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The Very Best of Spinners

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Contains all of their classic Atlantic hits and more, including eight Top 20 pop smashes!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. It's A Shame
  2. I'll Be Around
  3. How Could I Let You Get Away
  4. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
  5. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)
  6. Ghetto Child
  7. Mighty Love-Pt. 1
  8. I'm Coming Home
  9. Then Came You
  10. Love Don't Love Nobody-Pt. 1
  11. Living A Little, Laughing A Little
  12. Sadie
  13. They Just Can't Stop It The (Games People Play)
  14. The Rubberband Man
  15. Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me, Girl
  16. Cupid/I've Loved You For A Long Time


Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032ZU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Originally known as The Detroit Spinners, this group was discovered by Moonglows great Harvey Fuqua around 1960. In fact their very first release "Thats What Girls Are Made For" (sadly not included in this collection) was done in The Moonglows style. The Spinners were signed by Berry Gordy in the early 60's but struggled mightily to find their sound. They released a dozen or so singles before finally hitting paydirt in 1970 with "It's A Shame". Convinced that the group needed to go in an entirely different direction, good friend Aretha Franklin convinced they to leave Motown and sign with Atlantic Records where she introduced them to producer Thom Bell. This was a match made in heaven. And the rest is history.

Over the next dozen years or so The Spinners would place about two dozen songs on Billboards Hot 100. Of these, seven made the Top Ten including the 1974 number one smash with Dionne Warwick "Then Came You". The Spinners turned out to be one the most consistant chart performers of the decade. This superb collection from Rhino records includes fifteen of the very best tracks including "It's A Shame", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love", "The Rubberband Man" and two medleys from the early 80's "Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl" and "Cupid/I've Loved You For A Long Time". But the entire CD is a delight and I don't believe there is a mediocre track on the disc. As per usual, Rhino has included a neat eight page booklet with the history of the group and photos.

Where are they now? According to their official website, The Spinners continue to perform in small venues around the country. Unfortunately, lead singer John Edwards fell ill in 2002. As a result, the group contacted their lead singer from the Motown days G.C. Cameron who agreed to rejoin the group after some 30 years. If you grew up in the 1970's "The Very Best of The Spinners" should be an essential part of your music collection. Very highly recommended!!!
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More kudos to Rhino Records. These guys (the Spinners, not Rhino) were around for so long, and made so much good music over twenty some years. Most of it is here.
Sorry about the bad luck of Music Fan, but my copy had "Mighty Love", "Love Don't Love Nobody" and "Then Came You". Also included were some of their earlier smooth songs like "I'll Be Around" and "Its a Shame". We even get the Spinners foray into disco, the remake of the Four Season's Working My Way Back To You" is happily included.
They were so polished, and if you have gone a few decades (like I did) withoug hearing these songs, they return like a good old friend. My only complaint? I would prefer the full versions of "Mighty Love", "Love Don't Love Nobody" and "Rubberband Man". But not enough of a problem to dog this one out.
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There are several Spinners Best Of anthologies knocking about but this one, from Rhino, is definitely the one to get. Don't let the "pop" label fool you, the Spinners have every bit as much to offer as any other R&B group, they are way out among the front runners. These guys are as tight as a kettledrum, their singing is beautiful, they've got plenty to say, and funk is in abundance. No matter what you're after, the Spinners deliver the freight. Games People Play - a classic - is so smooth it glistens, while songs like The Rubberband Man, It's A Shame, and Then Came You - featuring the turbo-charged addition of Dionne Warwick - offer a feel good appeal that sneaks right inside your soul. Mighty Love, I'm Coming Home, and Ghetto Child provide hard-nosed funky impact, and Could It Be I'm Falling In Love, I'll Be Around, and One Of A Kind will have you singing along without even knowing it. As good as all these upbeat numbers are, the Spinners are never better than when they slow it way down and dig deep into the blues. How Could I Let You Get Away, Sadie, and Love Don't Love Nobody take you to the hurtin' part of town with such elegance, purpose, and raw sincerity that you can't help but be moved. Treat yourself.
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The music industry is quite a perplexing animal as both Gladys Knight & the Pips and Spinners were largely ignored by Motown and both went on to enjoy an amazing streak of success after leaving their first label. Nothing against Motown, but they never found a way to bring out the best of these talents, but luckally a man known as STEVIE WONDER to took interest in the group by writing and help record a gem titled "It's A Shame", which went on to become their only Motown hit. After much soul searching and rejection, the group was picked up (with much support from Aretha Franklin) by Atlantic.
After the lead singer quit, they began work with the great Thom Bell, Philly soul's "other" great producer besides the legendary Gamble & Huff team who were enjoying continued success with another gem of a group: none other than The O'Jays!While not as flashy or arguably well-remembered as the O'Jays, Spinners hold their own place in music history and this collection is AMAZING as it has every hit, a feat rarely seen in the industry as there are always some songs left out by accident or intent.
Listening to this great collection I am reminded how tasteful, elegant, and lushy romantic this group was. True adult contemporary music before the term was prostituted to include artists that don't receive play on MTV.
Some may forget that Spinners had a few gems that surpassed their signature love songs, as exemplified by the grooves of "The Rubberband Man" and towards the end of their reign had a couple of well received medleys that did not deviate from their roots but incorporated a discoish beat that suited them quite well. I LOVE "Working My Way Back To You/ Forgive Me Girl."
If you are a hard core fan, there is a double anthology titled "One of a Kind Love Affair", but for me this single-disc career summary offers everything that I was looking for and more. '70's soul served at just the right temperature!
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