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Album Review

Riding high off of a Grammy nod as Producer of the Year for his work on the Spinners 1973 eponymous album, Philly soul mastermind Thom Bell infused their next collection, Mighty Love (1974), with the similar mix of lushly scored slow jams and stylish midtempo R&B entries. Although the group had been around since the mid-'50s, by the time the quintet began their stint on Atlantic, the lineup featured Henry Fambrough (baritone vocal), Billy Henderson (tenor vocal), Pervis Jackson (bass vocal), Bobbie Smith (tenor vocal), and the then-most-recent addition in 1971, Philippe Wynne (tenor vocal). Several of Bell's distinct arrangements would not only become instant enthusiast favorites, but crossover hits as well. While chronologically the first cut to make the charts — as it had been released several weeks before the long-player — the title track "Mighty Love" was ironically the last on the platter. The luminous and brisk melody is complemented by optimistic leads from Smith and Wynne. The latter turned in a soulful outing comparable to that of Al Green. When featured as a focus track, it was split into two parts with "Mighty Love, Pt. 1" vaulting to the top of the R&B survey and up to number 20 as a Pop single. The Bell co-penned "I'm Coming Home" followed with a chipper groove that showed off the tight horn section and a vibe that would reappear slightly reconfigured and significantly pumped up on "Rubberband Man" several years later. Conversely, the tender seven-plus-minute ballad "Love Don't Love Nobody" is a heart-wrenching yet all too common tale of unrequited affection. It's likewise a perfect vehicle for Wynne's precise tone and elastic vocal range, following in the successful footsteps of "I'm Coming Home" and "Love Don't Love Nobody" landing in the upper reaches (number four) of the R&B as well as the Top 20 (number 15) of the Pop countdown. Tucked in between the more prominent selections are a few lesser-known but equally worthwhile sides, such as the exquisite and refined "He'll Never Love You Like I Do" and the funky, laid-back "Ain't No Price on Happiness," oozing the unmistakable sound of Philly soul.

Customer Reviews

The best of the best

This is a great album the spinners at there best

Bobby Bee

This albulm, along w/ the original Blue Magic & Barry's 'I've Got So Much to Give', put me to sleep every night once I reached Ft. Bragg, N.C.!!! Imagine THAT soundtrack! huh?! Has to be their GREATEST albulm , I own it and downloaded 5 of the 12!!!!!

Mighty Spinners

This was one of the best albums of the summer of 1974. We played this album until the grooves on the vinyl turned white and we had to buy another copy!!!! The harmonies of the Spinners were tight and the songwriting of Thom Bell & Linda Creed worked those harmonies to death. This album was bad (and that means good). 5ive stars :-). So why did you go and mess up a good thing by adding the last 4 songs on this Masterpiece, and shortening the length of "Love Don't Love Nobody?" The original songs were fine without these add ons!!


Formed: 1961 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The Spinners were the greatest soul group of the early '70s, creating a body of work that defined the lush, seductive sound of Philly soul. Ironically, the band's roots lay in Detroit, where they formed as a doo wop group during the late '50s. Throughout the '60s, the Spinners tried to land a hit by adapting to the shifting fashions of R&B and pop. By the mid-'60s, they had signed with Motown Records, but the label never gave the group much consideration. "It's a Shame" became a hit in 1970, but...
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