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The Essential Collection Soundtrack
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(2002/Universal-UK) 18 tracks, 1959-1971 ! Last copies!
Sixty Minute Man
Such A Night
I Told Myself A Lie
Twice As Nice
Let's Try Again
Think Me A Kiss
I'll Love You Till The Cows Come Home
I Never Knew
Little Bitty Pretty One
Deep In The Heart Of Harlem
Crying Won't Help You Now
Only A Fool
Book Of Memories
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The CD compiles the best of his work across a number labels as he sought to emulate his succeses of the 50s. So it is that a number of the better known tracks - such as Without Love - are remakes, but what remakes - full orchestration, heavenly choirs (do I hear the Warwick sisters in there?) and excellent solos - (could it be King Curtis?)and Clyde is in fine voice. The hystrionics on 'The Bells' are somewhat over the top but overall these are tasteful reconstructions.
It is, however, the closing tracks that make the CD. Although from the sleeve notes is looks as if at least one song was cut in London.they are marvelous examples of uptown soul at its best.
So, a well worthwhile compilation, and a bargain at this price.
God knows what the Drifters' White Christmas must have sounded like in the early 50s to anyone acclimatized to Bing Crosby or Nat King Cole.As McPhatter sings part of this in his odd falsetto voice it could never have made the pop charts.Apparantly Elvis based his version on this.
McPhatter made possibly the worst record in the World with The Bells-which gives the word "downer" a new meaning.It really IS a bad song
Treasure of love is the only chart entry he had in the U K.
In 1957 McPhatter cut what I consider his best single-Just to hold my hand-which rarely turns up on compilations of 50s R & B.
1962 and a change to Mercury where he had a comeback hit with Lover please-a cover version of the original by Mirt Mirley & the Steppers of a song written by the then unknown Billy Swan.As a song its nothing special and may have been offered to one of Mercury's country acts.A better version was made in the U K by the Vernons Girls
After that came MGM and Think me a kiss was quite reasonable.McPhatter spent his last days in the U K but never came to anything after signing with the Deram label
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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.