Ace release is the first time Hatfield has been afforded a CD showcasing his own massive and much-missed talents.
“The Other Brother” is an essential release, for not just Righteous Brothers fans but for everyone who enjoys quality late 60s soul music. Along with three Righteous Brothers hits that were Bobby Hatfield solo recordings in all but name, the collection features a cross-section of his best solo 45s, plus his only album, 1971’s “Messin’ In Muscle Shoals”, in its entirety.
Also included are six previously unissued tracks from the album sessions and elsewhere in his Verve discography, three of which were mixed for the first time from the original multi-tracks for this collection.