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The Definitive Drifters

Drifters Audio CD
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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 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,884 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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Definitive Collection

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the fifties to the seventies 30 Mar 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the greatest pop group ever 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Please Buy This Album 15 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Defintive-YES! 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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4.0 out of 5 stars A good tribute
I got this to replace a long lost double vinyl album. I think some of the the tracks are lacking a bit in sound quality. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RikW
3.0 out of 5 stars Drifters
Very much a reissue. Most of the tracks have appeared on CD before - some on numerous occasions. However it is a good quality recording and delivery was excellent
Published 3 months ago by L Stonier
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Drifters' CD
The Drifters has long history and many great singers.
This CD can hear Clyde,Ben E and Rudy Lewis.I love It!!!
Published 4 months ago by Masafumi Takeuchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great product from Zoverstocks
A really enjoyable collection of this groups hits over the last Fifty Years or so, and sold by an excellent trader in Zoverstocks,
Published 9 months ago by Kevin McLaughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
From beautiful old classic's like there goes my baby, some kind of wonderful and up on the roof to great 70's hits like saturday night at the movies, like sister and brother and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by t j
3.0 out of 5 stars The Drifters
Mostly OK but too many songs I had never heard before. However it was cheap and was in as new condition when delivered.
Published 15 months ago by Thomas Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely definitive
58 tracks of brilliance. The more you play, the more you find. A must buy for anyone wanting to enjoy this eternal group.
Published 22 months ago by supermaster
4.0 out of 5 stars ALL THE HITS OVER 3 DECADES
Great value for money,2 Cd's 58 tracks,covering all their major amd minor hits from the very start in 1953 with Money Honey to You're More Than a Number in My Little Red Book in... Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2011 by Christopher W. Brierley
4.0 out of 5 stars not to bad
Well this 2 cd collection, disc one to be fair is ok not to my taste as dont no many of the songs but disc 2 is great that disc would be wurth the money on its own.
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by Mr. Glen J. Seagars
2.0 out of 5 stars didn't play it
The CD was advertised as new and sealed, which it wasn't when it arrived. It was also the wrong CD - the one advertised was 2CD's with 58 tracks, the one I received was 1 CD with... Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by Christine M. Sanders
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