The Chrome Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2003
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227388027
  • Catalog Number: 73880


Disc 1
  1. 1 That's What Girls Are Made For (3:08)
  2. 2 I'll Always Love You (2:46)
  3. 3 Truly Yours (3:02)
  4. 4 What More Could a Boy Ask For? (3:10)
  5. 5 Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music (2:51)
  6. 6 It's a Shame (3:12)
  7. 7 We'll Have It Made (3:29)
  8. 8 (Oh Lord) I Wish I Could Sleep (3:12)
  9. 9 Just Can't Get You Out of My Mind (3:43)
  10. 10 Just You and Me Baby (3:01)
  11. 11 Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You (4:02)
  12. 12 I Could Never (Repay Your Love) (6:57)
  13. 13 I'll Be Around (3:12)
  14. 14 One of a Kind (Love Affair) (3:33)
  15. 15 We Belong Together (4:14)
  16. 16 Ghetto Child (3:49)
  17. 17 How Could I Let You Get Away (3:48)
  18. 18 Could It Be I'm Falling in Love (4:13)
  19. 19 Love Has Gone Away (3:37)
  20. 20 Love Don't Love Nobody (7:14)
  21. 21 I'm Coming Home (3:24)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Since I Been Gone (4:21)
  2. 2 He'll Never Love You Like I Do (3:58)
  3. 3 Mighty Love (4:58)
  4. 4 There's No One Like You (4:18)
  5. 5 I've Got to Make It on My Own (3:27)
  6. 6 Living a Little, Laughing a Little (5:04)
  7. 7 Sadie (4:11)
  8. 8 Then Came You (3:59)
  9. 9 Sitting on Top of the World (4:43)
  10. 10 I Don't Want to Lose You (3:43)
  11. 11 Love or Leave (3:31)
  12. 12 You Made a Promise to Me (3:58)
  13. 13 They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play) (4:42)
  14. 14 Toni My Love (3:43)
  15. 15 The Rubberband Man (3:35)
  16. 16 Now That We're Together (3:35)
  17. 17 Wake Up Susan (3:27)
  18. 18 Me and My Music (3:28)
  19. 19 You're Throwing a Good Love Away (3:39)
  20. 20 Painted Magic (3:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Heaven on Earth (So Fine) (3:13)
  2. 2 Back in the Arms of Love (3:51)
  3. 3 (Love Is) One Step Away (3:49)
  4. 4 Easy Come, Easy Go (3:28)
  5. 5 If You Wanna Do a Dance (All Night) (3:43)
  6. 6 Are You Ready for Love (3:43)
  7. 7 (A) Plain and Simple Love Song (4:07)
  8. 8 Body Language (3:45)
  9. 9 Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl (4:03)
  10. 10 Cupid/I've Loved You for a Long Time (3:55)
  11. 11 I Just Want to Fall in Love (3:51)
  12. 12 Now That You're Mine Again (4:01)
  13. 13 Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains the Same [Remix (4:02)
  14. 14 Long Live Soul Music (4:02)
  15. 15 You Go Your Way (I'll Go Mine) (3:36)
  16. 16 Love Connection (Raise the Window Down) (3:47)
  17. 17 Never Thought I'd Fall in Love (3:11)
  18. 18 Magic in the Moonlight (3:58)
  19. 19 Funny How Time Slips Away (3:34)
  20. 20 Right or Wrong (3:48)
  21. 21 Memories of Allison (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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 III 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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 Jr. 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 III Producer, Executive Producer
Dunn Pearson Jr. 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
The 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
Dan Hersch Remastering
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, Remastering
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 Jr. 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
Les 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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