The Spinners Live!
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- Released: March 14, 2006
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Collectables Records
Description by OLDIES.com:
R&B favorites The Spinners had an incredible run of hits in the early to mid-'70s. This live album originaly released as a two LP set has long been a favorite of Spinners' fans, as it captures the group at the peak of their powers performing hit after hit. Originally released in 1975 as a double album, this recording reached the top twenty on Billboard's album chart.
- 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
- 7.How Could I Let You Get Away
- 8.Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
- 9.It's Not Unusual / Don't Mess With Bill / Paper Doll / Stop! In the Name of Love / If I Didn't Care / Hound Dog / Hello Dolly
- 10.Love Don't Love Nobody
- 11.Mighty Love
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Liner Note Author: Mark Marymont.
Originally issued on vinyl and cassette, the Spinners' Live is much better on CD. The original was a foldout double-sleeve job with two vinyl disks. The worst tune, their campy rendition of George and Ira Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm," is track one. Maybe in person they spiced it with fancy choreography, but without any visuals, it's just blah. For some strange reason they omitted "I'll Be Around," which would have been a far superior opening track than the Gershwins' dinosaur. The excitement unfolds with "I've Got to Make It on My Own" from their latest studio album (at that point), New and Improved. They perform it with the ferocity of a new single; it wasn't, but the inspiring song should have been. Then comes siesta time again via Thom Bell and Linda Creed's unusual tempo "Living Just a Little, Laughing Just a Little"; the best way to look at that death march is to view it as the quiet before the storm of chartbusters, including "Then Came You," a theatrical "Sadie," and the swaying "How Could I Let You Get Away" (featuring imitations of Al Green, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding). They bust into "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," then traipse into a longer medley imitating everybody from Tom Jones to the Marvelettes. Philippe Wynne literally cries the lyrics in the icy rendition of "Love Don't Love Nobody" that follows, before the disk spins out with the energetic "Mighty Love." Live is a good, if not great, live album where the highs make up for the lows, but Wynne's performance makes it essential. It sold well, and fans began awaiting Live, Vol. 2 -- unfortunately, they still are. Despite good sales and more hits, the Spinners never did another live one. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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- Sales Rank: 8,735
- UPC: 090431620021
- Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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