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• Collection of 76 recordings by The Drifters featuring all of their chart hits of the period 1962 to 1971; including mono/stereo alternate takes of titles and five unissued songs only ever available on long deleted CDs released in 1996

• With two long-thought lost recordings, never originally released, ‘I Dig Your Act’ and ‘You And Me Together Forever’ making their world-wide debut on this 3 CD set.

• Compiled, annotated and produced for re-issue by Bob Fisher with assistance from one of the leading experts on Drifter’s history, Pete Burns. Designed by Michael Robson and mastered by Simon Murphy this is the definitive collection of one of The Drifters’ greatest eras – ‘The Soul Years’

The Drifters have always been one of the most beloved of all African American male vocal groups. This 3CD set is devoted to what we have called for simplification purposes, ‘The Soul Years’. It presents, in chronological order, all of the recording sessions they undertook for Atlantic Records between June 28th 1962 and January 5th 1971.

The accompanying booklet lists discographical information including the group line-up, the writers of the songs, the location and date of the recording sessions, and if known, the producer and arranger of the tracks. Plus, all of their UK and US chart positions

The Drifters were originally formed in 1953 by Clyde McPhatter, one of the most influential of ‘50s R&B vocalists. By 1958 the group had been replaced by another group by their manager and this group featured Ben E King as lead singer for a short time. Lead singers on the ‘Soul Years’ sessions are mainly Rudy Lewis or Johnny Moore.

By 1962 the group moved on from their early ‘50s R&B roots and late ‘50s symphonic pop sounds to embrace the coming of Soul music. Their journey through this genre was helped by renowned songwriters like Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Ellie Greenwich, Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman, Burt Bacharach, Hal David, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and producers like Bert Berns, Jerry Wexler and Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller.

If any more proof were needed of the never-ending appeal of The Drifters’ sound it was announced in late 2019 that a West End musical would be opening, The Drifters’ Girl – based on the career of the Drifters’ manager Faye Treadwell, starring Beverley Knight. At the time of writing it is set to premiere at Newcastle’s Theatre Royal on October 9th 2021 playing until October 23rd 2021 before opening at the Garrick Theatre in London on November 4th 2021.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE:

1 ANOTHER NIGHT WITH THE BOYS
2 UP ON THE ROOF
3 I FEEL GOOD ALL OVER
4 LET THE MUSIC PLAY
5 ON BROADWAY
6 BABY I DIG LOVE
7 ONLY IN AMERICA
8 RAT RACE
9 IF YOU DON’T COME BACK
10 I’LL TAKE YOU HOME
11 I’VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
12 IN THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE
13 DIDN’T IT?
14 BEAUTIFUL MUSIC
15 ONE WAY LOVE
16 VAYA CON DIOS
17 UNDER THE BOARDWALK (MONO)
18 HE’S JUST A PLAYBOY
19 I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITHOUT YOU
20 UNDER THE BOARDWALK (LIVE)
21 ON BROADWAY (LIVE)
22 THERE GOES MY BABY (LIVE)
23 I’VE GOT SAND IN MY SHOES
24 SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
25 UNDER THE BOARDWALK (STEREO)

DISC TWO:

1 SPANISH LACE (MONO)
2 THE CHRISTMAS SONG
3 I REMEMBER CHRISTMAS
4 QUANDO, QUANDO, QUANDO
5 I WISH YOU LOVE
6 TONIGHT
7 MORE
8 WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I?
9 THE GOOD LIFE
10 AS LONG AS SHE NEEDS ME
11 DESAFINADO
12 WHO CAN I TURN TO?
13 TEMPTATION
14 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE
15 NIGHT SHIFT
16 IN THE PARK
17 AT THE CLUB (MONO)
18 ANSWER THE PHONE (MONO)
19 LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE
20 FOLLOW ME
21 CHAINS OF LOVE
22 FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD
23 COME ON OVER TO MY PLACE
24 THE OUTSIDE WORLD
25 SPANISH LACE (STEREO)
26 AT THE CLUB (STEREO)
27 ANSWER THE PHONE (STEREO)

