The Spinners

The Chrome Collection

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The three-CD box set The Chrome Collection doesn't miss anything that might be considered essential by virtually any Spinners fan, including as it does the major and minor chart hits from the early '60s through the mid-'80s, as well as numerous album tracks. To be honest, even if you're a big Spinners fan, you're not going to be missing much if you opt for the two-CD One of a Kind Love Affair. And if you're a general Spinners fan, Rhino's more basic single-disc The Very Best of the Spinners should satisfy. But in its favor, The Chrome Collection does include some hits that don't even make it onto One of a Kind Love Affair, particularly their 1980 Top Five smash "Cupid"/"I've Loved You for a Long Time," as well as their 1966 Motown Top 20 R&B charter "Truly Yours," numerous low-charting items from the late '70s and early '80s, and some album tracks from throughout their lifespan. Also, it's good how seven tunes from the Motown era kick off the set before getting into the Atlantic catalog that comprises all but one track of the rest of the box. Sensibly, it draws most heavily from the group's early- to mid-'70s prime, and particularly from their earliest Thom Bell-produced sessions; in fact, it has all ten songs from their self-titled 1973 debut Atlantic LP. The 60-page booklet with a detailed career summary is another nice perk. As for drawbacks, this might be too much lush soul at once for all but the most sweet-toothed soul fans, and much of disc three, covering 1977-1989, fails to measure up to the preceding two CDs, both commercially and artistically. Note, incidentally, that the versions of "Sadie" and "Painted Magic" are new edits done especially for this release, and that 22 of the tracks appear in their single versions, though these tend to be their later and less impressive singles.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:08 Amazon
2 02:46 Amazon
3 03:02 Amazon
4 03:10 Amazon
5 02:51 Amazon
6 03:12 Amazon
7 03:29 Amazon
8 03:12 Amazon
9 03:43 Amazon
10 03:01 Amazon
11 04:02 Amazon
12 06:57 Amazon
13 03:12 Amazon
14 03:33 Amazon
15 04:14 Amazon
16 03:49 Amazon
17 03:48 Amazon
18 04:13 Amazon
19 03:37 Amazon
20 07:14 Amazon
21 03:24 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:21 Amazon
2 03:58 Amazon
3 04:58 Amazon
4 04:18 Amazon
5 03:27 Amazon
6 05:04 Amazon
7 04:11 Amazon
8 03:59 Amazon
9 04:43 Amazon
10 03:43 Amazon
11 03:31 Amazon
12 03:58 Amazon
13 04:42 Amazon
14 03:43 Amazon
15 03:35 Amazon
16 03:35 Amazon
17 03:27 Amazon
18 03:28 Amazon
19 03:39 Amazon
20 03:05 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:13 Amazon
2 03:51 Amazon
3
03:49 Amazon
4 03:28 Amazon
5 03:43 Amazon
6 03:43 Amazon
7 04:07 Amazon
8 03:45 Amazon
9 04:03 Amazon
10 03:55 Amazon
11
03:51 Amazon
12 04:01 Amazon
13 04:02 Amazon
14 04:02 Amazon
15 03:36 Amazon
16 03:47 Amazon
17 03:11 Amazon
18 03:58 Amazon
19 03:34 Amazon
20 03:48 Amazon
21
03:53 Amazon
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