Chrome Collection

The Chrome Collection

by The Spinners
Despite amassing 17 Top 40 pop hits and 7 Top 5 smashes, the Spinners have always languished in the shadows of more lauded R&B vocal groups like the Temptations and the O'Jays. The three-CD box set The Chrome Collection, however, casts a much-needed spotlight on one of the greatest soul outfits of all time. Formed in Detroit in the late '50s, the Spinners


Despite amassing 17 Top 40 pop hits and 7 Top 5 smashes, the Spinners have always languished in the shadows of more lauded R&B vocal groups like the Temptations and the O'Jays. The three-CD box set The Chrome Collection, however, casts a much-needed spotlight on one of the greatest soul outfits of all time. Formed in Detroit in the late '50s, the Spinners have undergone only five lineup changes in the years since, relying on the rock-solid foundation provided by original members Billy Henderson, Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough, and Pervis Jackson. Their chemistry is evident even in their earliest recordings, such as 1961's doo-wop-flavored "That's What Girls Are Made For" (featuring a then-unknown Marvin Gaye on drums), the early R&B hit "I'll Always Love You," and their 1970 crossover hit "It's a Shame," written and produced by Stevie Wonder and featuring new tenor G. C. Cameron. Those tracks appear here on Disc 1, the remainder of which highlights the Spinners' early years with Atlantic Records, where they hooked up with legendary lead vocalist Philippé Soul Wynne and Philly soul architect Thom Bell, who produced the infectious "I'll Be Around," the lush R&B chart-topper "One of a Kind (Love Affair)," and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love." Disc 2 covers 1974–77 and keeps the fire burning with the smooth and soaring "Mighty Love" and "Sadie," Wynne's signature matriarchal tribute that became a live staple and was later resurrected by R. Kelly. Disc 3, which spans 1977–89, marks the Spinners' break with Bell and subsequent relationship with dance producer Michael Zager, who masterminded the disco-inspired hit medleys of songs by the Four Seasons ("Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl"), Sam Cooke ("Cupid/I've Loved You a Long Time"), and the Carpenters ("Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains the Same"). Housing 62 essential tracks and a lush, 60-page booklet packed with archival photos, insightful liner notes, and detailed track notes, The Chrome Collection reaffirms the gold standard of soul created by the Spinners.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The three-CD box set The Chrome Collection doesn't miss anything that might be considered essential by virtually any Spinners fan, including as it does the major and minor chart hits from the early '60s through the mid-'80s, as well as numerous album tracks. To be honest, even if you're a big Spinners fan, you're not going to be missing much if you opt for the two-CD One of a Kind Love Affair. And if you're a general Spinners fan, Rhino's more basic single-disc The Very Best of the Spinners should satisfy. But in its favor, The Chrome Collection does include some hits that don't even make it onto One of a Kind Love Affair, particularly their 1980 Top Five smash "Cupid"/"I've Loved You for a Long Time," as well as their 1966 Motown Top 20 R&B charter "Truly Yours," numerous low-charting items from the late '70s and early '80s, and some album tracks from throughout their lifespan. Also, it's good how seven tunes from the Motown era kick off the set before getting into the Atlantic catalog that comprises all but one track of the rest of the box. Sensibly, it draws most heavily from the group's early- to mid-'70s prime, and particularly from their earliest Thom Bell-produced sessions; in fact, it has all ten songs from their self-titled 1973 debut Atlantic LP. The 60-page booklet with a detailed career summary is another nice perk. As for drawbacks, this might be too much lush soul at once for all but the most sweet-toothed soul fans, and much of disc three, covering 1977-1989, fails to measure up to the preceding two CDs, both commercially and artistically. Note, incidentally, that the versions of "Sadie" and "Painted Magic" are new edits done especially for this release, and that 22 of the tracks appear in their single versions, though these tend to be their later and less impressive singles.

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Disc 1

  1. That's What Girls Are Made For
  2. I'll Always Love You
  3. Truly Yours
  4. What More Could a Boy Ask For?
  5. Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music
  6. It's a Shame
  7. We'll Have It Made
  8. (Oh Lord) I Wish I Could Sleep
  9. Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind
  10. Just You and Me Baby
  11. Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
  12. I Could Never (Repay Your Love)
  13. I'll Be Around
  14. One of a Kind (Love Affair)
  15. We Belong Together
  16. Ghetto Child
  17. How Could I Let You Get Away
  18. Could It Be I'm Falling in Love
  19. Love Has Gone Away
  20. Love Don't Love Nobody
  21. I'm Coming Home

Disc 2

  1. Since I Been Gone
  2. He'll Never Love You Like I Do
  3. Mighty Love
  4. There's No One Like You
  5. I've Got to Make It on My Own
  6. Living a Little, Laughing a Little
  7. Sadie
  8. Then Came You
  9. Sitting on Top of the World
  10. I Don't Want to Lose You
  11. Love or Leave
  12. You Made a Promise to Me
  13. They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)
  14. Toni My Love
  15. The Rubberband Man
  16. Now That We're Together
  17. Wake Up Susan
  18. Me and My Music
  19. You're Throwing a Good Love Away
  20. Painted Magic

