Up On The Roof: The Best Of The Drifters (Remastered) The Drifters

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Label: Warner Music Group

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

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  • 1Up On The Roof02:40
  • 2There Goes My Baby02:14
  • 3Sweets For My Sweet02:30
  • 4This Magic Moment02:30
  • 5Mexican Divorce02:37
  • 6Stranger On The Shore02:41
  • 7What To Do02:57
  • 8Save The Last Dance For Me02:30
  • 9Loneliness Or Happiness02:38
  • 10Another Night With The Boys02:50
  • 11(If You Cry) True Love, True Love02:23
  • 12Room Full Of Tears02:45
  • 13When My Little Girl Is Smiling02:31
  • 14Ruby Baby02:23
  • Total Runtime36:09

Info for Up On The Roof: The Best Of The Drifters (Remastered)

„This volume of Sequel Records' Drifters reissues series is adapted from the 1963 compilation Up on the Roof (The Best of the Drifters), expanded to 20 songs and partly reprogrammed. The result is a volume devoted entirely to the singing of Rudy Lewis, whose voice was the focal point of the Drifters' success from 1960 through 1964, the longest tenure of any lead singer in the group's recording history. There are major hits here, including 'Some Kind of Wonderful,' 'Up on the Roof,' and 'On Broadway,' which sound superb in these fresh remasterings. However, the real attractions are the lesser hits, B-sides, and album tracks. Opening with the achingly beautiful 'Please Stay,' the disc encompasses songs, from three years' worth of recording sessions, that were originally spread among almost a dozen singles and several albums. The collection includes everything from slow ballads like 'Loneliness or Happiness' (a Burt Bacharach/Hal David song done as a soul number) and 'Mexican Divorce' to bracing Pomus/Shuman-authored dance numbers like 'Somebody New Dancing With You' and 'She Never Talked to Me That Way' to blues and R&B showcases like 'Jackpot' and 'What to Do.' All of these songs reflect the post-1959 Drifters approach, with gentle orchestrations (utterly unobtrusive on the harder R&B numbers here) and, in some instances, female vocal accompaniment (courtesy of Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee Warwick, and Doris Troy). Lewis' voice is the dominant instrument, however, and the CD is virtually a memorial album to this lost star of 1960s soul. Also included are a handful of tracks that were only discovered in the vaults years or decades later, among them 'Only in America' and 'Beautiful Music,' all of which were every bit as worthwhile as the work that was released.“ (Bruce Eder, Rovi)

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The Drifters
As one of the biggest selling bands of all time, The Drifters have collated a huge catalogue of over 50 hits, including timeless classics such as 'Saturday Night at the Movies,' 'Under The Boardwalk,' 'On Broadway,' 'Up on the Roof', 'Come On Over To My Place' and 'Kissing In The Back Row of the Movies.'

The Drifters have sold in excess of 214 million singles and 114 million albums across the world and are also one of the longest serving bands in history. Since 1953, more than 60 vocalists have performed as part of the group, including icons such as Clyde McPhatter, Ben E King, Rudy Lewis and Johnny Moore. During this time, the only constant has been the Treadwell family, who founded the group back in 1953 and who still own the group to this day.

The current line up is proud and honoured to be the latest chapter in the Treadwell dynasty and uphold the musical and performance values instilled by George Treadwell. The group is currently touring to great acclaim and their music continues to go from strength to strength with the release of a brand new album, entitled 'The Drifters: Five Decades and Moore,' on the Atlantic/Warner label in memory of the late great Johnny Moore.

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