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The Drifters: We Gotta Sing! - The Soul Years 1962-71 (3-CD)

A stunning 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

Including 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’

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  • Interpret: The Drifters

  • Album titlle: We Gotta Sing! - The Soul Years 1962-71 (3-CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Artikelart CD

  • Label Strawberry Records

  • EAN: 5013929430433

  • weight in Kg 0.14
Drifters, The - We Gotta Sing! - The Soul Years 1962-71 (3-CD) CD 1
01 Another night with the boys The Drifters
02 Up on the roof The Drifters
03 I feel good all over The Drifters
04 Let the music play The Drifters
05 On Broadway The Drifters
06 Baby I dig love The Drifters
07 Only in america The Drifters
08 Rat race The Drifters
09 If you don't come back The Drifters
10 I'll take you home The Drifters
11 I've loved you so long The Drifters
12 In the land of make believe The Drifters
13 Didn't it? The Drifters
14 Beautiful music The Drifters
15 One way love The Drifters
16 Vaya con dios The Drifters
17 Under the boardwalk (mono) The Drifters
18 He's just a playboy The Drifters
19 I don't want to go on without you The Drifters
20 Under the boardwalk (live) The Drifters
21 On Broadway (live) The Drifters
22 There goes my baby (live) The Drifters
23 I've got sand in my shoes The Drifters
24 Saturday night at the movies The Drifters
25 Under the boardwalk (stereo) The Drifters
Drifters, The - We Gotta Sing! - The Soul Years 1962-71 (3-CD) CD 2
01 Spanish lace (mono) The Drifters
02 The christmas song The Drifters
03 I remember Christmas The Drifters
04 Quando, quando, quando The Drifters
05 I wish you love The Drifters
06 Tonight The Drifters
07 More The Drifters
08 What kind of fool am i? The Drifters
09 The good life The Drifters
10 As long as she needs me The Drifters
11 Desafinado The Drifters
12 Who can I turn to? The Drifters
13 Temptation The Drifters
14 On the street where you live The Drifters
15 Night shift The Drifters
16 In the park The Drifters
17 At the club (mono) The Drifters
18 Answer the phone (mono) The Drifters
19 Looking through the eyes of love The Drifters
20 Follow me The Drifters
21 Chains of love The Drifters
22 Far from the maddening crowd The Drifters
23 Come on over to my place The Drifters
24 The outside world The Drifters
25 Spanish lace (stereo) The Drifters
26 At the club (stereo) The Drifters
27 Answer the phone (stereo) The Drifters
Drifters, The - We Gotta Sing! - The Soul Years 1962-71 (3-CD) CD 3
01 I'll take you where the music's playing The Drifters
02 Nylon stockings The Drifters
03 We gotta sing The Drifters
04 Up in the streets of harlem The Drifters
05 Memories are made of this The Drifters
06 You can't love 'em all The Drifters
07 My island in the sun The Drifters
08 It takes a good woman The Drifters
09 Aretha The Drifters
10 Baby what I mean The Drifters
11 Ain't it the truth The Drifters
12 Up jumped the devil The Drifters
13 I dig your act The Drifters
14 Still burning in my heart The Drifters
15 I need you now The Drifters
16 Country to the city The Drifters
17 You and me together forever The Drifters
18 Your best friend The Drifters
19 Steal away The Drifters
20 Black silk The Drifters
21 You got to pay your dues The Drifters
22 A rose by any other name (is still a rose) The Drifters
23 Be my lady The Drifters
24 You better move on The Drifters
The Drifters On the surface, the name of The Drifters sounds more like a country combo... more
"The Drifters"

The Drifters

On the surface, the name of The Drifters sounds more like a country combo wearing Stetson hats, twangy guitars, and lonesome expressions on their faces than the most important R&B vocal group of two different and very distinct eras. During the period leading directly into rock and roll's mainstream rise, The Drifters were a sensational hitmaking vehicle for the spectacular lead vocals of Clyde McPhatter, one of the seminal figures in rhythm and blues history due to his extensive use of gospel-rooted melisma in his high-flying leads.

"The marvel of Clyde was you never could tell whether those high notes were in natural voice or falsetto. I believe they were all natural," said his late Atlantic Records co-producer, Jerry Wexler. "It was incredible."

After Clyde went solo, the group utilized a series of replacement leads possessing their own considerable vocal strengths, scoring more hits on a lesser level. Then The Drifters were reborn with all new members, riding a daring violin-and-percussion-enriched sound eventually christened uptown soul to the same stratospheric chart heights McPhatter had previously taken them to.

Manager George Treadwell and New York-based Atlantic kept right on releasing product under the valuable name into the '70s. If anything, the former Crowns, initially led by Ben E. King, became an even bigger commercial commodity than Clyde's original lineup after they were installed as the new Drifters; they stuck around the scene longer despite enduring another endless series of personnel changes. Like Clyde, Ben E. didn't stay for long, his curt dismissal by Drifters management failing to impede the group's fortunes one iota.

