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Clyde McPhatter & the Drifters

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Review

The Drifters' debut album didn't appear until 1956, more than a year after Clyde McPhatter had left the group that he founded. Thus, this LP was actually an oldies release from the date of its first appearance, and even more so when it was repackaged in 1958 (a time when McPhatter's solo career was running as hot as a pistol). With McPhatter's high tenor voice featured as the lead on every song (basso Bill Pinkney occasionally stepped forward as well), this release and its title made perfect commercial sense on either date. For fans of the singer or the group, or anyone who wasn't around to buy the singles assembled here when they first came out, this is an awesome collection. Numbers like "Money Honey" became the basic language of rock & roll as surely as anything ever written by Chuck Berry, and soaring soul ballads like "Warm Your Heart" are good to hear in any era. On hot "jump" numbers like "What'cha Gonna Do?," McPhatter uncannily anticipates the sound upon which Jackie Wilson would build his career in the second half of the '50s. In short, this is an album that just didn't stop rocking. Helping out in the endeavor were saxman Sam "The Man" Taylor and guitarist Jimmy Oliver, who shines with some particularly hard-edged playing on "Warm Your Heart." ~ Bruce Eder
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Without Love (There Is Nothing) The Drifters/Clyde Mcphatter 2:56
  3. 2 Someday You'll Want Me to Want You The Drifters 2:51
  4. 3 Treasure of Love The Drifters/Clyde Mcphatter 2:7
  5. 4 I'm Not Worthy of You The Drifters/Clyde Mcphatter 2:38
  6. 5 The Bells of St. Mary's The Drifters 2:37
  7. 6 White Christmas The Drifters 2:38
  8. 7 I Make Believe The Drifters 2:55
  9. 8 Seven Days The Drifters/Clyde Mcphatter 2:27
  10. 9 Warm Your Heart The Drifters/Clyde Mcphatter 2:44
  11. 10 Money Honey The Drifters 2:55
  12. 11 Whatcha Gonna Do The Drifters 2:44
  13. 12 Such a Night The Drifters 2:28
  14. 13 Honey Love The Drifters 2:23
  15. 14 Thirty Days The Drifters/Clyde Mcphatter 2:7

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