DISC THREE:

1 I’LL TAKE YOU WHERE THE MUSIC’S PLAYING
2 NYLON STOCKINGS
3 WE GOTTA SING
4 UP IN THE STREETS OF HARLEM
5 MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS
6 YOU CAN’T LOVE ‘EM ALL
7 MY ISLAND IN THE SUN
8 IT TAKES A GOOD WOMAN
9 ARETHA
10 BABY WHAT I MEAN
11 AIN’T IT THE TRUTH
12 UP JUMPED THE DEVIL
13 I DIG YOUR ACT
14 STILL BURNING IN MY HEART
15 I NEED YOU NOW
16 COUNTRY TO THE CITY
17 YOU AND ME TOGETHER FOREVER
18 YOUR BEST FRIEND
19 STEAL AWAY
20 BLACK SILK
21 YOU GOT TO PAY YOUR DUES
22 A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME (IS STILL A ROSE)
23 BE MY LADY
24 YOU BETTER MOVE ON

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DISC ONE:

1 ANOTHER NIGHT WITH THE BOYS
2 UP ON THE ROOF
3 I FEEL GOOD ALL OVER
4 LET THE MUSIC PLAY
5 ON BROADWAY
6 BABY I DIG LOVE
7 ONLY IN AMERICA
8 RAT RACE
9 IF YOU DON'T COME BACK
10 I'LL TAKE YOU HOME
11 I'VE LOVED YOU SO LONG
12 IN THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE
13 DIDN'T IT?
14 BEAUTIFUL MUSIC
15 ONE WAY LOVE
16 VAYA CON DIOS
17 UNDER THE BOARDWALK (MONO)
18 HE'S JUST A PLAYBOY
19 I DON'T WANT TO GO ON WITHOUT YOU
20 UNDER THE BOARDWALK (LIVE)
21 ON BROADWAY (LIVE)
22 THERE GOES MY BABY (LIVE)
23 I'VE GOT SAND IN MY SHOES
24 SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
25 UNDER THE BOARDWALK (STEREO)

DISC TWO:

1 SPANISH LACE (MONO)
2 THE CHRISTMAS SONG
3 I REMEMBER CHRISTMAS
4 QUANDO, QUANDO, QUANDO
5 I WISH YOU LOVE
6 TONIGHT
7 MORE
8 WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I?
9 THE GOOD LIFE
10 AS LONG AS SHE NEEDS ME
11 DESAFINADO
12 WHO CAN I TURN TO?
13 TEMPTATION
14 ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE
15 NIGHT SHIFT
16 IN THE PARK
17 AT THE CLUB (MONO)
18 ANSWER THE PHONE (MONO)
19 LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF LOVE
20 FOLLOW ME
21 CHAINS OF LOVE
22 FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD
23 COME ON OVER TO MY PLACE
24 THE OUTSIDE WORLD
25 SPANISH LACE (STEREO)
26 AT THE CLUB (STEREO)
27 ANSWER THE PHONE (STEREO)

DISC THREE:

1 I'LL TAKE YOU WHERE THE MUSIC'S PLAYING
2 NYLON STOCKINGS
3 WE GOTTA SING
4 UP IN THE STREETS OF HARLEM
5 MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS
6 YOU CAN'T LOVE ‘EM ALL
7 MY ISLAND IN THE SUN
8 IT TAKES A GOOD WOMAN
9 ARETHA
10 BABY WHAT I MEAN
11 AIN’T IT THE TRUTH
12 UP JUMPED THE DEVIL
13 I DIG YOUR ACT
14 STILL BURNING IN MY HEART
15 I NEED YOU NOW
16 COUNTRY TO THE CITY
17 YOU AND ME TOGETHER FOREVER
18 YOUR BEST FRIEND
19 STEAL AWAY
20 BLACK SILK
21 YOU GOT TO PAY YOUR DUES
22 A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME (IS STILL A ROSE)
23 BE MY LADY
24 YOU BETTER MOVE ON