S. Bailey

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,724 - Total Helpful Votes: 277 of 347
The Righteous Brothers: The Essential Collection ~ The Righteous Brothers
3.0 out of 5 stars Overlong, 19 Sep 2014
Though their name suggested it, this Californian duo weren't actually flesh-and-blood. But the marriage of Bill Medley - the statuesque, dark-haired baritone - and Bobby Hatfield - a small, blond tenor - could occasionally work very well, something that is reflected in the plethora of compilations that carry these blue-eyed soul brothers stage name.

Like the vast majority of those offerings this budget CD concentrates exclusively on their mid-1960s heyday. It starts with their two melodramatic signature songs: the Phil Spector-produced 1964 classic 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'' - which was a transatlantic no. 1 and a million seller - and their definitive version of the… Read more
Essential Squeeze ~ Squeeze
Essential Squeeze ~ Squeeze
3.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistent, 14 Sep 2014
There are quite a few compilations available touting the wares of this unfashionable South London rock group, who were named after the Velvet Underground's largely unloved final album of 1973. This career-spanning budget overview from 2006 tries to distinguish itself from that crowd with an 'essential' tag. Does it live up to that boastful adjective?

The first half strongly suggests that it does. This 20 track CD begins with the heady run of evocative pop singles that they chalked up in the late 1970s and first half of the 1980s, including Top 20 hits: 'Take Me I'm Yours'; 'Cool For Cats'; 'Up The Junction'; 'Another Nail In My Heart', and 'Labelled With Love'. Those melodious… Read more
12" Disco - The Collection ~ Chic
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic, 6 Sep 2014
The bland title, very basic packaging, and the inclusion of an inferior re-recording of George McCrae's classic 'Rock Your Baby', don't suggest that a great deal of thought or care has gone into this collection of extended 12" versions of disco, from the 1970s and early 1980s. Yet, by drawing heavily upon Warner Music Group's vast back catalogue of material in this often dismissed genre, Rhino have actually managed to compile a strong, and eclectic, 3 CD boxset that belies its budget-price. With a track-listing of over 30 songs, The Collection balances cult club favourites that will have aficionados salivating like Pavlov's dogs, such as Mass Production's 'Welcome To Our World Of Merry… Read more