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The Drifters - All-Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965 CD


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The history of rhythm and blues is filled with vocal groups whose names -- the Orioles, the Cadillacs, the Crows, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, the Coasters, the Penguins -- are held in reverence by fanatics and devotees. The Drifters are part of an even more exclusive fraternity, as a group that managed to carve out a place for themselves in the R&B firmament and also define that music, ... Read more in Amazon's The Drifters Store

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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: November 30, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002INL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,785 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. There Goes My Baby (Single/ LP Version)
2. Oh My Love (Single/LP Version)
3. Baltimore (Single/LP Version)
4. Hey Senorita (Single/LP Version)
5. Dance With Me (Single/LP Version)
6. (If You Cry) True Love, True Love (Single/LP Version)
7. This Magic Moment (Single/LP Version)
8. Lonely Winds (Single/LP Version)
9. Nobody But Me (Single/LP Version)
10. Save The Last Dance For Me (Single/LP Version)
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Disc: 2
1. She Never Talked To Me That Way (Previously Unreleased)
2. When My Little Girl Is Smiling (Single/LP Version)
3. Stranger On The Shore (Single/LP Version)
4. What To Do (Single/LP Version)
5. Up On The Roof (Single/LP Version)
6. Another Night With The Boys (Single/LP Version)
7. I Feel Good All Over (Single/LP Version)
8. Let The Music Play (Single/LP Version)
9. On Broadway (Single/ LP Version)
10. I'll Take You Home (Single/LP Version)
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All-Time Greatest Hits & More 1959-1965 by The Drifters

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This music is timeless!
Soon2bdocta
Even with all their hits included, there is plenty of room to explore their B-sides and album tracks.
Peter Durward Harris
This is NOT the original track.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Anthony G Pizza VINE VOICE on August 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Talk about playing up to the uniform...you 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.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Today it is the Drifters of the early 60's that are remembered by the masses and recognized by most as the Rock 'n' Roll Hall Of Famers, but the original group's first string of hits in the early to mid-50's was their most dominating run as well as being the most influencial put out by any aggregation using that name over the years. That's not to say the Ben E. King or Rudy Lewis editions weren't great too, but their ancestors led by Clyde McPhatter were more consistantly better and this two-disc set proves it.
In 1953 McPhatter had just left the Dominoes, one of the premier R&B groups in the country, and was immediately offered the chance to form his own group for Atlantic. It was one step closer to rock 'n' roll and with their first release "Money Honey" in '53 they just might have launched the boat. At his peak no singer could touch McPhatter's tenor and they released nothing but hits in his two years at the helm before the Army and then an uneven solo career took him away from the group he founded.
The first disc here is all Clyde, every master take he cut with them, six more than are found on the "Rockin' & Driftin" box set which tries to cover all the Drifters work from '53-'74 and in the process of trying to squeeze it all onto three discs (including some solo McPhatter and Ben E. King sides) it becomes a somewhat muddled and surprisingly less thorough collection.
As great as it is to hear those added Clyde-led romps here, where this set really puts the R&D box to shame is the post-McPhatter years before another group were brought in to replace them en masse in '59.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Drifters were onne of those groups that went through a lot of line-up changes, so let's first clear up any confusion first. There was a group with that name before 1959 - it feautured Clyde McPhatter and recorded some wonderful R+B, some of which is available on other CD's. That group was disbanded, and a totally different group was given the Drifters name. It is that line-up, featuring Ben E King, that opens this collection (which is presented in chronological order). Ben left after Save the last dance for me to pursue a solo career. His solo hits are not included in this collection, which is why Spanish Harlem and Stand by me are missing. You can obtain these recordings on Ben's own albums, although I've also seen Drifters compilations which include Ben's solo hits.
So, what you get here are forty of the finest tracks from their best period, including Save the last dance for me, There goes my baby, Dance with me, On Broadway, Some kind of wonderful, One way love, Up on the roof, Under the boardwalk, Saturday night at the movies, When my little girl is smiling, Sweets for my sweet and others - all huge American hits. Only Save the last dance for me was a big hit in Britain for the Drifters, because record companies at that time often found local singers to cover the songs and they had the hits instead. This shameful practice died out by the end of the sixties.
Even with all their hits included, there is plenty of room to explore their B-sides and album tracks. All the ones included here are excellent, but my favorite is their cover of Stranger on the shore, an extremely sad song which which was a huge instrumental hit for clarinetist Acker Bilk. Many vocal versions of this song exist, but the Drifters sing it as well as anybody.
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