Rockin' & Driftin': The Drifters Box

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/1996
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227241728
  • Catalog Number: 72417

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let the Boogie Woogie Roll (2:50)
  2. 2 Money Honey (2:58)
  3. 3 Lucille (3:04)
  4. 4 The Way I Feel (2:46)
  5. 5 Such a Night (2:30)
  6. 6 Gone (2:41)
  7. 7 Don't Dog Me (2:33)
  8. 8 Bip Bam (2:47)
  9. 9 The Bells of St. Mary's (2:41)
  10. 10 White Christmas (2:40)
  11. 11 Honey Love (2:25)
  12. 12 What' Cha Gonna Do (2:48)
  13. 13 Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You) (2:54)
  14. 14 Three Thirty Three (2:40)
  15. 15 Adorable (2:43)
  16. 16 Your Promise to Be Mine (2:37)
  17. 17 Ruby Baby (2:25)
  18. 18 Steamboat (2:28)
  19. 19 Driftin' Away from You (2:08)
  20. 20 Treasure of Love (2:10)
  21. 21 Without Love (There Is Nothing) (2:57)
  22. 22 Fools Fall in Love (2:32)
  23. 23 Long Lonely Nights (2:27)
  24. 24 Drip Drop (2:32)
  25. 25 A Lover's Question (2:35)
  26. 26 Baltimore (2:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 There Goes My Baby
  2. 2 Oh My Love
  3. 3 (If You Cry) True Love, True Love
  4. 4 Dance With Me
  5. 5 This Magic Moment
  6. 6 Lonely Winds
  7. 7 Save the Last Dance for Me
  8. 8 Nobody But Me
  9. 9 I Count the Tears
  10. 10 Sometimes I Wonder
  11. 11 Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King
  12. 12 Young Boy Blues - Ben E. King
  13. 13 Stand by Me - Ben E. King
  14. 14 Room Full of Tears
  15. 15 Please Stay
  16. 16 Sweets for My Sweet
  17. 17 Some Kind of Wonderful
  18. 18 Loneliness or Happiness
  19. 19 Mexican Divorce
  20. 20 When My Little Girl Is Smiling
  21. 21 Lover Please
  22. 22 Don't Play That Song (You Lied) - Ben E. King
  23. 23 Stranger on the Shore
  24. 24 Another Night With the Boys
  25. 25 Up on the Roof
  26. 26 I (Who Have Nothing) - Ben E. King
  27. 27 Let the Music Play
Disc 3
  1. 1 On Broadway (3:05)
  2. 2 Only in America (2:10)
  3. 3 Rat Race (2:13)
  4. 4 If You Don't Come Back (2:42)
  5. 5 I'll Take You Home (2:44)
  6. 6 In the Land of Make Believe (2:35)
  7. 7 One Way Love (2:27)
  8. 8 Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You) (3:19)
  9. 9 Under the Boardwalk (2:44)
  10. 10 He's Just a Playboy (2:58)
  11. 11 I Don't Want to Go on Without You (2:59)
  12. 12 I've Got Sand in My Shoes (2:51)
  13. 13 Saturday Night at the Movies (2:31)
  14. 14 On Broadway (4:50)
  15. 15 The Christmas Song (2:30)
  16. 16 At the Club (3:00)
  17. 17 Come on over to My Place (2:31)
  18. 18 I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing (2:42)
  19. 19 Up in the Streets of Harlem (3:03)
  20. 20 Memories Are Made of This (2:32)
  21. 21 Like Sister and Brother (3:26)
  22. 22 Kissin' in the Back Row of the Movies (3:32)
  23. 23 Down on the Beach Tonight (3:05)
  24. 24 There Goes My First Love (3:06)
  25. 25 Can I Take You Home Little Girl? (3:31)
  26. 26 You're More Than a Number (In My Little Red Book) (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Ivory Joe Hunter Composer
Percy Mayfield Composer
George Jones Composer
Bob Marley Composer
Rita Marley Composer
Dr. John Composer
Ben E. King Composer
John Lennon Composer
Clyde McPhatter Composer
Barry White Composer
Budd Johnson Director
Quincy Jones Composer
Johnny Parker Composer
Mort Shuman Composer
Roger Cook Producer
Carolyn Franklin Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer, Producer
Yoko Ono Composer
Gene Page Arranger
Kenny Young Composer
Art Resnick 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
John Ellison Composer
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
Lover Patterson Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Mogol Audio 2 Composer
Benjamin Nelson Composer
Jimmie Hodges Composer
Irving Nahan Composer
Arthur Resnick Composer
Billy Davis Producer
A. Emmett Adams Composer
Rick Dehr Composer
Jerome Doc Pomus Composer
Eloise Hinds Composer
J. Gerald Composer
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