The Platters

The Complete A & B Sides 1953-62

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The Platters merged Tin Pan Alley pop with just enough R&B grit to prefigure what came to be known as soul, and they were one of the most important vocal groups of the 1950s. The Platters were instrumental in putting black vocal groups on the pop map, charting with a dozen gold singles including the acknowledged classics "Only You" and "The Great Pretender," and their cover of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," originally recorded by Paul Whiteman in 1933, has become the definitive version of this beautiful song. This three-disc, 73-track collection has all the A- and B-sides of the singles (35 of which charted) the Platters released on the Federal and Mercury labels between 1953 and 1962, making it a nice survey of the group's first decade.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:26
2 2:09
3 3:13
4 2:44
5 2:02
6 2:16
7 2:22
8
2:58
9
2:10
10
2:41
11 2:37
12 2:22
13 2:38
14 2:28
15 2:38
16 2:14
17 2:53
18 2:17
19 2:30
20 2:07
21 2:46
22 2:34
23 2:39
24 2:24

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:37
2 2:24
3 2:45
4 2:39
5 2:26
6 2:40
7 2:22
8 2:33
9 2:50
10 3:09
11 3:09
12 2:15
13 2:30
14 2:23
15 2:53
16 2:47
17 2:26
18 1:54
19 2:27
20 2:34
21 2:04
22 2:02
23 2:05
24 2:01
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