A lesser-known chapter in the career of The Drifters
, at least on this side of the Atlantic – as both of the records here were part of their early 70s revival in the UK! Now is the first comeback set for the group – who at this point feature the lineup of singers Johnny Moore, Butch Leake, Bill Fredericks, and Grant Kitching. The "now" in the title is taken quite seriously – as the record features the group singing a number of late 60s/
early 70s pop tunes, plus a number from the Roger Cook-Roger Greenaway team, who also helped to produce the album. The overall production style is in an east coast early 70s mode – but there's also kind of an easy/
adult contemporary sound going on here as well, which is a bit strange. Titles include "Love Me The Life I Lead", "Every Night", "You've Got Your Troubles", "Like Sister & Brother", "The Songs We Used To Sing", "I'm Feeling Sad", "Say Goodbye To Angelina", and "Deep Down Inside". Love Games furthers The Drifters
' relationship with the Cook/
Greenaway team – again with production by the pair, and a good number of original tunes too – all cuts that are a nice update of the older Drifters
sound of the 60s, a smoother 70s take on the earlier soul groove – but still in a way that brings out all the best lilting vocal qualities of the group. Titles include "If It Feels Good Do It", "Down On The Beach Tonight", "The Cut Is Deep", "Like Sister & Brother", "Love Games", "I Can't Get Away From You", and "I Can't Live Without You".
(Out of print.)