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Drifters Box [Best of, Box set]

Drifters Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Let The Boogie Woogie Roll
2. Money Honey
3. Lucille
4. The Way I Feel
5. Such A Night
6. Gone
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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
See all 27 tracks on this disc
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
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Vocal groups and styles came and went from the 1950s through the 1980s, but somehow the Drifters evolved and persevered, spanning doo-wop and disco before being relegated exclusively to the oldies touring circuit. Rockin' & Driftin' collects highlights from the group's embryonic Clyde McPhatter-led era (beginning with 1953's "Money Honey") into the mid-'70s, when the group still had some standing in the U.K. "On Broadway," "There Goes My Baby," "Up on the Roof," "Under the Boardwalk"--they're all included in this handsome, thoroughly annotated three-disc box set. All told, there are 79 selections here; the 16-song Very Best of the Drifters is a viable option for more casual fans interested in a selection of '59 to '64 smashes. More thorough-minded fans of vocal groups will find that Rockin' & Driftin' satisfies their hunger for Drifters nuggets great and small. --Steven Stolder

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5.0 out of 5 stars All the Drifters you ever wanted Oct. 29 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This pricey 3 CD set contains all the charted Drifters tunes from 1953 through 1976 as well as selected single records by Clyde McPhatter and Ben E. King. During those 23 years, the Drifters music evolved from R&B doo-wop to main stream rock and roll and then to soul, matching the evolution of popular music.The 79 cuts on these 3 CD's reflect those 3 styles of music. For collecters, this is a great way to acquire a myriad of memorable hit songs. For fans of a particular style of music, this package may be too broad to consider. Overall, this is an outstanding collection of 50's and 60's pop music.The only unwarranted cut among the 79 is a live version of "On Broadway". All 78 others are legitmate original singles by the Drifters or one of their former lead singers.The liner notes are well written and full of interesting details on the Drifters history, especially the succession of lead singers. The included discography is complete except that it omits the songs by the former lead singers that are included on the CD's.I was annoyed by the packaging of this box set which does not include jewel cases for the individual CD's. They are fixed into the "box' so you can't stack them with your other CD's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant Sept. 18 2002
Format:Audio CD
if you like the drifters and you haven't yet purchased this box set then do so now. the sound quality is spot on and the tracklisting is superb <though i would have liked to have seen a few more rarities on it>. these are not pale imitations like a lot of drifters records appear to be nowadays- these are the bonafide originals. the cd spans through their entire lifespan from the original df#riftrs with the inimitable clyde mcphatter right through to the seventies recordings on bell records. it's a shame that there's not a few more songs on here- four disks could easily have held 100+ songs, but this is still an excellent and worthwhile addition to any cd collection. buy it now and dance, sing and swing along or just cozy up to it on one of those cold winters nighty- a must.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff! A few quirky things though... May 21 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I agree with the other review in that having the CDs fixed into the box is a mistake - otherwise very nice packaging. AND, I disagree that ALL of their hits are here. According to Cashbox, their very 1st & very last hits "Moonlight Bay" and "Baby What I Mean" repectively are not included!? Otherwise, the perfect Drifters collection of original hits & very comprehensive & complete booklet with it. Perfect sound quality make this a doo-wop listeners must-have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rockin & Driftin - with 6 leads Dec 21 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the CD I have been looking for for a while. With Clyde delivering Money Honey, Bobby drilling out Drip Drop, Johnny Moore riveting out Ruby Baby, Ben melodically phrasing There Goes My Baby, Johnny Williams pleading (If You Cry) True Love, True Love, Rudy On Broadway, and many other hits, you get in my opinion the best of all the Drifters, and some of Ben's and Clyde's solo hits. This CD captures it all. You must have this collection as part of your music library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent March 12 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being a collector of old do-wop 45's; I appreciate the original sounds. These are not remakes of Drifters that followed the orginial singers. I like the pamphlet that came with the CD's, a nice little history background. It's worth the money.
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