Rockin' & Driftin': The Drifters Box

Rockin' & Driftin': The Drifters Box

by The DriftersThe Drifters


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This triple-disc 79-song compilation looks pretty impressive, and in some ways it is, representing most of the best work of each incarnation of the Drifters from 1953 through 1976. There's a lot of classic music here, including all of the big hits and many interesting (even musically glorious) flops and B-sides, but the limitations of three CDs make this less than ideal. Atlantic had already released a pair of two-CD sets, Let the Boogie Woogie Roll: Greatest Hits 1953-58 and All-Time Greatest Hits & More: 1959-1965, eight years earlier, each of which covers those major periods in question far more generously than does this box -- although it must be conceded that the sound on the cuts included on Rockin' & Driftin' is improved over those late-'80s digital transfers, good as they seemed at the time. Additionally, almost concurrent with this release from Rhino Records in America, Sequel Records in England issued its Drifters Anthology series, assembling the group's complete Atlantic Records output on seven separate CDs, organized somewhat awkwardly at times but also including a number of outtakes, so serious fans may want to opt for that group of discs. This set, had it gone to four CDs, could have been truly comprehensive, covering all of those bases by grabbing some of the best of those genuinely beautiful outtakes, such as "In the Park" -- as it is, the only unreleased cut here is the group's version of "Only in America" -- and oddities like the achingly soulful "She Never Talked to Me That Way," plus all of the official live recordings that they left behind from the mid-'60s. At three CDs, it's a little squeezed, especially as the producers devote some space and attention on concurrent solo hits by Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King. As it is, this set covers the group's history into their 1970s era work on Bell Records and Arista Records, which did yield some serious hits in the U.K. (where the Johnny Moore-version of the group relocated in the early '70s) and which don't sound bad; they're but a shadow of the group's classic early-'60s singles, but songs like "Kissin' in the Back Row of the Movies" and "Down on the Beach Tonight" are perfectly listenable. Those tracks are not necessarily worth the 40-50 dollars that this set costs, but coupled with the gorgeous sound of the classic material and the almost book-length essays that accompany the set, this is a purchase to consider, especially for anyone who doesn't already own the earlier Atlantic double sets or the Sequel collection. Anyone who has the Sequel discs may well want to pass this up, but for anybody building a Drifters collection beyond the '60s hits, this will supply most of what's needed, and serve as a guide of where to go for a closer listen to specific parts of their history. The essays are highly detailed, covering several different angles on the history of the group, and are refreshingly, highly opinionated (although some fans may pause over the slights given to Johnny Moore as the group's last lead singer -- no, he wasn't Clyde McPhatter or Ben E. King, or even Rudy Lewis, but he did sing beautifully). As a significant bonus, along with the previously unreleased 1963 version of "Only in America," a song which was subsequently placed with Jay & the Americans (who had a hit with it) because it was deemed too upbeat (despite the obvious irony that was intended) for a black group to release, one gets a very full account of the contortions that the composers, producers, and Atlantic went through over the song.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/23/1996
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0081227241728
catalogNumber: 72417


Disc 1

  1. Let the Boogie Woogie Roll
  2. Money Honey
  3. Lucille
  4. The Way I Feel
  5. Such a Night
  6. Gone
  7. Don't Dog Me
  8. Bip Bam
  9. The Bells of St. Mary's
  10. White Christmas
  11. Honey Love
  12. What' Cha Gonna Do
  13. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)
  14. Three Thirty Three
  15. Adorable
  16. Your Promise to Be Mine
  17. Ruby Baby
  18. Steamboat
  19. Driftin' Away from You
  20. Treasure of Love
  21. Without Love (There Is Nothing)
  22. Fools Fall in Love
  23. Long Lonely Nights
  24. Drip Drop
  25. A Lover's Question
  26. Baltimore

Disc 2

  1. There Goes My Baby
  2. Oh My Love
  3. (If You Cry) True Love, True Love
  4. Dance With Me
  5. This Magic Moment
  6. Lonely Winds
  7. Save the Last Dance for Me
  8. Nobody But Me
  9. I Count the Tears
  10. Sometimes I Wonder
  11. Spanish Harlem
  12. Young Boy Blues
  13. Stand by Me
  14. Room Full of Tears
  15. Please Stay
  16. Sweets for My Sweet
  17. Some Kind of Wonderful
  18. Loneliness or Happiness
  19. Mexican Divorce
  20. When My Little Girl Is Smiling
  21. Lover Please
  22. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
  23. Stranger on the Shore
  24. Another Night With the Boys
  25. Up on the Roof
  26. I (Who Have Nothing)
  27. Let the Music Play

