The Drifters ‎– Saturday Night At The Club

Atlantic ‎– K 40412
Vinyl, LP, Compilation

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A1 Saturday Night At The Movies
Written-By – Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil*
A2 Country To The City
Written-By – Fredericks*, Leake*, Kitchings*, Moore*
A3 She Never Talked To Me That Way
Written-By – Fredericks*, Leake*, Kitchings*, Moore*
A4 Aretha
Written By – Berns-Barry
A5 Please Stay
Written-By – Bacharach & Hilliard*
A6 Beautiful Music
Written-By – Fredericks*, Leake*, Kitchings*, Moore*
A7 A Rose By Any Other Name
Written-By – Levine*, Wine*
B1 At The Club
Written-By – Carole King - Gerry Goffin*
B2 Be My Lady
Written By – Quin - Sanders
B3 Up Jumped The Devil
Written-By – Hamilton*, Recco*, Savoy*
B4 Still Burning In My Heart
Written By – McCoy - Stewart
B5 Only In America
Written-By – Leiber & Stoller, Mann And Weil
B6 Up In The Streets Of Harlem
Written-By – Beth Berns*
B7 Baby What I Mean
Written-By – Sheldon*, Hamilton*

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
K 40412 The Drifters Saturday Night At The Club(LP, Comp, W/Lbl) Atlantic K 40412 UK 1972 Sell This Version
SHM 3029 The Drifters Saturday Night At The Club(LP, Comp, RE) Pickwick Records SHM 3029 UK Unknown Sell This Version
HSC 3029 The Drifters Saturday Night At The Club(Cass, Comp, RE) Pickwick Records HSC 3029 UK Unknown Sell This Version



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November 6, 2017
This album was originally released I
at a crossroads in the Drifters career. Dropped by Atlantic in 1971 following 6 years of chart inactivity in the states, in the UK the Northern Soul scene was it reached number3 , and several of was the records were popular on the dance floors. The following year, Atlantic reissued a 3 track single, At the Club, Saturday Night at the Movies, and Memories Are Made Of This (a cover of the Dean Martin hit, and a minor US success in 1966). It reached number 3 in the UK hit parade, partly due to interest from the soul scene, and was the catalyst for this album. Not only did it include two of the singles three tracks, but it also had a distinctive Northern Soul vibe to most of the tracks. The rest of the tracks had that heart tugging pseudo Latino feel to them that the earlier Drifters hits featuring Rudy Lewis and Ben E King.

The Drifters biggest Northern Soul record, Baby What I Mean, is here, along with it's flip side, the pounding Aretha, and their last Atlantic single, A Rose by Any Other Name. Northern Soul has many differing sub styles to the genre, and these are well represented here. Dance tracks abound with a couple of Detroit recordings here. Up jumped the devil, was from the Ric Tic records production team, including Al Kent, Al Hamilton & Bob Recco, whilst Still Burning in my Heart was an ex Motown producer Robert Bateman production. R&B hit Up I the Streets of Harlem, adds a gritty sound, whilst both sides of their final Atlantic 45 are here as well, the superb but poppy A Rose by Any Other Name, which was a precursor for their Bell hits in both style and poppiness, and the classy Be my lady. Four of their essential Northern tracks are absent, namely You Can't Love Em All, and The Outside World, both B sides (Up in the Streets of Harlem and Follow Me, both being inferior to their B sides), the penultimate 45 You've Got to Pay your Dues, and Ain't it the truth, the A side to Up Jumped the devil. Album track Country to the City is another fast paced dancer, which is good, and extremely danceable but has that hit potential missing. But the best two tracks on the whole album are the single Baby what I mean (UK top 50 in 67) and it's fabulous flip, Aretha (a tribute to Lady Soul herself), which uses a speeded up version of the intro to Save The Last Dance For Me. It's obvious that after Bert Berns death in 1967, the Drifters golden touch vanished.
Apart from the two chart hits, the other tracks are all from the 1961/62 period, and don't really fit the tone of the rest of the album. They are interesting, including the US hit Please Stay, an excellent yet inferior version of Del Shannon's brilliant B side You Never Talked About Me, and an unreleased so g Only in America which was not issued due to a line about a black guy being president an insult to black people (where was Barack Obama?). This became a hit for Jay & The Americans. The album The Definitive Drifters from 30 years later included it, but erroneously claimed it hadn't been released til then.
Atlantic had just been taken over by Warners, and I think those tracks were there for fans of the old hits, as that was what had charted that year, hoping to tempt fans to buy it. The Northern Soul fans were well catered for, though the albums dual personality spoils it, and the four absent tracks i mentioned should have been included and the three earlier tracks omitted to leave a strong soul album.