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All-Time Greatest Hits & More 1959-1965

September 30, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 15, 1988
  • Release Date: September 30, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
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  • Total Length: 1:41:37
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  • ASIN: B003YJNQSM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,695 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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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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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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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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