Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Drifters/Music View

Asking those mom and pops across the globe on which Drifter group is their favorite you might get various opinion depending on the age group and year in which the songs were recorded and heard on public radio. Recently it has been brought to my attention concern over what direction the Drifters brand has taken since the new management has taken over from what use to be Treadwell formula for success of the group. In my opinion today's rendition of the Drifters can never be what was in the bygone eras. There are no longer any great stylus singers like which came out of the early years. Many of the writers of today also lack that gift of what made the writers of yesteryear so great. Drifter voices were unique as many of the voices of the groups of the period with there solid bass, baritone, second and first tenor sound. Today's music and production is very gimmicky. There is a lot of stage management which lends to much robotic movement and unnatural flow in that movement. Now the truth is today's generation only know what they are brought up on. So there is a generation out there that wouldn't have a clue what the original sound was truly all about. Treadwells formula was a winning formula and has been lost in the mix in today's production of the group. A successful formula is what it is! It can be modified but it should never be abandoned. What was truly an American style has been modified with British accents. Though the British flavor has it's own unique style to it. It's not what made this American group.


Sunday, June 2, 2013

The Drifter Wars/Brand vs Band (Controversy and Facts)

Call it what you like but the fact is what we call The Drifters is no more than a brand a concept that began way back in 1953, which hired and fired it's members giving them low salaries and virtually no royalties on recordings. The Drifters is one of those sad stories of brand vs band where the only identity is in the brands name and members for the most part were forever banded from using or identifying ever being with a group called The Drifters according to contractual agreement that members signed. Though the paradox in all of that one signed over the use of name and likeness which is a standard in the recording industry to promote the brand and product. Another strange paradox is management and lawyers for the brand would claim that those who made up the group around the lead singer were only session singers when it came down to royalty issues and were not Drifters, though you were the Drifters for all other purposes. In other cases members were hired and fired so fast that there would never be a chance for any sound claim to any lasting identity with the Legendary brand or group so to speak. The lead singers were the only ones who had lasting identity with the brand during the early part of the groups history and much of the 60 or more members who came through it's ranks are lost through the pages of history. Not so though with The Bell/Arista  period as this lineup managed to stay together for four to five years, recording a number of albums and songs that became big hits during the 70s. Unlike many of the members during the earlier years each of it's members became household names unto themselves and their identity became ever fixed to the Drifter history lineage.

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