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The Greatest Hits

1 Jan. 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Label: Goldenlane
  • Copyright: (c) 2008 Goldenlane Records
  • Total Length: 1:15:24
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  • ASIN: B001GD6G8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,585 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2002
Format: Audio CD
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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "tonyyamr1" on 12 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
THIS IS THE DRIFTERS AT THEIR BEST. IKNOW MOST OF THESE RECORDINGS BECAUSE LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE I HAVE HAD THEM FOR YEARS ON TAPE BUT UPDATING TO CDWAS PRESENTLY SUPRISED WITH SOME TRACKS I HAD NOT HEARD BEFORE LIKE "NOBODY BUT ME" WHICH I BELIEVE WAS THE FLIP SIDE OF 45 "SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
To the aficionado, the dates in the title of this album tell you what you need to know. This is the version of the Drifters famed for hits like "Save the Last Dance for me", "On Broadway", "Up on the roof" and others. But there was a period of pre-history to this incarnation of the vocal outfit. The original Drifters were formed when Clyde McPhatter left Billy Ward's Dominoes in late `53 in order to start his own group. Their initial release, "Money Honey" on Atlantic was a hit (in the R&B charts) and it was followed by several more. After a year with the group, McPhatter left for his stint of US national service. The Drifters continued without him with Johnny Moore brought in as lead singer. They tasted less success with this line-up and went their own ways in `58 (although they were subsequently to reform and tour and record as "The Original Drifters"). Due to contractual commitments, the group's manager, George Tredwell hired an existing group, the Crowns, and changed their name to the Drifters. This was the Ben E King led outfit with which most of us are familiar. King only stayed for a year or so before he left for a solo career. There's more beyond that but it's outside the scope of this album.

To anyone who only knows the group from oldies radio and the hits I mention in my second sentence, much of the material on the first disc from this pairing could come as a revelation particularly the earlier tracks. These were the first fruits from the new Atlantic production team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who`d been hired by the label following both production and song writing success elsewhere. Intriguingly Leiber and Stoller's work with the Drifters was pursued in parallel with their work for the Coasters who were also on Atlantic. The groups records sounded very different.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
First of all, may I say that there is no definitive Drfter's compilation- but this is a great place to start. It has many of the classics- Under the boardwalk, Saturday night at the movies, etc. and has some great gems on there that I had never heard before- this collection is actually a lot better than the Rockin' and driftin' boxset which I found completely disappointing. Put this on. lay back and enjoy- a must.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ib Hansen on 24 Sept. 2009
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You may not say, that Drifters UK is a coverband only. If you know a litte about music, you will know that The Drifters (US) were split in two, in the 70'th. One too tour in US only, and one in Europe only. The UK version of The Drifters, were the one who had hits with " Kissing in the backrow of the Movies", " There goes my first love" and " Down on the beach tonight ". Theese songs were never recorded by The Original Drifters from US. 2 or 3 members of the US version, left and became members of the UK version instead.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fried Egg Sandwich on 6 July 2007
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Churlish to criticise a superb collection of tracks but, for anyone who is old enough to have bought the 45's the first time around, the versions here are in stereo and are not neccessarily the same recordings as you may remember. Most of the time it doesn't really matter but some tracks (e.g. Didn't It and Sweets For My Sweet) sound somewhat thin.
This comment is aimed at all Atlantic re-issue CDs not just this one. Still gets four stars though :)
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