Tom Sinclair
May 17, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Rockin' & Driftin': The Drifters Box

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Reissues

We gave it an A

In the ’50s and early ’60s, Atlantic Records dominated black rock, and its flagship group was the Drifters. The group had four magnificent lead singers (Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Rudy Lewis, and Johnny Moore) and two identities: early on, a gutbucket vitality (”Money Honey”), and later, a bittersweet urbanity (”Up on the Roof”). Rhino stretches things in Rockin’ & Driftin’: The Drifters Box by documenting McPhatter’s solo career and (some of) King’s, but that’s all right. It means we get gems like ”A Lover’s Question” and ”Spanish Harlem.” A

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