Back to Back: The Drifters & The Coasters

by: The Drifters & The Coasters

K-Tel's Back to Back series is in theory a pretty good idea. Take two bands or artists, select their five best songs, and end up with two mini-"best of" collections on one disc. In practice, the series often falls flat due to an incongruous pairing of artists, or in the case of the Drifters /Coasters disc, the use of re-recorded versions of the band's songs. None of the ten songs here is an original, and that fact alone should be enough to discourage you from buying this disc. There are other low-cost collections of both artists that use original recordings; seek them out instead. And watch out for the dreaded re-recordings when checking out other entries in this series. ~ Tim Sendra

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