The Drifters were a key link between Fifties rhythm & blues and Sixties soul music. They epitomized the vocal group style of New York City. Theirs was the sweet but streetwise sound of R&B suffused with gospel influences, singing high-spirited songs with sunny harmonies, as well as ballads and rocking numbers. This essential release compiles 30 of The Drifters’ most emblematic and celebrated smashes, recorded by the Atlantic label between 1955 and 1962. Highlights include all-time classics like “Up on the Roof,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Lonely Winds,” “This Magic Moment,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” and “I Count the Tears,” just to name a few. The great tunes The Drifters recorded came from a variety of sources, including the legendary songwriting teams of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman; and Gerry Goffin and Carole King. Among the material contained in this remastered collection are the 12 tracks that constituted the group’s complete LP The Drifters’ Greatest Hits (originally issued by Atlantic in 1960, and long unavailable on any format) – a very popular album among R&B and soul aficionados of that golden era
THE DRIFTERS: BEN E. KING, lead vocals RUDY LEWIS, lead vocals JOHNNY MOORE, lead vocals CHARLIE THOMAS, tenor vocals GERHART THRASHER, tenor vocals, DOCK GREEN, baritone vocals TOMMY EVANS, bass vocals BILLY DAVIS, guitar REGGIE KIMBER, guitar, among others.
Further personnel information is detailed inside booklet.
Recorded in New York, between 1955 and 1962. Original recordings produced / supervised by Ahmet Ertegun & Jerry Wexler / Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller.
1. Up On The Roof 2. I Count The Tears 3. Sweets For My Sweet 4. This Magic Moment 5. Dance With Me 6. Lonely Winds 7. There Goes My Baby 8. (If You Cry) True Love,True Love 9. Hey Señorita 10. Baltimore 11. Sadie My Lady 12. Oh My Love 13. Honky Tonky 14. Suddenly There’S A Valley 15. Souvenirs 16. When My Little Girl Is Smiling 17. Mexican Divorce 18. Stranger On The Shore 19. What To Do 20. Room Full Of Tears 21. Please Stay 22. No Sweet Lovin’ 23. Some Kind Of Wonderful 24. Sometimes I Wonder 25. Another Night With The Boys 26. Hypnotized 27. Jackpot 28. Somebody New Dancing With You 29. Nobody But Me 30. Save The Last Dance For Me