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The Essential Collection Import

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UK budget-price compilation for one of the most influential & innovative vocalists of the 20th Century - a fact confirmed by Elvis Presley, Jackie Wilson & Smokey Robinson. This unique chronological collection features the original recordings of his MGM, Mercury, Deram & Decca tracks alongside noteworthy recordings of earlier Dominoes & Drifters hits. 18 tracks. 2002.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sixty Minute Man
  2. The Bells
  3. Money Honey
  4. Such A Night
  5. Without Love
  6. I Told Myself A Lie
  7. Twice As Nice
  8. Lets Try Again
  9. Think Me A Kiss
  10. Ta Ta
  11. Ill Love You Till The Cows Come Home
  12. I Never Knew
  13. Lover Please
  14. Little Bitty Pretty One
  15. Deep In The Heart Of Harlem
  16. Crying Wont Help You Now
  17. Only A Fool
  18. Book Of Memories


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal UK
  • ASIN: B00006IIWZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Zub VINE VOICE on February 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Clyde McPhatter, after leaving the Drifters, had nearly two dozen pop charting singles during the late 50's and early 60's. This collection gathers up the top-100 sides from his stint at MGM and Mercury led by the big hits "Ta Ta" and "Lover Please". However, none of his work for Atlantic appears here and that belies the title "Essential Collection". There are five tunes here including "Sixty Minute Man" and "Money Honey" that he did while with the Dominoes and Drifters but these are re-recordings, not the original ones.

Beyond these shortcomings, this collection does offer the first legitimate gathering of his later singles. All nine of his pop-charting MGM and Mercury singles are here along with the aforementioned rerecordings and a few non-charting singles from the later 60's. If you complement this piece with the Atlantic McPhatter compilation CD, then you have a fairly comprehensive gathering of McPhatters's singles.

Sound quality here is generally good with tracks 1-5 (the re-recordings),10,12-15,17,18 in stereo and the remainder in mono. Though brief, the liner notes booklet does contain some background info on McPhatter's career.

Overall, a decent piece that completes the availability of McPhatter's hits on CD. The biggest complaint here would be the notation on the booklet cover touting "18 original recordings...." which is just misleading since the early recordings are not the Drifters originals.
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