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Clyde McPhatter must be acknowledged as having one of the most compelling voices in the history of R&B. During the time McPhatter was a member of the immortal vocal quintet the Drifters, the group featured his heavenly falsetto on hit singles like "Money Honey" and "Such a Night." After going solo in 1954, McPhatter continued his reign on the top of the charts with such classics as "A Lover's Question," "Without Love," and "Treasure of Love." This comprehensive two-CD set features McPhatter's finest moments with the Drifters as well as his phenomenal vocal work as a solo artist. The collection includes rare and unreleased performances recorded during The Alan Freed Radio Show in 1956 and a decade later at the Apollo Theater. Essential. --Mitch Myers
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Clyde McPhatter left a legacy of over 22 years of recording history. He was the first artist in music history to become a double inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first as a member of the Drifters, and later as a solo artist.
Clyde McPhatter was ill used by both his manager and his recording studios. As is easily heard on virtually all of these tracks, his vocals were usually over modulated, giving his voice brittle, broken highs. Other than that problem which was introduced by the recording studio, these tracks are clean and as clear as the over modulation on his voice allows.
These tracks are mostly rock-n-roll and rhythm and blues and are a reasonably good overview of his career. Missing, however, are any recordings of his earlier career singing gospel.
Highly recommended to those who enjoy rock-n-roll , doo-wop and R&B.