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The Drifters - Original Album Series [Box Set] (2009)

18-11-2014, 12:20
Music | Soul | Funk | R&B | Pop | Oldies | FLAC / APE

The Drifters - Original Album Series [Box Set] (2009)

Artist: The Drifters
Title Of Album: Original Album Series
Year Of Release: 2009
Label: Atlantic/Rhino Records / 8122-79837-3
Genre: Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Pop, Doo Wop
Total Time: 2:44:21
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
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The Drifters - Original Album Series [Box Set] (2009)

All five single card sleeves reflect the 'original' front and rear US LP artwork and as you can see from the track numbers above, there are no bonuses (Amazon's listings are incorrect on this), just straightforward Repros of the original American albums. Also each front sleeve is also now 'bordered' with a colour and the label on the CD then reflects that colour code (so no original label artwork reproduced). The outer card box is lightweight and therefore a little bit flimsy (unlike the glossy hard-card Sony issues) and there's no downloadable track details either. Once out of the box though, those cool Atlantic rear sleeves are just so lovely to look at - and even though the type is very small given the 5" size - the original liner notes are actually readable. Very tastily done.
Unlike many other titles in this series (repackaging of crappy Eighties titles that have been in the marketplace for years) these titles ARE the Atlantic/Rhino remasters of old and therefore their sound is just gorgeous - really lovely to listen to. Also - stripped of their bonus tracks - you really get the 'feel' of the original album as first produced - and combined with the original artwork on both sides of the card sleeve - they're hugely evocative of the period. In my books this is one of those occasions where 'bonus' tracks would have been unnecessarily intrusive.

Musically this box is really a tale of two worlds - the first two albums "Rock & Roll" and "Rockin' & Driftin'" are Fifties Rhythm 'n' Blues (the Clyde McPhatter period, lyrics above) while the next three are early Sixties soul - so essentially you get top listening material on two musical fronts.
Summing up - this little box set is a gem - one of my favourites in the series so far - and an awful lot of great music for not a whole lot of money. Many of the titles so far in this series have elicited bitter disappointment among fans, but this is one you should definitely take on board.


CD 1 - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
01] Without Love (There Is Nothing)
02] Someday You'll Want Me To Want You
03] Treasure Of Love
04] I'm Not Worthy Of You
05] Bells Of St. Mary's
06] White Chrismas
07] I Make Believe
08] Seven Days
09] Warm Your Heart
10] Money Honey
11] Whatcha Gonna Do
12] Such A Night
13] Honey Love
14] Thirty Days

CD 2 - Rockin' & Driftin'
01] Moonlight Bay
02] Ruby Baby
03] Drip Drop
04] I Gotta Get Myself A Woman
05] Fools Fall In Love
06] Hypnotized
07] Yodee Yakee
08] I Know
09] Soldier Of Fortune
10] Drifting Away From You
11] Your Promise To Be Mine
12] It Was A Tear
13] Adorable
14] Steamboat

CD 3 - Save The Last Dance For Me
01] Save The Last Dance For Me
02] I Count The Tears
03] Somebody New Dancin' With You
04] Jackpot
05] No Sweet Lovin'
06] Sweets For My Sweet
07] Mexican Divorce
08] When My Little Girl Is Smiling
09] Some Kind Of Wonderful
10] Please Stay
11] Nobody But Me
12] Room Full Of Tears

CD 4 - Under The Boardwalk
01] Under The Boardwalk
02] One Way Love
03] On Broadway
04] Didn't It
05] I Feel Good All Over
06] Vaya Con Dios
07] Up On The Roof
08] Rat Race
09] In The Land Of Make Believe
10] If You Don't Come Back
11] Let The Music Play
12] I'll Take You Home

CD 5 - I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing
01] I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing
02] I've Got Sand In My Shoes
03] At The Club
04] I Don't Want To Go On Without You
05] Answer The Phone
06] He's Just A Playboy
07] Follow Me
08] Spanish Lace
09] Chains Of Love
10] Far From The Maddening Crowd
11] The Outside World
12] Come On Over To My Place



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