TITLE: The Very Best of the Spinners
YEAR RELEASED: Compliation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: The whole album is packed with hits!
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: The whole album is packed with hits!
LINEUP: Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, Billy Henderson, Bobby Smith. Most of the hits were with Philippe Wynne, and later hits with John Edwards. MFSB did the backing, and the Sigma Sweethearts did backing vocals too.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Spinners were the kings of Thom Bell’s production line, and they had an impeccable chart run in the 70’s.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Spinners had 16 Top 10 R&B hits between 1972 and 1980 and this collects 14 of them. (One track, the original A-side to “I’ll Be Around” charted at a measly #14). Backed by MFSB, they could do no wrong for about five years, and then made a comeback as the decade turned.
Their first album on Atlantic (which I reviewed) was excellent, but as time went on they went toward more hit-oriented records (and you really can’t out-do five excellent singles out of ten tracks), so this compilation seems more the way to go for the rest of the tracks.
While newcomer Philippe Wynne handled many of the lead vocals, they were spread around based on the song, and that kept the sound fresh and allowed Thom Bell to give them tracks that were varied since each singer could handle a lead.
No 70’s R&B or soul collection would be complete without some Spinners in it, and this is the best intro to that fantastic band.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: There was some controversy on “They Just Can’t Stop It (The Games People Play) as some said that Sigma Sweetheart Evette Benton did the high solo parts, while others say it was Henry Fambrough sped up a bit.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A: These songs hold up today as examples of the funky fresh 70’s.