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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Spinners

Collection of The Spinners

The Spinners were the greatest soul group of the early '70s, creating a body of work that defined the lush, seductive sound of Philly soul. Ironically, the band's roots lay in Detroit, where they formed as a doo wop group during the late '50s. Throughout the '60s, the Spinners tried to land a hit by adapting to the shifting fashions of R&B and pop. By the mid-'60s, they had signed with Motown Records, but the label never gave the group much consideration. "It's a Shame" became a hit in 1970, but the label continued to ignore the group, and dropped the band two years later. Unsigned and featuring new lead singer Phillipe Wynne, the Spinners seemed destined to never break into the big leagues, but they managed to sign with Atlantic Records, where they began working with producer Thom Bell. With his assistance, the Spinners developed a distinctive sound, one that relied on Wynne's breathtaking falsetto and the group's intricate vocal harmonies. Bell provided the group with an appropriately detailed production, creating a detailed web of horns, strings, backing vocals, and lightly funky rhythms. Between 1972 and 1977, the Spinners and Bell recorded a number of soul classics, including "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Fallin in Love," "Mighty Love," "Ghetto Child," "Then Came You," "Games People Play," and "The Rubberband Man." Wynne left in 1977 and the Spinners had hits for a few years after his departure, but the group will always be remembered for its classic mid-'70s work.

Originally, called the Domingoes, the Spinners formed when the quintet were high school students in the Detroit suburb of Ferndale in 1957. At the time, the group featured Bobbie Smith, Pervis Jackson, George W. Dixon, Billy Henderson, and Henry Fambrough. Four years later, they came to the attention of producer Harvey Fuqua, who began recording the group -- who were now called the Spinners -- for his Tri-Phi Records. The band's first single, "That's What Girls Are Made For," became a Top Ten R&B hit upon its 1961 release and featured Smith on vocals. Following its release, Dixon was replaced by Edgar "Chico" Edwards. Over the next few years, the group released a series of failed singles, and when Tri-Phi was bought out by Motown in the mid-'60s, the Spinners became part of the larger company's roster. By that time, Edwards had been replaced by G.C. Cameron.

Though the Spinners had some R&B hits at Motown during the late '60s, including "I'll Always Love You" and "Truly Yours," they didn't have a genuine crossover success until 1970, when Stevie Wonder gave the group "It's a Shame." Motown never concentrated on the Spinners, and they let the group go in 1972. Before the band signed with Atlantic Records, Phillipe Wynne replaced Cameron as the group's lead vocalist. Wynne had previously sung with Catfish and Bootsy Collins.

At Atlantic Records, the Spinners worked with producer Thom Bell, who gave the group a lush, seductive sound, complete with sighing strings, a tight rhythm section, sultry horns, and a slight funk underpinning. Wynne quickly emerged as a first-rate soul singer, and the combination of the group's harmonies, Wynne's soaring leads, and Bell's meticulous production made the Spinners the most popular soul group of the '70s. Once the group signed with Atlantic, they became a veritable hit machine, topping the R&B and pop charts with songs like "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "One of a Kind (Love Affair)," "Ghetto Child," "Rubberband Man," and "You're Throwing a Good Love Away." Not only were their singles hits, but their albums constantly went gold and charted in the Top 20.

Wynne left the band to pursue a solo career in 1977; he was replaced by John Edwards. Though none of Wynne's solo records were big hits, his tours with Parliament-Funkadelic were well-received, as were his solo concerts. In October 1984, he died of a heart attack during a concert in Oakland, CA. The Spinners, meanwhile, had a number of minor hits in the late '70s, highlighted by their disco covers of "Working My Way Back to You" and the medley "Cupid/I've Loved You for a Long Time." During the early '80s, they had several minor hits before fading away from the charts and entering the oldies circuit, reprising their earlier material for 1999's new studio effort At Their Best.