It didn't hurt to have some of the industry's top producers and songwriters in The Drifters' corner to help them segue seamlessly into the soul era. The name itself retained its value long after the hits stopped coming; witness the countless phony Drifters aggregations criss-crossing the U.S. to this day, populated by singers young enough to be McPhatter's grandkids. But when Clyde was barely able to legally buy a drink in a Manhattan bar, his Drifters exploded into the most innovative R&B group on the scene, posting seven major hits on Atlantic from late 1953 through early '55, including a pair of chart-toppers. A mere handful of other pioneers - Ray Charles, The "5" Royales – brought as much sanctified passion to their uplifting vocal deliveries as McPhatter did that early in the game.

In those days, The Drifters rocked, as this compilation amply illustrates. In an era when sweetly harmonized love ballads were the preferred repertoire for most black vocal groups, the Drifters weren't afraid to cut loose with unrestrained up-tempo numbers brilliantly showcasing McPhatter's church-imbued lead tenor and the rafter-rattling backup of his fellow Drifters. Atlantic honcho Ahmet Ertegun was a McPhatter fan even before he signed him, having watched him front Billy Ward's Dominoes until the dictatorial Ward fired the young singer during a high-profile New York engagement in the spring of 1953.

"Ahmet loved the Dominoes," said Wexler. "He went to Birdland to see Billy Ward. And Billy Ward used to run his band like James Brown did. There were fines for this and fines for that - fines for unshined shoes, for missing a note, whatever. So after they did their show, Ahmet went backstage and he said to Billy, 'Where's Clyde? I didn't see him this evening.' He said, 'I fired his ass!' So Ahmet went uptown and found him, and that was it."

McPhatter subsequently became a hero to an entire generation of up-and-coming lead tenors. "So many people paid debts to him," said Wexler. "All the high-voiced singers, including Smokey Robinson, Aaron Neville, you name them. None of them fails to hail Clyde as a main influence."

"When I got to be about 11 or 12, I became interested more in what they termed then as the R&B music and the rock and roll kind of sound," says Smokey. "Billy Ward was the leader of a group called the Dominoes, in which Clyde McPhatter sang the lead vocals. The first record I ever heard by them was a record called 'Have Mercy Baby.' I mean, I thought it was a woman singing the song! And I had one of these real high voices when I used to sing.

"Then I went to this theater in Detroit called the Broadway Capitol, and they were playing there. And I saw that it was Clyde McPhatter singing, man, and that really was inspirational to me, because I had a high voice, and the girls were going crazy over him. So Clyde McPhatter was probably like my first male idol as a singer."

Add Nolan Strong of The Diablos, Dee Clark, Marv Johnson, Donnie Elbert, Jimmy 'Handy Man' Jones, and subsequent Drifters front men David Baughan, Johnny Moore, and Bobby Hendricks to the select list of McPhatter disciples. Once an impressionable young tenor absorbed Clyde's intoxicating innovations, it was difficult for him not to be permanently swayed.

"Clyde had the high thing I used to like to do," confirms Neville. Even singers whose styles weren't all that obviously influenced by him are quick to pay tribute. "My main idol was the late Clyde McPhatter," says Gary U.S. Bonds.

Clyde came by his gospel influences organically. Born November 15, 1932 in Durham, North Carolina, McPhatter's father preached at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, and his mother played the organ for services. Clyde started singing in the choir at age five. Before he was 10, he was soloing. The McPhatters (there were seven kids in all) relocated to Harlem during the mid-1940s. Clyde joined a young gospel aggregation, The Mount Lebanon Singers, while in high school. They made a heavenly name for themselves not just in New York, but along the East Coast.

The temptation of secular music proved irresistible for McPhatter. He competed in the Apollo Theatre's weekly amateur contest in 1950, crooning Lonnie Johnson's Tomorrow Night his way and finishing high in the voting. Ward was in the process of assembling a new group with agent Rose Marks that they envisioned challenging The Ravens and Orioles, the two hottest R&B harmony groups around at the time. He offered McPhatter a chance to audition (fellow Mount Lebanon Singer Charlie White came along for the ride and ended up being hired as well). The classically trained Ward got an earful of Clyde's thrilling tenor and was brought on board, the new group initially christened The Ques. An appearance on the 'Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts' preceded veteran guitarist Rene Hall sending them in the direction of Syd Nathan's King Records. 

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Tracklist
Drifters, The - We Gotta Sing! - The Soul Years 1962-71 (3-CD) CD 1
01 Another night with the boys
02 Up on the roof
03 I feel good all over
04 Let the music play
05 On Broadway
06 Baby I dig love
07 Only in america
08 Rat race
09 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)
Drifters, The - We Gotta Sing! - The Soul Years 1962-71 (3-CD) CD 2
01 Spanish lace (mono)
02 The christmas song
03 I remember Christmas
04 Quando, quando, quando
05 I wish you love
06 Tonight
07 More
08 What kind of fool am i?
09 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)
Drifters, The - We Gotta Sing! - The Soul Years 1962-71 (3-CD) CD 3
01 I'll take you where the music's playing
02 Nylon stockings
03 We gotta sing
04 Up in the streets of harlem
05 Memories are made of this
06 You can't love 'em all
07 My island in the sun
08 It takes a good woman
09 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