Disc 3

  1. Heaven on Earth (So Fine)
  2. Back in the Arms of Love
  3. (Love Is) One Step Away
  4. Easy Come, Easy Go
  5. If You Wanna Do a Dance (All Night)
  6. Are You Ready for Love
  7. (A) Plain and Simple Love Song
  8. Body Language
  9. Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl
  10. Cupid/I've Loved You for a Long Time
  11. I Just Want to Fall in Love
  12. Now That You're Mine Again
  13. Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains the Same [Remix
  14. Long Live Soul Music
  15. You Go Your Way (I'll Go Mine)
  16. Love Connection (Raise the Window Down)
  17. Never Thought I'd Fall in Love
  18. Magic in the Moonlight
  19. Funny How Time Slips Away
  20. Right or Wrong
  21. Memories of Allison

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spinners   Primary Artist
John Tropea   Guitar
Marvin Gaye   Drums
Luther Vandross   Background Vocals
Bernie Worrell   Synthesizer
Michael Brecker   Flute,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Jack Brokensha   Percussion,Vibes
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Peter Manning Robinson   Synthesizer
Warren Covington   Trombone
Lenny Hambro   Tenor Saxophone
Dennis Coffey   Guitar
Johnny Griffith   Keyboards
Alan Burke   Background Vocals,keyboard bass
Jimmy Maelen   Percussion
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Hubert Eaves   Keyboards
Philippe Wynne   Tenor (Vocal)
Michael Zager   Conductor,Electric Piano
Dave Carey   Vibes
Reggie Lucas   Guitar
Tawatha Agee   Background Vocals
Jack Ashford   Percussion,Vibes
Bob Babbitt   Bass
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Rubens Bassini   Percussion
Leroy Bell   Guitar
Thom Bell   Piano,Conductor,Keyboards
Tony Bell   Guitar
Rocco Bene   Trumpet
Carla Benson   Background Vocals
Evette Benton   Background Vocals
Randy Brecker   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Sam Burtis   Trombone
Danny Cahn   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Raymond Calhoun   Drums
G.C. Cameron   Tenor (Vocal)
Edward Cascarella   Trombone
Francisco Centeno   Bass
Gerry Chamberlain   Trombone
Roland Chambers   Guitar
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Ray Chew   Keyboards
Horace Bokie Coleman   Bass,Guitar
Linda Creed   Background Vocals
Raphael Cruz   Percussion
Eddie Daniels   Alto Saxophone
Joseph DeAngelis   French Horn
Cornell Dupree   Guitar
Don Renaldo   Strings
Bobby Eli   Guitar
Jack Faith   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Henry Fambrough   Baritone (Vocal)
Charles Fearing   Guitar
Basil Fearrington   Bass
Jeff Forehan   fairlight
Dean Gant   Keyboards
John Gatchell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Richard Genovese   Trombone
Tim Gorman   Synthesizer
Gary Grant   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Norman Harris   Guitar
Robert Hartzell   Trumpet
Gary Herbig   Saxophone
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Yogi Horton   Drums
Willie Hutch   Bass
Kim Hutchcroft   Alto Saxophone
Barbara Ingram   Background Vocals
Pervis Jackson   Bass (Vocal)
Casey James   Guitar,Keyboards,Timpani
James Jamerson   Bass
Freddy Joiner   Trombone
Uriel Jones   Drums
Tom Kennery   Steel Guitar
Howard King   Drums
Katie Kirkpatrick   Harp
Arnie Lawrence   Alto Saxophone
Steve Love   Guitar
James Mtume   Keyboards
Ullanda McCullough   Background Vocals
Joe Messina   Guitar
Marcus Miller   Bass
Bob Millikan   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Cornelius Mims   Bass
Leslie Ming   Drums
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Vince Montana   Marimbas,Vibes
Robert Moore   Trombone
Cliff Morris   Guitar
Gerry Niewood   Alto Saxophone
Keith O'Quinn   Trombone
Gene Orloff   Concert Master
Freddie Perren   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Milton Phibbs   French Horn
James Phillips   Synthesizer,Vocoder
Walter Dewey Pfeil   Harp
Wardell Potts   Drums
Alan Raph   Bass Trombone
Pat Rebillot   Keyboards
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
Gordon Staples   Conductor
Eddie Summers   Drums
Johnny Trudell   Leader
Earl Van Dyke   Keyboards
Ed Walsh   Synthesizer
Larry Washington   Bongos,Conga
Ernie Watts   Saxophone
Melvin Webb   Percussion
Harry Whitaker   Keyboards
Eddie Willis   Guitar
Norma Jean Wright   Background Vocals
Earl Young   Drums
William "Dr. Z." Zimmerman   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Allan Ross   Alto Saxophone
