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

DriftersAudio CD
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listen  1. There Goes My Baby (Single/ LP Version)The Drifters 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Oh My Love (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Baltimore (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Hey Senorita (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Dance With Me (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. (If You Cry) True Love, True Love (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. This Magic Moment (Single/LP Version)The Drifters & Ben E. King 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lonely Winds (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Nobody But Me (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Save The Last Dance For Me (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Count The Tears (Single/LP Version)The Drifters & Ben E. King 2:08$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Sometimes I Wonder (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Please Stay (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Room Full Of Tears (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Sweets For My SweetThe Drifters 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. Some Kind Of WonderfulThe Drifters 2:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Loneliness Or HappinessThe Drifters 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Mexican Divorce (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:30$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Somebody New Dancin' With YouThe Drifters 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Jackpot (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:47$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. She Never Talked To Me That Way (Previously Unreleased)The Drifters 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. When My Little Girl Is Smiling (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Stranger On The Shore (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:39$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. What To Do (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Up On The Roof (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Another Night With The Boys (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Feel Good All Over (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Let The Music Play (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. On Broadway (Single/ LP Version)The Drifters 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. I'll Take You Home (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. If You Don't Come Back (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Didn't It (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. One Way Love (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. He's Just A Playboy (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Under The Boardwalk (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. I Don't Want To Go On Without You (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. I've Got Sand In My Shoes (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. Saturday Night At The Movies (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. At The Club (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. Come On Over To My Place (Single/LP Version)The Drifters 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 


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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 Drifters Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: November 30, 1988
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002INL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All-Time Greatest Hits & More 1959-1965 by The Drifters

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
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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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their True Glory Days November 27, 2003
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
BEST BEST BEST....
Published 1 hour ago by clarence williams
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best oldies and most talented groups of all times
One of the best oldies and most talented groups of all times. Never received there due as one of the pioneers of R&B and music that spanned the 50s and 60s.
Published 6 days ago by JM4Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
I realized a few years after selling off my vinyl collection that I no longer had the Drifters. This filled the gap nicely.
Published 3 months ago by John Bulik
1.0 out of 5 stars Music is bad.
Thing sucks!! Wish I had read some reviews. Singing is not original. Had I heard it before I ordered I would have saved the money, or at least found one that had the original... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars The Drifters were appearing in Springfield, IL ...
where my daughter was tending bar on Valentines Day, and it had me wishing I had made the 60 mile trip to see them, so in the alternative, I ordered the MP3 version of the album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Z's Kindle
5.0 out of 5 stars the drifters
so many songs,so many memories. I wasn't born back then just close to it.and they sound just as good today as they did then. Now this is what music is all about.
Published 7 months ago by Walter King
5.0 out of 5 stars None Better!
What more can be said about a group that helped to transform foo wop through the use of elaborate strings, classic production, and powerful yet simple lyrics by Carol King, Gerry... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Soon2bdocta
1.0 out of 5 stars The drifters
If you try to play it in your vehicle, it won't play. Amazon is trying to fix the problem. It has most of my favorite songs by them. They recorded many more. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Thomas ODonnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great price and great songs
These are a nice blast from the past, true Drifters recorded songs, lots of them and can't beat the price. I did the mp3 download so I could get it right away. Good music!
Published 11 months ago by C. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars The Drifters - All-Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965
I am not an expert on the Drifters, but I do know they made dozens of excellent songs. This capitulation captures many of such songs, but it was missing a few I would have loved to... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ann Aurelio
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