Album: 2nd Time Around (1970)

01. It's A Shame
02. I've Got To Find Myself A Brand New Baby
03. Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music
04. Bad,Bad Weather (Till You Come Home)
05. Pay Them No Mind
06. My Lady Love
07. Souly Ghost
08. O-O-H Child
09. In My Diary
10. My Whole Would Ended (The Moment You Left Me)
11. (She's Gonna Love Me) At Sundown
12. I Can Sing A Rainbow Love Is Blue

Album: Spinners (1973)

01. Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind
02. Just You and Me Baby
03. Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
04. I Could Never (Repay Your Love)
05. I'll Be Around
06. One of a Kind (Love Affair)
07. We Belong Together
08. Ghetto Child
09. How Could I Let You Get Away
10. Could It Be I'm Falling in Love

Album: Mighty Love (1974)

01. Since I Been Gone
02. Ain't No Price on Happiness
03. I'm Glad You Walked into My Life
04. I'm Coming Home
05. He'll Never Love You Like I Do
06. Love Has Gone Away
07. Love Don't Love Nobody
08. Mighty Love

Album: New & Improved (1974)

01. Sitting on Top of the World
02. Smile, We Have Each Other
03. Then Came You
04. There's No One Like You
05. Living a Little, Laughing a Little
06. Sadie
07. Lazy Susan
08. I've Got to Make It on My Own

Album: Pick of the Litter (1975)

01. Honest I Do
02. I Don't Want to Lose You
03. Love or Leave
04. Sweet Love of Mine
05. All That Glitters Ain't Gold
06. You Made a Promise to Me
07. They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)
08. Just as Long as We Have Love

Album: Live (1975)

01. Fascinating Rhythm
02. I've Got To Make It On My Own
03. Living A Little, Laughing A Little
04. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)
05. Then Came You
06. Sadie
07. How Could I Let You Get Away
08. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
09. (Superstar Medley) It's Not Unusual~Don't Mess With Bill~Paper Doll~Stop..
10. Love Don't Love Nobody
11. Mighty Love

Album: Happiness Is Being With The Spinners (1976)

01. Now That We're Together
02. You're All I Need In Life
03. If You Can't Be In Love
04. The Rubberband Man
05. Toni My Love
06. Four Hands In The Fire
07. The Clown
08. Wake Up Susan

Album: Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow (1977)

01. Me And My Music
02. I Found Love (When I Found You)
03. I'm Riding Your Shadow (Down To Love)
04. You're The Love Of My Life
05. I Must Be Living For A Broken Heart
06. Honey, I'm In Love With You
07. Just To Be With You
08. You're Throwing A Good Time Away

Album: 8 (1977)

01. I'm Gonna Getcha
02. I'm Tired Of Giving
03. Painted Magic
04. You Got The Love That I Need
05. Heaven On Earth (So Fine)
06. Back In The Arms Of Love
07. (Love Is) One Step Away
08. Easy Come, Easy Go
09. Baby I Need Your Love (You're The Only One)

Album: The Best of the Spinners (1978)

01. I'll Be Around
02. How Could I Let You Get Away
03. One of a Kind (Love Affair)
04. Mighty Love
05. Ghetto Child
06. Then Came You
07. Sadie
08. Could It Be I'm Falling in Love
09. They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)
10. Rubberband Man

Album: From Here to Eternally (1979)

01. It's A Natural Affair
02. Don't Let The Man Get You
03. (A) Plain And Simple Love Song
04. Are You Ready For Love
05. I Love The Music
06. One Man Wonderful Band
07. If You Wanna Do A Dance (All Night)
08. Once You Fall In Love

Album: Dancing and Loving (1979)

01. Disco Ride
02. Body Language
03. Let's Boogie, Let's Dance
04. Medley - Working My Way Back To You Forgive Me Girl
05. With My Eyes
06. One, One, Two, Two, Boogie Woogie Avenue (Home Of The Boogie, House Of The Funk)

Album: Love Trippin (1980)

01. Love Trippin'
02. Heavy on the Sunshine
03. Medley Cupid, I've Loved Your for a Long Time
04. I Just Want to Be with You
05. Streetwise
06. I Just Want to Fall in Love
07. Now That You're Mine Again
08. Split Decision
09. I'm Takin' You Back
10. Pipedream

Album: Labor Of Love (1981)

