Wednesday, 6 February 2019

The Drifters - The Definitive Drifters


  

This is undoubtedly the best of the many Drifters compilations that exist. Firstly, and most importantly, they are the original recordings. This is pertinent because so many of them are made up of re-recorded versions of many of the songs, something I really find annoying. It happens a lot with sixties hits compilations as well. Secondly, the collection covers all of the long career of this remarkable US vocal group, from their invigorating, melodic early doo/wop days, featuring Clyde McPhatter to their classic sixties rock'n'roll/soul, featuring Ben E. King to the renaissance period of seventies pop/soul hits, with Johnny Moore on lead vocals. There is some truly fantastic stuff on show here, so many classic songs, full of soul and wonderful, irresistible singalong refrains.
There are too many tracks to list them all - 58 in total. These are my personal highlights:-

CD 1

Money Honey
Honey Love
Ruby Baby
Fools Fall In Love
There Goes My Baby

This Magic Moment
Dance With Me
Save The Last Dance For Me
Some Kind Of Wonderful

When My Little Girl Is Smiling
Up On The Roof
On Broadway


CD 2

One Way Love
Under The Boardwalk
Saturday Night At The Movies
At The Club
Come on Over To My Place
I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing
Like Sister And Brother
Kissin' In The Back Row Of The Movies
Down On The Beach Tonight
Love Games
There Goes My First Love
Can I Take You Home Little Girl
Hello Happiness
Every Night's A Saturday Night With You
You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book


All genuinely great music, no chance of feeling down while listening to any of it. Superb. Highly recommended.

B+

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