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The Best of the Spinners [Best of, Import]

The Spinners Audio CD
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1. I'll Be Around
2. How Could I Let You Get Away
3. One Of A Kind (Love Affair)
4. Mighty Love
5. Ghetto Child
6. Dionne Warwick And Spinners Then Came You
7. Sadie
8. Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
9. They Just Can't Stop It The (Games People Play)
10. The Rubberband Man

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5.0 out of 5 stars Unheralded Philly Soul At Its Peak Sept. 7 2000
Format:Audio CD
Producer/songwriter Thom Bell has justifiably been praised for helping draft and design R&B's legendary "Sound of Philadelphia," most recently on the Philadelphia International box set. But his finest songcraft may be here in this Spinners collection, turning a neglected Motown group into one of the mid-70s most consistent hitmakers.
Bell worked with the best ingridients. Phillippe Wynne's lead voice danced and testified around the melodies of "Mighty Love" and "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)," crooned atop the sparkling old-fashioned ballad "How Could I Let You Get Away," captured the stately, sweet family memory of "Sadie." (Could any song sound happier to hear or sing than 1974's #1 "Then Came You," or "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love?")
Bell had outstanding songs, many written with late partner Linda Creed, which poetically caught snapshots of 70s life ("Ghetto Child," the missed opportunities of "Games People Play." But most of all, Bell had unerring pop and R&B style sense; he arranged funny, funky, and silly (1976's #2 "Rubberband Man") or sparce and serious ("I'll Be Around," with its two distinctive, chiming intro guitar chords).
Released in 1978 at the height of disco and after Wynne boarded the Parliament-Funkadelic mothership, this Spinners collection misses several fine tracks ("Love Don't Love Nobody," "It's A Shame") which show up on 1991's later "One Of A Kind" 2CD anthology. Yet "The Best Of The Spinners" remains a reasonably-priced set recalling one of classic soul's underrated groups (and producers) at their collective best. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't get confused with title, but it's still good March 23 2004
Format:Audio CD
After leaving Motown for Atlantic where they really made their move with the "Spinners" blue and white album, Motown tried to take advantage of their popularity by releasing this CD.
Some good work here led by lead singer G.C. Cameron (who is currently touring again with the group as John Edwards was ill). "It's a Shame," their lone Motown hit, obviously highlights this set. Some of the material is solid, but certainly not up to their Thom Bell produced sound a few years later.
Cameron kicks it in with "My Whole World Ended" and "I've got to find myself a brand new baby" is an upbeat song.
Interesting CD to show Spinners roots and why they left Motown. Huge confusion today: The Spinners are not really a Motown group. They made their mark with Atlantic.
Amazon STILL has not corrected the song listing on this. None of the songs they have listed are on this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The very best of R&B July 29 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It is impossible not to listen to this album and not get a real warm feeling. The sweet, soft sounds of the Spinners is the "Sargent Pepper" of the Rhythim and Blues sounds of the Sixtys and Seventys. In my humble opinion, this is one of those very rare albums that has absolutely no bad songs on it, just great ones. I particularly liked "Then came you" with Dionne Warwick. If you like the Atlantic R&B sound, then this is the one to get. The recording quality is also very good considering that some of the cuts are thirty years old. Be aware though that not all of the Spinner's great songs are on this collection and if you listen to it you will probably be hungry for more. I know I was. A best buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Spinners' Brief But Powerful Motown Era Sept. 18 2000
Format:Audio CD
Long before they teamed with Gamble-Bell-Huff, the Spinners were one of those many Motown groups in the mid-1960s that oozed with talent, but lacked much support from Berry Gordy's A&R staff. "I'll Always Love You," and "Truly Yours" enjoyed moderate success on the R&B airwaves. And in 1969, "It's a Shame" became their biggest Motown hit. Of course, everyone seems to think of the Spinners in terms of their success with Atlantic Records, but theirs was a solid sound many years before. Other cuts of note are "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music," and "Sweet Thing." NO Spinners collection is complete without the early Motown stuff.
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