All-Time Greatest Hits

All-Time Greatest Hits

by The Platters
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All-Time Greatest Hits

This is a superb single-disc distillation of the Platters' biggest hits, with all 15 of their first Top Forty hits, an astonishing run that went from 1955's "Only You (And You Alone)" through 1960's "Harbor Lights" -- and adds the more modern soul-pop successes they landed in 1966 and 1967 with "With This Ring" and "I Love You 1000 Times." Admittedly, it lacks a few obscure tracks found on Rhino's 1998 comp Enchanted: The Best of the Platters, although none of the extra songs are among the group's more familiar numbers. (Also, serious enthusiasts might prefer Mercury's two-CD, 50-track The Magic Touch: An Anthology.) Still, this set proves that the Platters recorded some of the finest, and certainly the most successful, pop-doo wop crossover music ever made.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2004
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602498614389
catalogNumber: 000175502
Rank: 8330

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Platters   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Tony Williams   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Alan Dunn   Composer
Inez Foxx   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Tony Hester   Composer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Nevins   Composer
Zola Taylor   Composer
Tony Williams   Composer
Paul Robi   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Luther Dixon   Composer,Producer
Jeanette Miles   Composer
Fred Bronson   Liner Notes
Robert Mellin   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Georges Boulanger   Composer
Richard Wylie   Composer
Ande Rand   Composer
Kathryn Harrison   Composer
William White   Composer

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All-Time Greatest Hits 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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The Platters run of hits was not only among the most successful of the doo-wop groups, but also one of the most iconic. Their songs have become representatives of the era, with their dramatic delivery and romantic (both happy and sad) lyrics gracing seminal films like "American Graffitti," countless reissues and '50s compilations, and endless replays on oldies radio. // At 18 tracks, this collection doesn't have too much room to present anything beyond the band's hits - which speaks positively to the chart impact that the Platters maintained. All 18 of these tracks were Top-20 on either the Pop or R&B charts, or often, both. #1s include "Only You (And You Alone)," "The Great Pretender," "My Prayer," "Twilight Time," and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Surprisingly, essential tunes like "(You've Got) The Magic Touch," as familiar as they are, never made it to the top spot. // The combination of Buck Ram's songwriting, arranging and producing and lead vocalist Tony Williams' distinctive tenor elevated the group above the mass of one-hit doo-wop wonders from Los Angeles and New York. Mercury's collection pulls together hits from the original line-up, and several later tracks (recorded for Musicor) waxed by a later edition of the group.