The Spinners Spinners Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP
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Numbered, Limited Edition 180g Vinyl! Mastered from Original Master Tapes &
Pressed at RTI!
Spinners' Silky Smooth 1972 Self-Titled Record Birthed the Philadelphia Soul
Sound: Includes Top 5 Hits "I'll Be Around" and "Could It Be I'm Falling In
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Presents
Groundbreaking Soul Album With Pristine Detail, Soothing Warmth, and Involving
Sweeping Strings, Funk Rhythms, Brassy Rejoinders, Immaculate Harmonies, and
Satiny Lead Singing Fill Thom Bell's Melodic Arrangements: Few Albums Sound
Creamier Than This Watershed Effort
The timeless music and expert arrangements are about the only things smoother
than the powder-blue suits sported by the Spinners on the cover of their
resplendent self-titled 1972 record. The band's first album for Atlantic after
departing Motown, Spinners ranks as an all-time soul classic a filler-free set
boasting immaculate harmonies, sweet melodies, and impeccably matched vocals.
Thom Bell's flawless production puts it all over the top. Yielding an ideal
balance of lushness and grit, the collaboration between the Detroit-based group
and studio veteran yielded a record that birthed the celebrated Philadelphia
Sound. Now, you can finally experience it in audiophile-grade sonics.
Mastered from the original tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's
numbered limited-edition 180g LP of Spinners presents the quintet's magnum opus
with pristine detail, soothing warmth, and involving emotionalism. Free of
previously constraining ceilings, highs soar to their intended heights. Each
singer's voice can be distinctly heard amidst the expert mix. Superb dynamics,
soundstaging, and imaging highlight Bell's gorgeous orchestrations as well as
the Spinners' pillow-soft mellifluousness. Backing instrumentation, ranging from
rolling bass lines and punctual horns to swaying strings and crisp high-hat
beats, unfolds with reference-caliber purity and transparency. Not many 1970s
albums of any genre sound silkier, creamier, or more tonally rich than this LP.
While the career-defining performances within the grooves cannot be overlooked,
Spinners remains equally notable for its historical importance. At the dawn of
the '70s, Motown still held sway as the dominant soul style. Yet the Spinners'
decision to move to Atlantic prompted by a suggestion by Aretha Franklin and
refashion their approach with Bell signaled a sea change that ushered in a
smoother, sweeter variety of R&B punctuated with sweeping strings, jazzy
flourishes, brassy replies, and funk rhythms. Few, if any, vocal groups mesh
these traits more convincingly, pleasingly, and naturally than the Spinners on
this watershed effort.
Anchored by Top 5 smashes like "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love,"
Spinners signaled the beginning of a partnership with Bell that lasted seven
years and elevated the band to stardom. Indeed, even in spite of the four hit
singles, the record remains defined by an artistic consistency, watertight
focus, and collective unity that make everything here deserving of close
attention. Flush with catchy hooks and pop accents, each song is treated as a
potential anthem. Laden with depth and richness, Bell's savvy, wide-open
arrangements frame the Spinners' satiny singing with sensual class and refined
Heaven-sent voices do the rest. Making his first appearance on record as a
member, Philippe Wynne treats the carefully honed material as a breakout session
for his dulcet tenor on tracks such as "One of a Kind (Love Affair)." Not
to be outdone, the equally measured Bobbie Smith mesmerizes with his deft
phrasing, reedy timbre, and sparkling clarity, never finer than on the
million-selling "I'll Be Around." Solo or paired together, Wynne and
Smith's glorious leads run the gamut from upbeat and optimistic to sad and
forlorn, forming the backbone of a masterwork that addresses romance ("Just You
and Me Baby"), regret ("How Could I Let You Get Away"), and social ills ("Ghetto
Child") with consummate passion.
Numbered, Limited Edition
Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Pressed at RTI
1. Just Cant Get You Out of My Mind
2. Just You and Me Baby
3. Dont Let the Green Grass Fool You
4. I Could Never (Repay Your Love)
5. Ill Be Around
1. One of a Kind (Love Affair)
2. We Belong Together
3. Ghetto Child
4. How Could I Let You Get Away
5. Could It Be Im Falling In Love