New and Improved (The Spinners album)

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New and Improved
Studio album by The Spinners
Released December 1974
Recorded Sigma Sound Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B
Length 34:56
Label Atlantic
Producer Thom Bell
The Spinners chronology
Mighty Love
New and Improved
Pick of the Litter
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B [2]

New and Improved is the fifth album by American R&B group The Spinners, released in December 1974 on the Atlantic label. Like the Spinners' two previous Atlantic albums, New and Improved was produced by Thom Bell and recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia.


New and Improved became the Spinners' third consecutive R&B albums chart-topper and reached #9 on the Billboard 200, their first top 10 album on this chart. The album includes "Then Came You", featuring Dionne Warwick and the group's only single to top the Billboard Hot 100 (it was denied the top spot on the R&B chart by Kool & the Gang's "Higher Plane"), and the top 10 R&B singles "Laughing a Little, Loving a Little" and "Sadie" – the latter track was covered by R. Kelly on his 1993 debut solo album 12 Play.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sitting on Top of the World" Joseph B. Jefferson, Bruce Hawes, Charles Simmons 4:42
2. "Smile, We Have Each Other" Charles Simmons, Bruce Hawes, Joseph B. Jefferson 4:30
3. "Then Came You" (with Dionne Warwick) Sherman Marshall, Phillip Pugh 3:59
4. "There's No One Like You" Charles Simmons, Bruce Hawes 4:16
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
5. "Living a Little, Laughing a Little" Thom Bell, Linda Creed 5:03
6. "Sadie" Joseph B. Jefferson, Bruce Hawes, Charles Simmons 5:26
7. "Lazy Susan" Linda Creed, Thom Bell 3:34
8. "I've Got to Make It on My Own" Charles Simmons, Bruce Hawes 3:26



Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 9
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Year Single Peak chart positions


1974 "Then Came You" 1 2 3 29
1975 "Living a Little, Laughing a Little" 37 7
"Sadie" 54 7

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. New and Improved review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "New and Improved review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 
  3. ^ a b c d "US Charts > The Spinners". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^ "UK Charts > Detroit Spinners". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 

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