Spinners (album)

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Spinners
Studio album by The Spinners
Released April 1973
Recorded 1972-1973 at Sigma Sound Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) & G.M. Studios
(Detroit, Michigan)
Genre R&B
Length 40:14
Label Atlantic
SD 7256
Producer Thom Bell
The Spinners chronology
2nd Time Around
(1970)
Spinners
(1973)
Mighty Love
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
BBC (favorable) [2]
Robert Christgau A− [3]

Spinners is the third studio album recorded by American R&B group The Spinners, produced by Thom Bell and released in April 1973 on the Atlantic label. The album was the group's first for Atlantic after leaving Motown.

History[edit]

Spinners includes their first American top-ten and R&B number-one hit "I'll Be Around", along with the successful songs "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love", "One of a Kind (Love Affair)", "Ghetto Child", and "How Could I Let You Get Away". The album was also the second of fourteen straight studio albums to make the Billboard 200, and their first in the Top-twenty, as it reached #14 on the charts. Additionally, it was their first of three consecutive R&B albums chart-toppers - and the second to hit those charts overall.

Thom Bell created a sound for the group that was "lush" yet gritty. Bell's insistently soulful orchestral arrangements played perfectly to their harmonic strengths. "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" (later a hit for David Grant and Jaki Graham) is the keynote; sung by Smith, it is beautiful, optimistic and upbeat. Often cited as the birth of the Philadelphia Sound, Spinners yielded five American top 100 hits, and two UK chart successes."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind"   Vinne Barrett 3:42
2. "Just You and Me Baby"   Yvette Davis 2:56
3. "Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You"   Jerry Akines, Johnny Bellman, Victor Drayton, Reginald Turner 4:01
4. "I Could Never (Repay Your Love)"   Bruce Hawes 6:56
5. "I'll Be Around"   Thom Bell, Phil Hurtt 3:10
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "One of a Kind (Love Affair)"   Joseph B. Jefferson 3:31
7. "We Belong Together"   Davis 4:12
8. "Ghetto Child"   Linda Creed, Bell 3:47
9. "How Could I Let You Get Away"   Davis 3:46
10. "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"   Mystro & Lyric 4:13

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Thom Bell – producer, arranger, conductor
  • Joe Tarsia – recording engineer, re-mix engineer
  • Merrill A. Roberts, Jr. – photography
  • Loring Eutemey – album design

Charts[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
[5]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 14
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[5]
US
R&B

[5]
US
A/C

[5]
UK
[6]
1972 "How Could I Let You Get Away" 77 14
"I'll Be Around" 3 1 31
"Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" 4 1 14 11
1973 "One of a Kind (Love Affair)" 11 1 19
"Ghetto Child" 29 4 20 7

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. Spinners review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. ^ Easlea, Daryl. "Spinners review". BBC Music. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Spinners review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  4. ^ BBC Music Review by Daryl Easlea. The album was featured on Trevor Nelson's Radio 2 show, 23 June 2010 when he called it " a brilliant, brilliant album"
  5. ^ a b c d "US Charts > The Spinners". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  6. ^ "UK Charts > Detroit Spinners". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 

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