Rock & Roll

Rock & Roll

by The DriftersThe Drifters
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On Rock & Roll (1957), listeners are treated to the first LP from the Drifters boasting lead vocals from the inimitable Clyde McPhatter. Although their precise lineage remained hotly contested, there is evidence of at least two earlier incarnations of the combo prior to McPhatter joining the ranks of Gerhart Thrasher (tenor) and Andrew Thrasher (baritone), Bill Pinkney (bass and lead on "White Christmas"), and accompanist Jimmy Oliver (guitar). McPhatter's top billing afforded a few exceptional solos within -- particularly the opener "Without Love" and "Treasure of Love," and the old-school balladry of "I'm Not Worthy." An additional facet of the Drifters' signature sound -- especially during the McPhatter era -- is the amusing and upbeat "Honey Love" -- which was written by McPhatter and producer Jerry Wexler -- who was credited as J. Gerald. Other classics found within are "Money Honey" and "Such a Night" -- each of which are considered essential Drifters' entries in their own right. As mentioned above, it is Bill Pinkney's sonorous bass that drives the cover of the seasonal selection "White Christmas" -- a tune that has become a perennial favorite for oldies enthusiasts. It unwittingly overshadows the Drifters' equally doo wop-inspired update of "Bells of St. Mary." They project the same feel on the gospel-fueled "Whatcha Gonna Do," a number written by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. He is likewise joined by the talents of Wexler (again as J. Gerald) and even famed engineer Tom Dowd on the bluesy "Warm Your Heart." Closing out Rock & Roll is a perfect example of just that on "Thirty Days," which, despite a similar title, is not the Chuck Berry rocker.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2007
Label: Collector's Choice
UPC: 0617742081725
catalogNumber: 8172

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Drifters   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Clyde McPhatter   Composer
Jackie Wilson   Author
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Danny Small   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Gene Sculatti   Liner Notes
Lou Stallman   Composer
Carmen Taylor   Composer
Willis Carroll   Composer
Douglas Farber   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer,Reissue Producer
Guy Remark   Liner Notes

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