The Drifters

This Magic Moment [Brentwood]

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The immortal Drifters provided the prototype for R&B vocal groups and 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 an impossibly high standard, helped in part by the songwriting and production talents of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Leiber and Stoller introduced innovative arrangements on the Drifters' hits, including odd orchestrations that keep these classic recordings sounding fresh some 40 years later. Not all the classics are here on this brief collection (both "Up on the Roof" and "Under the Boardwalk," for instance, are missing), but enough of them are here to make it worthwhile, including "On Broadway," "Some Kind of Wonderful," and "Save the Last Dance for Me."

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