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The Drifters - All-Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965
The Drifters - All-Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
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  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #2


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All Artists: Drifters
Title: The Drifters - All-Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965
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Label: Atlantic / Wea
Original Release Date: 11/30/1988
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Oldies, Vocal Pop, Classic R&B, Soul, Oldies & Retro
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 075678193125, 075678193163

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The Soul Era Is Born On This Outstanding 2CD Drifters Set
Anthony G Pizza | FL | 08/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Talk about playing up to the have to wonder if manager George Treadwell knew more than 40 years ago that when he recrowned a struggling black group, the Crowns, with the even-then legendary monicker "The Drifters," that he would introduce a second half-decade of hits and jump-start the legendary soul era.But the songs on "All-Time Greatest Hits And More," did just that, and are among early rock and roll's most elegant and enduring. Credit this to lyrically precise compositions by the best songwriters of the day (Cynthia Weil-Barry Mann, Gerry Goffin-Carole King, Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman) meeting dramatic, orchestral production (from legendary producers Jerry Wexler, Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller, and Bert Berns) meeting distinctive vocals from Charlie Thomas, Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis, and Johnny Moore.You hear little histrionics and vocal effects here that today date (but also charm) much 50s vocal group music. Instead, you feel the rhythmic Latin pulse of "Save The Last Dance For Me" and the gorgeous "Sweets For My Sweet" (featuring excellent King and Thomas leads, respectively), Phil Spector's famous guitar intro to "On Broadway," the swinging sway of the upbeat "What To Do," Johnny Moore's tribute to summer past and to co-member Rudy Lewis on "Under the Boardwalk," recorded the day Lewis died. This album captures what any city, particularly early 1960s New York City in summer, must have felt and sounded like at its most romantic. Colin Escott's thorough liner notes chart the history of the Drifters, their label, management, and production during this critical period.This 2CD set was released concurrently in 1988 with "Let The Boogie Woogie Roll" which covered the early Drifters hits with Clyde McPhatter on lead. It's a different sounding Drifters, but equally compelling and worth seeking. For now, "All-Time Greatest Hits" is among the most complete Drifters collections short of Rhino's "Rockin' and Driftin'" box set; seek only Atlantic or Rhino Records' collections for this essential music at its original best."
Good Original Material.
Peter Durward Harris | 07/14/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There are so many bad remakes of Drifters classics that you will be pleased to know that this album contains all original material - including the distortion on "Under the Boardwalk". Better to have the original with the distortion than a poor remake eh?Only disappointment is that the collection stops short of "I'll take you where the Music's Playing" and "Baby What I Mean"."
The DriftersTunes We Most Remember
Eclectic Reviewer | Tucson, AZ. | 10/01/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the one, folks! Although Clyde McPhatter made some memorable songs in the early '50s as lead singer for the Drifters (songs later covered successfully by other name artists), the Drifters we most remember had Ben E. King or one of the seven others (count them) who followed him as lead singer. They are all in this compilation. Everybody has a favorite of these; although I like all the "A" sides (and many of the B's), I have always been fond of "Please Stay" (Don't Go) which is virtually never played on the radio. Today many of the Drifters are gone and various groups travel the country singing their songs (sometimes alternately appearing as The Coasters). If you want the real deal, though, this is it. By the way, in case you didn't know, Ben E. King "left" the group because the other members of the group failed to show up for a recording session and his product was released under his name only. Do you remember the name of it?"