The Platters reached their greatest fame at the end of the 50s – but we've always been much bigger fans of their mid 60s work for Musicor, sides that took the group into much stronger soul territory – and featured some tremendous tunes in both sweet and Northern soul styles! By the time of these tracks, lead singer Tony Williams – the group's "voice" in their classic years – had long since departed, and in his place was the rougher, more soul-styled vocalist Sonny Turner – a great singer who really transformed the group's sound, along with producers Luther Dixon, Popcorn
Wylie, and others, who cooked up The Platters' groove with plenty of Detroit and New York soul touches of the time! Given the initial sophistication of The Platters sound, the group were a perfect choice to take on some of the classier modes of 60s soul – and as you'll hear on this set, they had an incredible way with a tune that really pulled out the hooks and set a personal edge on their tunes, even when they were working with tracks done by other artists. And despite a few standout hits from this stretch, most of the group's work is far lesser-known – making this overstuffed CD a great discovery in 60s soul – a much-needed look at some excellent tunes that really slipped through the cracks over the years, most likely because of a focus on the group's bigger early hits. 28 tracks in all, with great notes on the music – and a set list that includes "Sweet Sweet Lovin", "Goin Back To Detroit", "Devri", "Doesn't It Ring A Bell", "With This Ring", "I Love You 1000 Times", "Baby Baby", "Singalingaloo", "Get A Hold Of Yourself", "Washed Ashore", "Sonata", "Why", "What Name Shall I Give You My Love", and "Think Before You Walk Away".