Drifters, The

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30 Greatest Hits

Drifters, The

Soul Jam


SOU 155656




CD 8,26 €


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


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
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