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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.
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If you want pure mid 70's Philly soul magic The Spinners are great ones for that.And certainly the funky "Rubberband Man" and "I'm Gonna Get You" are fantastic,brilliant tunes but neither of these albums are consistant.Between the two the upbeat "Wake Up Susan",the wistful "Heaven On Earth (So Fine)" are great tunes but the ultimate Spinners CD collection to get is 'One Of A Kind Love Affair'-it's packed full of great hits and album cuts from their entire 70's career.Much of the time The Spinners weren't really great album acts (say for 1979's consistantly strong 'From Here To Eternally')and these two are certainly no different.I think Philly thought of them as more of singles act and produced them as such.But these guys have wonderful voices and should've been developed in a different way at this point.If they had I think both these albums would've done alot better
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on November 3, 2001
The Thom Bell magic wanes a bit on Happiness is Being w/ Spinners.The album opens with the light hearted and lyrically banal 'Now That We're Together',a showcase for Henry Fambrough who gets more lead time than usual.
The LP version of 'the Rubberband Man' is flippant and dancible,and the jazzy 'Toni My Love' is pure Philly-soul heaven.
Spinners#8 is more style than substance,and although new comer John Edwards has his way with 'Heaven On Earth(So Fine),Phillippe
Wynne's personality is greatly missed.(He went solo in 1977.)
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on December 11, 2006
This is our fork in the road(a line from ill be around)phillippe wynn was leaving the group thinking he could go solo.poor john edwards ask to fill in and sing like him on spinners 8 album.Dont get me wrong the happiness
album was very good if you can,t be in love is truly a classic.Also the spinners 8 album cuts like you got the love i need,and back in the arms of love are worth a buy.But this is where things got off track the album between these two(yesterday,today & tomorrow)was mr wynn at his best.It,s funny there is a song that album called throwing a good love away i think mr bell and the rest of the spinners was trying to tell mr wynn something.I love the spinners this was a hard cd to except but being a true fan i had to have it.enjoy!
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on November 8, 2013
I LOVE the late Philippe Wynn's voice, so I bought this after seeing him on the cover (he wasn't always with the group). The Spinners are great, and I heard a lot of songs new to me.
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on September 11, 2012
A must for serious Spinners fans. The second album contains hard to find songs of the 70's including the amazing " Easy Come, Easy go ".
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VINE VOICEon December 20, 2006
This two-albums-on-one-CD has it's moments (Rubberband Man and I'm gonna get you stand out!) Three stars!!
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on October 24, 2015
I was not happy. Heard it all before on previous releases in one form or another.
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on October 11, 2015
It's the Spinners and what more do you need to say!
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on March 6, 2016
They belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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