ON BROADWAY * THE DRIFTERS * LONDON ATLANTIC 9699 * UK
Sadness, loneliness, adversity and failure were a feature of many of the 'new' Drifters songs from There Goes My Baby, including: Lonely Winds, I Count The Tears, Room Full Of Tears, Please Stay, Somebody New Dancing With You and Another Night With The Boys. Then, with Up On The Roof, things had changed; although the sadness, loneliness and adversity were still there, the sense of failure had turned to a positive determination where failure was no longer an option; as in the above and the follow up release Rat Race. Released at the very beginning of 1963 On Broadway has the feel of a song from a stage musical, which somehow works perfectly well as a Soul record, it could have something to do with the numerous talents that were involved with it; as apart from Rudy Lewis singing lead with the rest of The Drifters there was additional vocal accompaniment from Dionne and Dee Dee Warwick, Cissy Huston and Doris Troy, the song was written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller, with orchestra arranged and conducted by Bert Keys, and overall production by Leiber and Stoller, and if that wasn't enough talent for one record the next side was written by Bert Bacharach and Hal David!
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