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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 The Drifters Store

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  • Audio CD (5 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000996AT
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Money Honey
2. Let The Boogie Woogie Roll
3. The Way I Feel
4. Lucille
5. Such A Night
6. Honey Love
7. Bip Bam
8. White Christmas
9. Adorable
10. Ruby Baby
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Only In America
2. I Feel Good All Over
3. Rat Race
4. If You Don't Come Back
5. I'll Take You Home
6. In The Land Of Make Believe
7. Didn't It
8. One Way Love
9. Under The Boardwalk
10. I Don't Want To Go On Without You
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 30 Mar 2005
Format: Audio CD
The original Drifters were an R+B/doo-wop group featuring Clyde McPhatter and it was this group that recorded the first twelve tracks here - from Money honey to Drip drop. This group was disbanded and a completely different soul/pop group, featuring Ben E King, was given the Drifters name. Any doubts that they would carry the name with distinction were quickly dispelled as they became more successful than the original group. The remainder of this collection (and my review) focuses on these Drifters who continued to record great music well into the seventies.
There were several line-up changes along the way. Ben E King left to pursue a solo career following the success of Save the last dance for me, the most famous Drifters song of all. 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 that include Ben's solo hits.
From 1959, the Drifters were hugely successful in America, their hits 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. 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.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Goggins on 12 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a truly brilliant compilation and includes all their best tracks from the mid 50s through to the mid 70s comeback. Nearly 60 tracks and almost every one a classic pop song - even the lesser known tracks. The songwriting credits read like a pop Hall of Fame - Leiber/Stoller, Pomus/Shuman, Goffin/King, Burt Bacharach etc - as does the list of lead singers, who include Clyde McPhatter and Ben E King. And just like Doctor Who this compilation enables you to decide which is your favourite. I'll go for the Rudy Lewis era in the early 60s (On Broadway, Let the music play, If you don't come back etc). But whatever the era, they were magnificent.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Colin Troy on 15 July 2003
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Hi There,
This is the Best Drifters Collection ever. A 2 CD Set. 58 Tracks. Many of them with the best vocals possible, the catchiest tunes, and many 'strapped' on to the Orchestral sounds of violins, strings, and so on.
The Collection begins with some of their early R.& B. work, and whilst that is not as catchy as their later stuff, they sing it like they mean it - with passion.
Then, you get all the fantastic 60's Hits like:, 'Save The Last Dance For Me', and their original version of the British 1960's Searchers Number 1 - 'Sweets For My Sweet'.
The start of CD 2 has a track they never released as a Single - 'Only In America' - a huge song/production, about rising to the top in the USA, - it is one of their best ever melodies, and it is a work of genius. When I listened to it, I felt that it was worth the cost of the 2 CD's in its self.
Further on, we have 'Down In The Streets Of Harlem' - another Drifters song, that I had never heard before. It has slow verses, and the music, chorus, and vocals rise to a massive 'Cathedral of Harmoiny' - I almost wept, when I listened to it, as it is so stunning and moving.
Personally I did not feel that the 1970's Drifters were as good, although they had a string of British only Hits at the time. However, many were catchy, and included in this Collection. This 70's stuff, includes an Album Track - 'Harlem Child', which was made in 1975. At the time, The Drifters had just spent no less than 5 Weeks at Number 3 with 'There Goes My First Love', (in the UK), and this would have been just as huge - if not bigger. However, it was never a Single, and I was 100% impressed on hearing, 'Harlem Child', for the first time, in this Collectuion.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The BlackFerret on 2 April 2008
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This compilation has the lot.Right through from the very first US single,Money Honey, from 1953, through to their UK revival on Bell in 1973/4,including never-released tracks like Only in America and Up in The Streets of Harlem. Both of those alone were so good you wonder just how someone's thought sitting on them all this years was a good idea!

At various times R n B,Doo-Wop,Soul or Pop, the Drifters were consistently under-rated. Even if in later years, there seemed to be more variations of a group called The Drifters playing live here in the Uk than you or I had hot dinners, the group's spirit always seemed to be there somehow.

They came to embody the excellence of Atlantic Records from the moment There Goes My Baby(1959) finally cracked the Billboard Top 100 in a big way. And yet, listening to all the earlier stuff, they were ALWAYS a thunderingly good sound-their vocal liaisons have never been equalled.

58 tracks-because the booklet lists 58 group members from 1953 onwards! Despite the amazing personnel changes that included the entire group being fired in 1958 & The Five Crowns(including Ben E King) suddenly waking up & finding they were The Drifters, you actually get a wonderful continuity of sound and consistency of performance all the way.

Professional isn't the word-Magic possibly is!
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