Mighty Love

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Riding high off of a Grammy nod as Producer of the Year for his work on the Spinners 1973 eponymous album, Philly soul mastermind Thom Bell infused their next collection Mighty Love 1974 with the similar mix of lushly scored slow jams and stylish mid-tempo R&B entries. Although the group had been around since the mid-'50s, by the time the quintet began their stint on Atlantic Records the lineup featured Henry Fambrough baritone vocal, Billy Henderson tenor vocal, Pervis Jackson bass vocal, Bobbie Smith tenor vocal and the then most recent addition in 1971 Philippe Wynne tenor vocal. Several of Bell's distinct arrangements would not only become instant enthusiast ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Riding high off of a Grammy nod as Producer of the Year for his work on the Spinners 1973 eponymous album, Philly soul mastermind Thom Bell infused their next collection Mighty Love 1974 with the similar mix of lushly scored slow jams and stylish mid-tempo R&B entries. Although the group had been around since the mid-'50s, by the time the quintet began their stint on Atlantic Records the lineup featured Henry Fambrough baritone vocal, Billy Henderson tenor vocal, Pervis Jackson bass vocal, Bobbie Smith tenor vocal and the then most recent addition in 1971 Philippe Wynne tenor vocal. Several of Bell's distinct arrangements would not only become instant enthusiast favorites, but crossover hits as well. While chronologically the first cut to make the charts -- as it had been released several weeks before the long-player -- the title track "Mighty Love" was ironically the last on the platter. The luminous and brisk melody is complemented by optimistic leads from Smith and Wynne. The latter turned in a soulful outing comparable to that of Al Green. When featured as a focus track, it was split into two parts with "Mighty Love Pt. 1" vaulting to the top of the R&B survey and up to number 20 as a Pop single. The Bell co-penned "I'm Coming Home" followed with a chipper groove that shows off the tight horn section and a vibe that would reappear slightly reconfigured and significantly pumped up on "Rubberband Man" several years later. Conversely, the tender seven-plus-minute ballad "Love Don't Love Nobody" is a heart-wrenching yet all too common tale of unrequited affection. It's likewise a perfect vehicle for Wynne's precise tone and elastic vocal range, following in the successful footsteps of "I'm Coming Home" and "Love Don't Love Nobody" landing in the upper reaches number four of the R&B as well as into the Top 20 number 15 of the Pop countdown. Tucked in between the more prominent selections are a few lesser-known but equally worthwhile sides, such as the exquisite and refined "He'll Never Love You Like I Do" and the funky laid-back "Ain't No Price on Happiness," oozing the unmistakable sound of Philly soul. The mid-'90s CD reissue of Mighty Love was augmented by four seminal supplementary recordings that were from an unrealized Motown session circa 1972.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2008
  • Label: Rhino Flashback
  • UPC: 081227992798
  • Catalog Number: 71586
  • Sales rank: 2,751

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Spinners Primary Artist
Philippe Wynne Tenor (Vocal)
Thom Bell Conductor, Keyboards
Rocco Bene Trumpet
Yvette Benson Background Vocals
Carla Benton Background Vocals
Roland Chambers Guitar
Linda Creed Background Vocals
Joseph DeAngelis French Horn
Joe DeAnglis French Horn
Don Renaldo Strings
Bobby Eli Guitar
Jack Faith Flute, Alto Saxophone
Henry Fambrough Baritone (Vocal), Group Member
Norman Harris Guitar
Robert Hartzell Trumpet
Barbara Ingram Background Vocals
Pervis Jackson Bass (Vocal), Group Member
Freddy Joiner Trombone
Eddie Keskarella Trombone
Vince Montana Marimbas, Vibes
Larry Washington Percussion
Earl Young Drums
Bobbie Smith Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Billy Henderson Tenor (Vocal), Group Member
Ronnie Baker Bass
Bob Moore Trombone
Technical Credits
Roy Brown Composer
David Murray Engineer
Thom Bell Arranger, Producer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Remastering
Joseph B. Jefferson Composer
Don Murray Engineer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Jimmy Roach Producer
Jimmy Sigler Composer
Charles Simmons Composer
Joe Tarsia Engineer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Louise Williams Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Stanislaw Zagorski Illustrations
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