The Best of the 70s & 80s

The Best of the 70s & 80s

by The Spinners


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The Best of the 70s & 80s

This 60-track Spinners set is intended only for Spinners fanatics who want a comprehensive look at the group's late-'70s and early-'80s work . The Detroiters' recording career began as the top dogs on Harvey and Gwen Fuqua's tiny Tri-Phi Records, but bottomed for eight years after Motown acquired Tri-Phi (and the Spinners). The fall was rough and rocky. Motown required that the band do odd jobs like chauffeuring and packing records to earn miniscule salaries. They only managed a couple of regional hits at Hitsville U.S.A.: "I'll Always You" and "Truly Yours" and one big one, "It's a Shame," which came near the end of their contract. But the time proved well spent. Those less-than-lucrative years garnered a loyal following and respect from insiders like Thom Bell, who picked the Spinners from a group of artists -- some better known -- to produce for Atlantic Records. The relationship resulted in a blistering '70s hit barrage that made them arguably -- with the O'Jays, another group who suffered in the '60s -- the top male vocal group of that decade. Collectables chronicles the essentials on this multi-disc collection that includes a super helping of their '80s tracks as well. You'll be spinning and singing to the jaunty tunes and moaning with Philippe Wynne on the weepers. The different leads -- Wynne, Bobby Smith, Henry Fambrough, John Edwards, and Dionne Warwick on "Then Came You" -- provide contrast. And the producers after Bell, including Michael Zager, keep this monumental compilation compelling.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/28/2000
Label: Collectables
UPC: 0090431008522
catalogNumber: 85


Disc 1

  1. Fascinating Rhythm
  2. I've Got to Make It on My Own
  3. Living a Little, Laughing a Little
  4. One of a Kind (Love Affair)
  5. Then Came You
  6. Sadie
  7. How Could I Let You Get Away
  8. Could It Be I'm Falling in Love
  9. Superstar Medley: It's Not Unusual/Don't Mess With Bill/Paper Doll
  10. Love Don't Love Nobody
  11. Mighty Love

Disc 2

  1. Now That We're Together
  2. You're All I Need in Life
  3. If You Can't Be in Love
  4. The Rubberband Man
  5. Toni My Love
  6. Four Hands in the Fire
  7. The Clown
  8. Wake up Susan
  9. I'm Gonna Getcha
  10. I'm Tired of Giving
  11. Painted Magic
  12. You Got the Love That I Need
  13. Heaven on Earth (So Fine)
  14. Back in the Arms of Love
  15. (Love Is) One Step Away
  16. Easy Come, Easy Go
  17. Baby I Need Your Love (You're the Only One)

Disc 3

  1. It's a Natural Affair
  2. Don't Let the Man Get You
  3. (A) Plain and Simple Love Song
  4. Are You Ready for Love
  5. I Love the Music
  6. One Man Wonderful Band
  7. If You Wanna Do a Dance (All Night)
  8. Once You Fall in Love
  9. Love Trippin'
  10. Heavy on the Sunshine
  11. Medley: Cupid/I've Loved You for a Long Time
  12. I Just Want to Be With You
  13. Streetwise
  14. I Just Want to Fall in Love
  15. Now That You're Mine Again
  16. Split Decision
  17. I'm Takin' You Back
  18. Pipe Dream

Disc 4

  1. Me and My Music
  2. I Found Love (When I Found You)
  3. I'm Riding Your Shadow (Down to Love)
  4. You're the Love of My Life
  5. I Must Be Living for a Broken Heart
  6. Honey, I'm in Love With You
  7. Just to Be With You
  8. You're Throwing a Good Love Away
  9. Medley: Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains the Same
  10. Almost All the Way to Love
  11. The Winter of Our Love
  12. Be My Love
  13. Give Your Lady What She Wants
  14. Long Live Soul Music

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spinners   Primary Artist
Michael Zager   Conductor
Thom Bell   Conductor

Technical Credits

Roy Brown   Composer
Sam Cooke   Composer
Michael Zager   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Frank Hooker   Composer
Leroy Bell   Composer
Thom Bell   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tony Bell   Composer
T.G. Conway   Composer
Linda Creed   Composer
Bruce Hawes   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Casey James   Composer
Joseph B. Jefferson   Composer
Bill Lamb   Composer
Theodore Life   Composer
Jerry Love   Executive Producer
Charles Simmons   Composer
Phil Terry   Composer
Mark Marymont   Liner Notes
Melvin Steals   Composer
Vinnie Barrett   Composer
Sherman Marshall   Composer
Yvette Davis   Composer
Philip T. Pugh   Composer

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