Ed Moore   Guitar
Sonny Burke   Keyboards
Eddie Brown   Bongos,Conga
Billy Henderson   Tenor (Vocal)
Charlie Collins   Drums,Syndrum
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Charlie Davis   Trumpet
Gemi Taylor   Guitar
Robert White   Guitar
Joe Hunter   Piano
Benny Benjamin   Drums
George Bohanon   Trombone
Ronnie Baker   Bass
Richard "Bosky" Allen   Drums
Larry Williams   Synthesizer,Tenor Saxophone
Donnie Davis   French Horn
George W. Dixon   Bass (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Gary Stewart   Compilation Assistant
John Austin   Licensing
Dionne Warwick   Liner Notes
David Bowie   Liner Notes
Sam Cooke   Composer
Elvis Costello   Liner Notes
Todd Rundgren   Liner Notes
Leon F. Sylvers   Producer,Executive Producer
Dunn Pearson   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Alan Burke   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Fox   Composer
Phil Hurtt   Composer
Gene Page   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Bunny Sigler   Composer
Richard Carpenter   Composer
Michael Zager   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Reggie Lucas   Composer,Producer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Frank Hooker   Composer
James Early   Producer
Lee Garrett   Composer
Tawatha Agee   Composer
Morris Bailey   Composer
Michael Barbiero   Engineer
Ed Barton   Engineer
Richard Becker   Engineer
Leroy Bell   Composer
Thom Bell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tony Bell   Arranger,Composer
John Bettis   Composer
Pete Bishop   Engineer
Gerald Block   Engineer
Bootsy Collins   Liner Notes
Johnny Bristol   Composer,Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Claytoven   Producer
T.G. Conway   Composer
Linda Creed   Composer
Jim Dougherty   Engineer
Henry Fambrough   Liner Notes
Arne Frager   Engineer
Michael Frenke   Engineer
Paul Fuchs   Composer
Harvey Fuqua   Composer,Producer
Funk Brothers   Contributor
Jim Gallagher   Engineer
Kenny Gamble   Liner Notes
Dean Gant   Composer
Tim Geelan   Engineer
Darroll Gustamachio   Engineer
Bruce Hawes   Composer
Alec Head   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Lawrence Horn   Engineer
Leon Huff   Liner Notes
Ivy Jo Hunter   Composer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Michael Hutchinson   Engineer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Pervis Jackson   Liner Notes
Casey James   Composer
Joseph B. Jefferson   Composer
Keg Johnson   Producer
Eddie Korvin   Engineer
Bill Lamb   Composer
Theodore Life   Composer
Sandy Linzer   Composer
Jerry Love   Producer
David Luke   Engineer
James Mtume   Composer,Producer
Mark McKenna   Creative Services Coordinator
Clay McMurray   Producer
Don Murray   Engineer
Bob Olhsson   Engineer
Jim Perkins   Engineer
Freddie Perren   Producer,Engineer
Gary Peterson   Producer
F.L. Pittman   Producer
Johnny Potoker   Engineer
Steve Pouliot   Engineer
Denny Randell   Composer
Paul Riser   Arranger
Jimmy Roach   Composer,Producer
Bob Ross   Producer
Jimmy Sigler   Composer
Charles Simmons   Composer
William "Mickey" Stevenson   Composer,Producer
James Sylvers   Producer
Ricky Sylvers   Producer
Joe Tarsia   Engineer
Phil Terry   Composer
Reggie Turner   Composer
David Van De Pitte   Arranger
Ed Walsh   Programming
Matthew Weiner   Engineer
Harry Weinger   Track Annotations
Stevie Wonder   Composer,Producer
Syreeta Wright   Composer
William "Dr. Z." Zimmerman   Producer
Carla Bandini   Engineer
Steven Ivory   Liner Notes
Billy Henderson   Liner Notes
Georges Dickson   Contributor
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Reggie Collins   Compilation Assistant
David Gorman   Liner Notes
Ed Biggs   Engineer
Scott Skidmore   Engineer
Melvin Steals   Composer
Ed Sullivan   Engineer
Lisa Glines   Art Direction
Vinnie Barrett   Composer
Sherman Marshall   Composer
Thom Wortham   Composer
Jerry Akins   Composer
John Bellman   Composer
Martin Coleman   Composer
Yvette Davis   Composer
Victor Drayton   Composer
Richard Dropkin   Composer
Joe Hunter   Producer
Philip T. Pugh   Composer
Dana Meyers   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Greg Thomas   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Keni St. Lewis   Composer
Cooper & the Soul Rockers   Engineer
Andrew Skurow   Track Annotations
Susan Whitall   Liner Notes
Dorie Pride   Composer
Gwen Gordy   Composer
Bryan Matheson   Engineer

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