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Top-flight, but little known Spinners album
on November 15, 2008
The songs on this album show the Spinners and producer/arranger Thom Bell at the top of their game, just before disco, and the loss of Philippe Wynne, derailed them. The only hit was Rubber Band Man, which got so much airplay that I usually skip it, but their magnificent vocals are in evidence throughout, as is Bell's classical influence in the wonderful arrangements like "The Clown," and Philippe's unparalleled ability to take a song out (OK, Otis Redding and Al Green are of the same caliber, but Philippe had unique strengths). There has never been a better soul group than the Spinners, and you'd be hard-pressed to find any rock or pop group, including the Beatles, that made so many albums that are excellent from beginning to end. Someday they'll get their due, as will Thom Bell.