понедельник, 11 ноября 2013 г.

Bill Medley - Smile (1973) 

Artist: Bill Medley
Album: Smile
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: SP-3517
Released: 1973
Country: US
Genre: R&B, Blue-Eyed Soul
Format: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
Bitrate: lossless
Duration: 00:32:46

Best-known as the Righteous Brother with the rich baritone, Bill Medley grew up surrounded by music: his father led a band and played saxophone, while his mother sang and played piano. Medley himself sang in his church choir as a boy, with the glee club in high school, and in the early '60s in his band the Paramours. Soon after, Medley began singing with Bobby Hatfield as the Righteous Brothers, a partnership that spawned hits like "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" and "Unchained Melody." When the duo parted ways in 1968, Medley pursued a solo career, scoring hits such as "Brown-Eyed Woman" and releasing albums like Soft and Soulful, Nobody Knows, and A Song for You. Medley reunited with Hatfield in 1974, then took a five-year break from performing in 1976. However, he continued to record throughout the '80s, scoring his most notable hit with the Grammy Award-winning number one single "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," a duet with Jennifer Warnes taken from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack. Meanwhile, the Righteous Brothers' popularity rose again thanks to the inclusion of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" on the Top Gun soundtrack and "Unchained Melody" on the Ghost soundtrack; Medley and Hatfield responded by reuniting again and touring the oldies circuit, which they continued to play throughout the '90s. Medley still found time for his solo career, releasing albums such as 1996's Christmas Memories and the following year's Almost Home, while living with his family in Newport Beach. A decade later -- and four years after the death of his fellow Righteous Brother Hatfield -- Medley returned with Damn Near Righteous, which featured cameos by Brian Wilson, Phil Everly, and Medley's daughter McKenna.

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  Side One:
A1. Hello Rock N'Roll 02:19
A2. Wasn't It Easy 02:40
A3. A Long Way To Go 03:41
A4. Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby) 03:35
A5. All My Love's Laughter 03:34
 • Side Two:
B1. Rock N'Roll Loser 03:13
B2. It's Not Easy 03:27
B3. Put A Little Love Away 02:42
B4. The Greatest Performance Of My Life 03:31
B5. Smile 03:42

Arranged By, Conductor:
Artie Butler (tracks: A1, A2, A4, B1, B5),
Lee Holdridge (tracks: A3, A5, B4)
Art Direction – Roland Young (3)
Engineer (Cutting) – Arnie Acosta
Engineer (Recording & Remix) – Armin Steiner
Photography By – Ed Caraeff
Producer – Tom Catalano
Written-By – Bill Medley (tracks: A1-A3, B1)

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