01. Long Live Soul Music
02. Standing On The Rock
03. Nothing Remains The Same (Medley)
04. Almost All The Way To Love
05. The Winter Of Our Love
06. Be My Love
07. Give Your Lady What She Wants
08. A Man Just Don't Know What A Woman Goes Through
09. The Deacon

Album: Can't Shake This Feelin' (1981)

01. Can't Shake This Feeling
02. Knack For Me
03. You Go Your Way (I'll Go Mine)
04. Love Connection (Raise The Window)
05. Never Thought I'd Fall In Love
06. Didn't I Blow Your Mind
07. Send A Little Love
08. Love Is Such A Crazy Feeling
09. Got To Be Love

Album: Grand Slam (1982)

01. City Full Of Memories
02. Magic In The Moonlight
03. If I Knew
04. I'm Calling You
05. So Far Away
06. Just Let Love In
07. Funny How Time Slips Away
08. Lover Boy
09. No Other Love

Album: Cross Fire (1984)

01. Two Of A Kind
02. Right Or Wrong
03. (We Have Come Into) Our Time For Love
04. Cross Fire
05. Keep On Keepin' On
06. Not Just Another Lover
07. Love Is In Season
08. All Your Love
09. Secrets

Album: Lovin' Feeling (1985)

01. Put Us Together Again
02. I Found An Angel
03. You're Number One
04. She Does
05. That's What Girls Are Made For
06. More Today Than Yesterday
07. The Witness
08. Two Can Be One
09. Show Me Your Magic

Album: Down to Business (1989)

01. I'm Happy Baby
02. We Got Business
03. Heal Me
04. So Hard To Let You Go
05. I Wanna Love You Forever
06. My Lady Is My Best Friend
07. We Dance To Love Songs
08. Can I Depend On You
09. Memories Of Allison
10. Time Can Do Magic

Album: A One Of A Kind Love Affair - The Anthology (1991)


01. That's What Girls Are Made For
02. I'll Always Love You
03. It's A Shame
04. (Oh Lord) I Wish I Could Sleep
05. How Could I Let You Get Away
06. I'll Be Around
07. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
08. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)
09. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
10. Ghetto Child
11. Mighty Love
12. I'm Coming Home
13. He'll Never Love You Like I Do
14. Love Don't Love Nobody
15. Then Came You
16. Living A Little, Laughing A Little
17. Sadie


01. Games People Play
02. I Don't Want To Lose You
03. Honest I Do
04. Love Or Leave
05. Sweet Love Of Mine
06. How Could I Let You Get Away [Live]
07. Wake Up Susan
08. The Rubberband Man
09. Me And My Music
10. You're Throwing Good Love Away
11. Heaven On Earth (So Fine)
12. Working My Way Back To You-Forgive Me, Girl
13. Funny How Time Slips Away

Album: The Essentials (2002)

01. I'll Be Around
02. How Could I Let You Get Away
03. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
04. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)
05. Ghetto Child
06. Mighty Love (Part 1)
07. Then Came You
08. Love Don't Love Nobody (Part 1)
09. Games People Play
10. The Rubberband Man
11. Working My Way Back To You - Forgive Me Girl
12. Cupid - I've Loved You For A Long Time

Album: The Definitive Soul Collection (2006)


01. It's A Shame
02. I'll Be Around
03. How Could I Let You Get Away
04. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
05. I Could Never (Repay Your Love)
06. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)
07. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
08. Ghetto Child
09. Mighty Love
10. I'm Coming Home
11. Then Came You
12. Love Don't Love Nobody
13. Since I Been Gone
14. I've Got To Make It On My Own
15. Living A Little, Laughing A Little


01. They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)
02. Sadie
03. I Don't Want To Lose You
04. Love Or Leave
05. Honest I Do
06. Wake Up Susan
07. Rubberband Man
08. You're Throwing A Good Love Away
09. Me And My Music
10. Heaven On Earth (So Fine)
11. Easy Come Easy Go
12. If You Wanna Do A Dance (All Night)
13. Are You Ready For Love
14. Working My Way Back To You - Forgive Me Girl
15. Cupid - I've Loved You For A Long Time


1 comment:

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