SPINNERS - 8
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"Detroit" was added to the Spinners name in the UK to avoid confusion with [Invalid Artist], the UK folk group of the same name. The group was formed in the 1960s, and towards the end of the 1970s recorded several disco tracks, culminating in their 1980 international smash hit "Working My Way Back To You", arranged by Michael Zager.
The switch between lead singers presented its shares of woe. Whereas Philippe Wynne fit neatly in Thom Bell's production style, at this point Bell had no idea what to do with new lead singer John Edwards. Coupling that indisputable fact with the continuing decline of the songwriting, Spinners/8 isn't the most proficient album to come down the pike. Not everything's bad here, however. Bobbie Smith's playful lead on the well-produced "I'm Gonna Getcha" starts things off on a deceptively blithe note. With lyrics like "Count the days you can still run free" and "There's no escaping me now," stalking never sounded so mellifluous. While "I'm Tired of Giving" and "Painted Magic" are nonsensical retreads, the best parts of Spinners/8 had Bell tinkering with his style to accommodate Edwards' booming and all-encompassing vocals. Enlivened by Edwards' firepower and command, "You've Got the Love I Need" is on the track as he sings/shouts, "You've got me walking/Talking to myself." The charming and anachronistic "Heaven on Earth (So Fine)" is the only single release from this effort and later showed up on their 1991 anthology A One of a Kind Affair. While the Edwards-led "Back in the Arms of Love" and "Easy Come, Easy Go" are locked into the old style, the last track attempts a new sound. The synth-adorned ballad "Baby I Need Your Love (You're the Only One)" has smooth harmony and the minimal backing gives Edwards a great chance to vamp loudly near the end. Unfortunately, the bad outweighs the good here, making Spinners/8 the most problematic album Bell produced for the group. (AMG)
Spinners – Spinners/8
Label: Atlantic – SD 19146
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US Released: 1977
A1 I'm Gonna Getcha Written-By – L. M. Bell & C. James* 4:25
A2 I'm Tired Of Giving Written-By – C. B. Simmons*, J. B. Jefferson* 4:11
A3 Painted Magic Written-By – L. M. Bell & C. James* 4:16
A4 You Got The Love That I Need Written-By – P. Pugh*, S. Marshall* 3:34
A5 Heaven On Earth (So Fine) Written-By – C. James* 4:00
B1 Back In The Arms Of Love Written-By – B. Lamb* 4:36
B2 (Love Is) One Step Away Arranged By – Anthony S. Bell*Written-By – J. Gordon* 4:38
B3 Easy Come, Easy Go Written-By – L. M. Bell & C. James* 4:26
B4 Baby I Need Your Love (You're The Only One) Written-By, Arranged By – L. M. Bell & C. James* 6:00
Pressed By – PRC Recording Company, Richmond, IN
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Copyright (c) – Atlantic Recording Corporation
Arranged By – Thom Bell (tracks: A1 to B1, B3)
Art Direction – Eric Porter (3)
Artwork [Airbrush Rendering] – Todd Schorr
Backing Band – MFSB
Backing Vocals – Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson, Evette Benton
Bass – Bob Babbitt
Drums – Andrew Smith (4)
Engineer [Assistant] – Reed Ruddy, Winslow Kutz*
Engineer [Chief] – Don Murray
Engineer [Mixing] – Don Murray, Winslow Kutz*
Guitar – Bobby Eli, Casey James, Leroy M. Bell, Anthony S. Bell*
Keyboards – Casey James, Thom Bell
Management – Buddy Allen Management
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman
Percussion – Larry Washington
Performer [Spinners Are] – Billy Henderson, Bobbie Smith, Henry Fambrough, John Edwards (3), Pervis Jackson
Photography By – Richard J. Stanley
Producer, Conductor – Thom Bell
Timpani [Tympani] – Casey James
Typography [Logo Design] – Bob Petrick
Recorded at Kaye-Smith Studios, Seattle, WA, and Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA.
Mixed at Kaye-Smith Studios, Seattle, WA.
Mastered at A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA.
℗ © 1977 Atlantic Recording Corporation
Printed in U.S.A.
Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): ST-A-773973-C (PR)
Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): ST-A-773974-C (PR)
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