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Rockin & Driftin: Drifters Box Box set

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Vocal groups and styles came and went from the 1950s through the 1980s, but somehow the Drifters evolved and persevered, spanning doo-wop and disco before being relegated exclusively to the oldies touring circuit. Rockin' & Driftin' collects highlights from the group's embryonic Clyde McPhatter-led era (beginning with 1953's "Money Honey") into the mid-'70s, when the group still had some standing in the U.K. "On Broadway," "There Goes My Baby," "Up on the Roof," "Under the Boardwalk"--they're all included in this handsome, thoroughly annotated three-disc box set. All told, there are 79 selections here; the 16-song Very Best of the Drifters is a viable option for more casual fans interested in a selection of '59 to '64 smashes. More thorough-minded fans of vocal groups will find that Rockin' & Driftin' satisfies their hunger for Drifters nuggets great and small. --Steven Stolder

Disc: 1
1. Let The Boogie Woogie Roll
2. Money Honey
3. Lucille
4. The Way I Feel
5. Such A Night
6. Gone
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Disc: 2
1. There Goes My Baby
2. Oh My Love
3. (If You Cry) True Love, True Love
4. Dance With Me
5. This Magic Moment
6. Lonely Winds
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Disc: 3
1. On Broadway
2. Only In America
3. Rat Race
4. If You Don't Come Back
5. I'll Take You Home
6. In The Land Of Make Believe
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B0000033S3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,249 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This pricey 3 CD set contains all the charted Drifters tunes from 1953 through 1976 as well as selected single records by Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King. During those 23 years, the Drifters music evolved from R&B doo-wop to main stream rock and roll and then to soul, matching the evolution of popular music.The 79 cuts on these 3 CD's reflect those 3 styles of music. For collecters, this is a great way to acquire a myriad of memorable hit songs. For fans of a particular style of music, this package may be too broad to consider. Overall, this is an outstanding collection of 50's and 60's pop music.The only unwarranted cut among the 79 is a live version of "On Broadway". All 78 others are legitmate original singles by the Drifters or one of their former lead singers.The liner notes are well written and full of interesting details on the Drifters history, especially the succession of lead singers. The included discography is complete except that it omits the songs by the former lead singers that are included on the CD's.I was annoyed by the packaging of this box set which does not include jewel cases for the individual CD's. They are fixed into the "box' so you can't stack them with your other CD's.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hardyboys.us on February 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Rockin' & Driftin': The Drifters Box is an excellent overview of the Drifters long recording history. The quality of the recordings is first rate (as usual with Rhino). The first 2 discs are fantastic but the third disc falters as it documents the rather sad tail end of the career of the Drifters after the death of the great Rudy Lewis. The booklet that accompanies this set is very good and does a marvelous job tracking down the many artists who recorded under the Drifters name over the years.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The 48-page illustrated and oversized book that comes with ROCKIN' & DRIFTIN' * THE DRIFTERS BOX is stapled to the spine of this durable heavy plastic fold-open album. Chockful of photos, bios and song details, it's very well written and layed out.

The three CDs of music here are pure delight-- all these great sounding transfers are original tracks that cover the best years of this seminal vocal group's career-- well before they were relegated to the rock & roll revival circuit, and to cranking out album after album of inferior re-recordings. This is the motherlode, folks-- the great ATCO and ATLANTIC sides that all fans of this group want. Buy with confidence!

TOTAL RUNNING TIMES--

DISC ONE -- 68:02

DISC TWO -- 68:33

DISC THREE -- 76:23
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the other review in that having the CDs fixed into the box is a mistake - otherwise very nice packaging. AND, I disagree that ALL of their hits are here. According to Cashbox, their very 1st & very last hits "Moonlight Bay" and "Baby What I Mean" repectively are not included!? Otherwise, the perfect Drifters collection of original hits & very comprehensive & complete booklet with it. Perfect sound quality make this a doo-wop listeners must-have.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Revisited on June 8, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This package of Drifters tunes may seem a little pricey but it covers the hits from the Clyde McPhatter days when fellow lead singer (and soundalike) Johnny Moore was first with the group. (He was to leave and return later). Their "Ruby Baby" and "Drip Drop" were later covered well by Dion in his solo career. "Such a Night" was covered well by Elvis Presley but this is the original. Even an unheralded B side from 1961, "Lonely Winds", is included. You have the original "This Magic Moment" later covered by Jay and the Americans. Bobby Hendricks before a solo career contributes too. And later lead singer Rudy Lewis who became an early casualty of drugs stands out on "On Broadway". This package covers all of the group's American hits, although they extended their career in England into the 70s. If you're a true collector, this is the one you'll likely want.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By gasmark9@hotmail.com on September 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
if you like the drifters and you haven't yet purchased this box set then do so now. the sound quality is spot on and the tracklisting is superb <though i would have liked to have seen a few more rarities on it>. these are not pale imitations like a lot of drifters records appear to be nowadays- these are the bonafide originals. the cd spans through their entire lifespan from the original df#riftrs with the inimitable clyde mcphatter right through to the seventies recordings on bell records. it's a shame that there's not a few more songs on here- four disks could easily have held 100+ songs, but this is still an excellent and worthwhile addition to any cd collection. buy it now and dance, sing and swing along or just cozy up to it on one of those cold winters nighty- a must.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darrell Holloway on December 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the CD I have been looking for for a while. With Clyde delivering Money Honey, Bobby drilling out Drip Drop, Johnny Moore riveting out Ruby Baby, Ben melodically phrasing There Goes My Baby, Johnny Williams pleading (If You Cry) True Love, True Love, Rudy On Broadway, and many other hits, you get in my opinion the best of all the Drifters, and some of Ben's and Clyde's solo hits. This CD captures it all. You must have this collection as part of your music library.
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