Kevin Bryan’s record reviews
“The Very Best of the Drifters” (Metro Select)­ This enjoyably dated anthology focusses attention on the Drifters’ classic recordings from the fifties and early sixties,including several gems from Ben E.King’s highly productive stint with the group, including “Save The Last Dance For Me,” “This Magic Moment” and “There Goes My Baby,” the 1959 hit which made revolutionary use of a full string orchestra for the first time on a rock’n’roll record. Their constantly shifting line­up meant that in later years quite a few former members would take to the stage in an often vain attempt to convince audiences that they were the authentic Drifters, but the 58 tracks featured here are unquestionably the genuine article, and well worth an hour or so of anyone’s time.

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