Disc 3

  1. On Broadway
  2. Only in America
  3. Rat Race
  4. If You Don't Come Back
  5. I'll Take You Home
  6. In the Land of Make Believe
  7. One Way Love
  8. Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You)
  9. Under the Boardwalk
  10. He's Just a Playboy
  11. I Don't Want to Go on Without You
  12. I've Got Sand in My Shoes
  13. Saturday Night at the Movies
  14. On Broadway
  15. The Christmas Song
  16. At the Club
  17. Come on over to My Place
  18. I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing
  19. Up in the Streets of Harlem
  20. Memories Are Made of This
  21. Like Sister and Brother
  22. Kissin' in the Back Row of the Movies
  23. Down on the Beach Tonight
  24. There Goes My First Love
  25. Can I Take You Home Little Girl?
  26. You're More Than a Number (In My Little Red Book)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Drifters   Primary Artist
Dionne Warwick   Background Vocals
Ben E. King   Vocals,Track Performer
Clyde McPhatter   Vocals,Track Performer
Bill Fredericks   Vocals
Gene Page   Conductor
Doris Troy   Background Vocals
Dee Dee Warwick   Background Vocals
Stan Applebaum   Conductor
Dave Baldwin   Baritone (Vocal)
Claus Ogerman   Conductor
Ray Ellis   Conductor
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
James Johnson   Bass (Vocal)
Bert Keyes   Conductor
Eugene Pearson   Baritone (Vocal)
Richard Wess   Conductor
Garry Sherman   Conductor
Charles Thomas   Tenor (Vocal)
Teacho Wiltshire   Conductor
Johnny Moore   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Elsbeary Hobbs   Bass (Vocal)
Jimmy Oliver   Guitar
Bill Pinkney   Bass (Vocal),Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Track Performer
Johnny Terry   Bass (Vocal)
Andrew Thrasher   Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Gerhart Thrasher   Vocals,Baritone (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Johnny Williams   Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
David Baughn   Tenor (Vocal)
Willie Ferbee   Bass (Vocal)
Bobby Hendricks   Vocals
Charlie Hughes   Baritone (Vocal)
Rudy Lewis   Vocals
Lew Warburton   Conductor
Butch Leak   Tenor (Vocal)
Arnie Butler   Conductor
Walter Adams   Guitar
Butch Mann   Vocals
Gerry Butler   Conductor
William Anderson   Tenor (Vocal)
Tom Evans   Bass (Vocal)
Dick Green   Baritone (Vocal)
Clyde Brown   Vocals
Billy Davis   Guitar
Jimmy Milner   Baritone (Vocal)

Technical Credits

George Jones   Composer
Ben E. King   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Clyde McPhatter   Composer
Budd Johnson   Director
Johnny Parker   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Roger Cook   Producer
Jerry Leiber   Composer,Producer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Gene Page   Arranger
Kenny Young   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Stan Applebaum   Arranger
James Austin   Liner Notes
Jeff Barry   Producer
Bert Berns   Producer
Claus Ogerman   Arranger
Tom Dowd   Producer
Ray Ellis   Arranger
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer,Producer
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger
O'Kelly Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
Rudolph Isley   Composer
Bert Keyes   Arranger
Tony King   Arranger
Doc Pomus   Composer
Richard Wess   Arranger
J.P. Richardson   Composer
Garry Sherman   Arranger
Shelby Singleton   Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer,Producer
Billy Vera   Liner Notes
Billy Ward   Contributor
Jerry Wexler   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Teacho Wiltshire   Arranger
Bert de Coteaux   Arranger
Peter Grendysa   Liner Notes
David Ritz   Liner Notes
Chris Beachley   Liner Notes
Bert Russell   Composer
George Treadwell   Composer
Randy Poe   Liner Notes
Lew Warburton   Arranger
Tony Macaulay   Producer
Arnie Butler   Arranger
Lewis Lebish   Composer
Bernice Davis   Composer
Carlo Donida   Composer
Betty Nelson   Composer
Gerry Butler   Arranger
Audio 2   Composer
Lover Patterson   Composer
Charles E. Calhoun   Composer
Benjamin Nelson   Composer
Jimmie Hodges   Composer
Irving Nahan   Composer
Arthur Resnick   Composer
Billy Davis   Producer
A. Emmett Adams   Composer
Rick Dehr   Composer
Eloise Hinds   Composer

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