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Album Review

Like any record company worth their salt, MCA knows a good gimmick when they see it, and when the millennium came around, the 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection wasn't too far behind. Supposedly, the millennium is a momentous occasion, but it's hard to feel that way when it's used as another excuse to turn out a budget-line series. But apart from the presumptuous title, 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection turns out to be a very good budget-line series. True, it's impossible for any of these brief collections to be definitive, but they're nevertheless solid samplers that don't feature a bad song in the bunch. For example, take the Platters' 20th Century volume — it's an irresistible, budget-priced summary of their prime recordings. There may be a couple of noteworthy songs missing, but many of their best-known songs are here, including "The Great Pretender" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Serious fans will want something more extensive, but this is an excellent introduction for neophytes and a great sampler for casual fans, considering its length and price. That doesn't erase the ridiculousness of the series title, but the silliness is excusable when the music and the collections are good.

Customer Reviews

20th Century Masters The Millenium Series "The Platters"

What a great selection of the Platter's work. In shopping around for these selections, the Millenium series has compiled the absolute best in my opinion. I believe that all the albums in i-tunes selections of the Platters are original though protests to the contrary are in the reviews. When artists are recorded at many different times and places they don't always perform it the same way each time, but the Millenium series has captured, it seems, the quintessential version of their greatest hit, "The Great Pretender". This alone is what seems to set this offering apart.

This is NOT the phoney Platters

This album is the legitimate Platters. "The Best of the Platters" here on iTunes is as phoney as a 3 dollar bill, and if you think it's not, then you've got some serious trouble with your ears. But don't hesitate to buy this Millennium Series, it's wonderful!

no phony platters in either album. just different

just to clarify, this is the original recordings and it is a good album of the platters. the best of the platters is also the actual platters, but the songs have been re-recorded. the reason it does not sound as good as the first recordings is because the singers have aged and now their voices are slightly lower in timbre and their vocal chords are not stretching as far. they still sound awesome today, but when they were in their twenties they were phenomenal. either album is fine. just if you want the original stronger recordings buy this one, and if you like a deeper, more inflected, but less soaring version try the best of the platters re-recorded. neither is fake. thanks.


Formed: 1952 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With classics such as "The Great Pretender," "Only You," and their rendition of "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," the Platters were one of the preeminent doo-wop groups of the rock & roll era. Under the guidance of manager and producer Buck Ram, the Platters churned out hit after hit during the 1950s, bridging the gap between more traditional vocal-group stylings and the popular R&B grooves of the early '50s. Their sound was unique, marked by lead singer Tony Williams' powerful vocals and the feminine touch...
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