ARTIST: The Spinners
TITLE: The Best of the Spinners
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: #124, #37 R&B
SINGLES: I’ll Always Love You (#35 US, #8 R&B), Truly Yours (#111 US, #16 R&B), It’s a Shame (#14 US, #4 R&B, #20 UK), We’ll Have It Made (#89 US, #20 R&B), Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music (#91)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Probably not, not by them at least
LINEUP: Billy Henderson, Henry Fambrough, Pervis Jackson, Bobby Smith, G. C. Cameron. Chico Edwards was the lead singer (instead of Cameron) early in their Motown run.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Motown “best” picks and chooses from their scant output in their Motown tenure.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The Spinners were a group that Motown inherited in 1964 after they bought Tri-Phi records from Harvey Fuqua, They lasted on the label for seven years, but the company only released two albums and eight singles in all that time.
They were an afterthought for the company until they hit it big in 1972, and then all of a sudden Motown decided to throw out this collection of tracks, and with it another single (that was a B-side before).
It does sound like a crass money-grab, as some of the cuts sound like the master was buried in sad for a while. The Spinners weren’t served well by Motown, and made their bones when they switched labels.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Because of their lack of work at Motown, they had to take second jobs, including chauffeuring other Motown stars aroumd.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C: If Motown perceived you as a scond tier band, you get the scraps. These are the scraps.