The Drifters

The Drifters [Atlantic]

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The immortal Drifters set the stage for the onset of soul with over ten years of marvelous singles beginning in 1953. Blessed with a succession of great lead singers, starting with the angelic tenor of Clyde McPhatter through Ben E. King and the Rudy Lewis/Johnny Moore tandem of the later years, the Drifters set a high standard, helped in part by the songwriting and production talents of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Leiber & Stoller introduced innovative arrangements on the Drifters' hits, including odd but perfectly fitted orchestrations that keep these classic recordings sounding fresh some 40 years later. Most of the group's classic singles are here in this collection, including the loose urban trilogy of "On Broadway," "Up on the Roof," and "Under the Boardwalk."

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