Spinners (album)

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Studio album by The Spinners
Released April 1973
Recorded 1972-1973 at
Sigma Sound Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre Philly soul, R&B
Length 40:14
Label Atlantic
Producer Thom Bell
The Spinners chronology
2nd Time Around
(1970)2nd Time Around1970
Mighty Love
(1974)Mighty Love1974
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.


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" Vinnie 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" Yvette Davis 4:12
8. "Ghetto Child" Linda Creed, Thom Bell 3:47
9. "How Could I Let You Get Away" Yvette Davis 3:46
10. "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" Mystro & Lyric (Melvin and Mervin Steals) 4:13



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


Chart (1973) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 14
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Year Single Peak chart positions


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]


  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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