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The Drifters' Golden Hits Original recording reissued, Import

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Out of print in the U.S.! the history of rhythm & blues is filled with vocal groups whose names include the Orioles, Cadillacs, Crows, Flamingos, Moonglows, Coasters & Penguins which are all held in reverence by fanatics and devotes. 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 community and also define that music, not only at it's inception as a national chart phenomenon in the early 50's but also in the decade that followed. 'Golden Hits' features 12 hits including 'Dance with Me', There Goes My Baby', 'Saturday Night at the Movies', 'On Broadway', 'Under the Boardwalk' and 'Some Kind of Wonderful'. Warner. 2005.


1. There Goes My Baby
2. (If You Cry) True Love
3. Dance With Me
4. This Magic Moment
5. Save The Last Dance For Me
6. I Count The Tears
7. Some Kind Of Wonderful
8. Upon The Roof
9. On Broadway
10. Under The Boardwalk
11. I've Got Sand In My Shoes
12. Saturday Night At The Movies

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 4, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Atlantic Records
  • ASIN: B000008F8A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Anderson on November 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The review right below this one is the one you should pay attention to; the guy complaining about the short running time and "acoustic versions" is, uh, high. As you probably already know if you're looking at this page, "Stand By Me" isn't even a Drifters song...Ben E. King did that one solo.

This is a very nice collection that really includes all of what the Drifters had to offer...they existed in the later years of the "hit single" era, pre-album rock, and all their best singles are definitely included here. I owned this hits collection on vinyl before I got it on disc, and I've always really loved it for what it is: a nice portrait of a truly groundbreaking, genre-bending early 60s R&B act.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Josh P. on May 22, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1968, this set chronicled the golden era of the Drifters (1959-1964). This starts right off with the sound of the "new" Drifters with Ben E. King on lead: "There Goes My Baby"; timeless classic. Next "If You Cry" and "Dance With Me" a double-sided hit; both very nice, nice songs. I dig the string arrangements. The hits continue with "This Magic Moment" and

"Save The Last Dance For Me." "I Count The Tears" is one I always liked because of the "na-na-na-na-na late at night", and that's right; the Grass Roots copied that for "Let's Live For Today." Uh-uh. "Some Kind Of Wonderful" is some kind of gem; it hardly gets any attention. "Up On The Roof" and "On Broadway" feature Rudy Lewis on vocal and are ageless songs. "Under The Boardwalk" and the answer to it, "I've Got Sand In My Shoes" are really crafty and neat songs as well as "Saturday Night At The Movies" which I loved ever since I first heard it. Those three feature Johnny Moore. The Drifters were one of Atlantic Records best-selling groups and their songs are absolutely timeless and ageless never seeming to grow old. They sort of transport you to another place where you can escape the outside world. The Rhino compilation is the best alternative for this one because of track number and sound quality. Yes, this one is pretty short but the sound is quite good actually and a lot of songs are in stereo. If you're an original album collector liking to collect CD versions of old LPs, this is a definitive set.
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30 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you're an audophile who likes the sound of old records popping and warped tapes getting louder and softer, this recording could be for you. If you want your recordings to sound crisp, this isn't. And if you want your greatest hits of a group to be the classic recording, not of some other version with less colorful instrumentation, this isn't for you. "Under the Boardwalk," "Up on the Roof," and "Stand by Me" are not performed with the instruments that made them classics. Most of the stuff here are in acoustics. "There Goes My Baby" sounds as though it had been "remastered" from worn tapes, with pops and wavering dynamics. With only a little more than twenty-four minutes of playing time, this is one CD Drifters fan can avoid!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on December 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I don't kknow if the band re-recorded these songs in 1968 or not , but this set is awesome. The songs here are truly monsters and beyond classic. "Saturday night at the movies' , 'this magic moment' 'some kind of wonderful' (grand funk had a great hit versoin of this in the 70's), 'up on the roof" , "on broadway" and others. the sound here is fine, I don't know what the complaint was about from one reviewer. Obviously this band made some great music and were having hits back before these songs , way back to 1950. rock and roll really goes back to the 40's but it didn't get it's name until 1954 or so. SO this band was rockin' way back, The boxset is better but this is a great collection of superhits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JacquiAroha on August 23, 2013
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I grew up listening to my parents vinyl version, bought the cassette when I left home and played to my own kids, and now I have the CD which might just last until my grandchildren arrive! Classic songs, legendary artists. Satisfy your soul.
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By frank r. baker on March 18, 2014
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This is a horrible CD. The songs sound nothing like the originals. Try to look for another Drifter Greatest Hits CD.
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Drifters are my all time favorite group. Every song is just like I remember it. I can listen to it over and over.
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The Drifters had some great songs! This is a terrific album if you like listening to the artists from this era.
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