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The Spinners: While The City Sleeps (CD)

(Ace Records) 25 tracks with 16 page booklet

The Detroit vocal group’s “2nd Time Around” album, originally released in 1970, with 13 bonus tracks including 10 previously unissued masters from the Motown vaults.

The majority of tracks here date from 1967 to 1970. The exceptions are the haunting ‘While The City Sleeps’, recorded on the West Coast in 1965, and ‘I Can’t Let You Go’ from 1966, both featuring Bobby Smith on lead. Bobby also fronts the group on ‘(She’s Gonna Love Me) At Sundown’ and shares lead with G.C. Cameron on ‘Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music’. The remaining 21 tracks all feature lead vocals by G.C. Cameron, who joined the group in 1967 following the departure of Edgar “Chico” Edwards.       

As Keith Hughes notes in the booklet, “In the course of their seven-year contract with Motown, the Spinners released a handful of singles and two albums: a total of just 25 tracks. But they were constantly in the studio, and recorded over 130 songs for the company. During the early years, most of their material was written and produced by Harvey Fuqua, but from 1967 on they were passed from hand to hand as Motown tried to find a hit song for them.”

Frustrated by their lack of success, when a vacancy arose, G.C. Cameron was recruited to add a new dimension to the Spinners’ sound. As Bobby Smith recalled, “We would hang around the studio every day trying to get on the background scene – whatever they needed us to do to make some money. We became real good friends of Stevie Wonder and he liked the way G.C. sang. So we talked Stevie into doing a song on us.” ‘It’s A Shame’, produced and co-written by Stevie, became the biggest hit of the group’s Motown tenure, prompting the release of their second LP.

The cast list of songwriters and producers on this expanded version of the album is enough to delight every Motown fan’s heart, with Smokey Robinson, Edwin Starr, Ivy Jo Hunter, Norman Whitfield, Johnny Bristol, Mickey Stevenson, Al Cleveland, Marc Gordon and Hal Davis all making appearances. There’s also an early Rick James song and production. G.C. Cameron displays his talent for vocal mimicry on many of the tracks, at times sounding like his pal Dennis Edwards, at others like the rougher-voiced guys at Stax. He even does an impression of Smokey Robinson.

The Spinners bade farewell to G.C. Cameron and Motown in 1972 and signed with Atlantic Records, where they achieved fame and fortune with new co-lead singer Philippe Wynne. Here is your chance to hear them poised on the cusp of long-overdue international success.

ERIC CHARGE


Article properties: The Spinners: While The City Sleeps (CD)

  • Interpret: The Spinners

  • Album titlle: While The City Sleeps (CD)

  • Genre Soul

  • Label Ace Records

  • Year of publication 2018
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667090926

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Spinners, The - While The City Sleeps (CD) CD 1
01 It's a shame
02 I've got to find myself a brand new baby
03 Together we can make such sweet music
04 Bad, bad weather (till you come home)
05 Pay them no mind
06 My lady love
07 Souly ghost
08 O-o-h child
09 In my diary
10 My whole world ended (the moment you left me)
11 (she's gonna love me) at sundown
12 love is blue I can sing a rainbow
13 Mental telepathy
14 Satisfaction guaranteed
15 Sunshine train
16 While the city sleeps
17 I can't let you go
18 Your sweet love is all i need (your love is sufficient)
19 Don't take your love away i can't stand it
20 That's what girls are made for
21 Gonna keep on tryin' till i win your love
22 Sadder words were never spoken
23 Just a little part of your life
24 When it s to rain it pours
25 Why don't you try it
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Tracklist
Spinners, The - While The City Sleeps (CD) CD 1
01 It's a shame
02 I've got to find myself a brand new baby
03 Together we can make such sweet music
04 Bad, bad weather (till you come home)
05 Pay them no mind
06 My lady love
07 Souly ghost
08 O-o-h child
09 In my diary
10 My whole world ended (the moment you left me)
11 (she's gonna love me) at sundown
12 love is blue
13 Mental telepathy
14 Satisfaction guaranteed
15 Sunshine train
16 While the city sleeps
17 I can't let you go
18 Your sweet love is all i need (your love is sufficient)
19 Don't take your love away i can't stand it
20 That's what girls are made for
21 Gonna keep on tryin' till i win your love
22 Sadder words were never spoken
23 Just a little part of your life
24 When it s to rain it pours
25 Why don't you try it