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Artist:The Righteous Brothers
Label:  Philles
Country:USA
Catalogue:129
Date:Jun 1965
Format:7"
Collection:  I Own It     I Want It 
Community:28 Own, 2 Want
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TrackArtistTitleComposerProducerArrangerRating
AThe Righteous BrothersHung On YouSpector, Goffin, KingPhil SpectorJack "Specs" Nitzsche7.5  Rate
BThe Righteous BrothersUnchained MelodyZaret, North9.0  Rate


Notes

Later copies list "Unchained Melody" producer as Phil Spector, although he did not actually produce the side (Bill Medley did)

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stereotom
21st Jan 2014
 In an interview with the Forgotten Hits newsletter/website, Bill Medley stated that Phil had left a recording session 15 minutes early and told them they could use the remaining time however they wanted, so he (Bill) produced Unchained Melody, and Phil stuck it on the back of Hung On You as a throwaway B side without mentioning any producer credits on that side (again, if Phil had produced it, even as a throwaway B side, his name would've still been on the labels).

As far as I'm concerned, it sounds like a Bill Medley production and he claims he was the producer of it. I doubt it had any Spector involvement at all, and as such, do believe Spector should not be given producer credit on that side.
 

 
45stalker
17th Nov 2013
 
 

 
stereotom
3rd Sep 2013
 Even on throwaway B side instrumentals that had no chance at being played on radio, Phil had his name listed as producer on the track. If Phil had produced Unchained Melody, I have no doubt his name would've been on the label from the very beginning.
 

 
drzbooks
30th Mar 2013
 With acknowledgement to kollektionist, I've added an upgrade to image 332617.
 

 
delron
6th Aug 2012
 The deal with Phil Spector and the Righteous Bros. was that Phil could produce whateve
records he chose. He chose "Hung on you" as their 2nd big one.
On the back he put "Unchained Melody" as a "co" production without any mention of producer.
His effort was to add the strings,some drums and background vocals and the remainder be
a joint effort. As soon as DJs flipped it over he had new labels printed.
 

 
David M. McKee
13th Jan 2012
 Let's get some images of those later pressings, then we can put Phil in.
 

 
BEATLEJOHN
13th Jan 2012
 ...no , leave it, later pressings do list him...John...................http://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/1df83e35556e0ff71846968edd344cf2/492691.jpg
 

 
David M. McKee
13th Jan 2012
 Since we actually list what's on the label, then Phil Spector should not be listed as producer for 'Unchained Melody'.
 

 
kollektionist
13th Jan 2012
 Nevertheless, since we list what is actually on the label, I'd say Phil should be listed as the producer for Unchained Melody as well.
 

 
BEATLEJOHN
13th Jan 2012
 Phil probably wasn't either, compare this to the Medley produced sides on Verve, and it's not far off..John
 

 
David M. McKee
13th Jan 2012
 ‘Unchained Melody’ is unusual in that all the singing on the disc is done by Bobby Hatfield. As far as being produced by Bill Medley goes, it's possible that Bill Medley might not even have been in the studio.
 

 
kollektionist
13th Jan 2012
 When the 45 was flipped over by DJ's and Unchained Melody became the more popular side, the 45 was actually re-issued with Unchained Melody as the A-side, adding the Phil Spector credit to the label. This does not imply it was or was not produced by Phil. It merely casts doubt upon it.
 

 
lugnut
27th Jul 2011
 Added (unfortunately damaged) standard stock copy labels
 

 
BEATLEJOHN
15th Mar 2011
 Notice DJ copy "B side" doesn't say "Produced by Phil Spector"..theories suggest that Unchained Melody was actually produced by Bill Medley, when DJ's flipped the single and started to play the "not-produced by Phil Spector side". Phil immediately had the next pressings add his production credit ...of course.
 

 
plerner
15th Mar 2011
 Hung on You was the A side, but Unchained Melody is the side we remember.
 


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