The Spinners - Happiness Is Being With The Spinners (1976/2013) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

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The Spinners - Happiness Is Being With The Spinners (1976/2013) [Official Digital Download 24-bit/96kHz]

The Spinners - Happiness Is Being With The Spinners (1976/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 35:21 minutes | 729 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Produced by Thom Bell, "Happiness Is Being With the Spinners" is the seventh studio recording by the legendary R&B group. It was the band’s final release to reach the Top Ten on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums. It features the chart-topping single “The Rubberband Man” and the standout “Wake Up Susan”.

As 1975's classic Pick of the Litter seemed to garner its strength from melancholy and faultless arrangements, this 1976 studio follow-up often wallows in style over substance and platitudes. The pretty but vacuous "Now That We're Together" is all over the road and has inane lyrics like, "You're such a great crowd/Why don't you sing loud." Other tracks "You're All I Need in Life" and "If You Can't Be in Love" all put into practice arrangements and themes that were better executed on New and Improved. Although things get a little mushy here, producer Thom Bell and the Spinners do have their moments here. The highly danceable and infectious "Rubberband Man" breaks out of this effort's stodgy surroundings and gave lead singer Philippe Wynne plenty of room for his skilled scatting and effortless riffing. The best non-hit on this effort is "Toni My Love." The song is jazzy rumination on a mature relationship and it's the only track that's skilled enough to stand tall on Pick of the Litter. Despite the few high points, Happiness Is Being with the Spinners winds down before any of its predecessors did. The best of the last tracks, "The Clown" is a little overwrought and Philippe Wynne sounds like his hands are tied. Happiness Is Being with the Spinners is one of the first Bell efforts to be partially recorded at Kaye Smith Studios in Seattle, WA, and was mastered at A&M Studios rather than Philadelphia's Sigma Sound. That fact arguably changed the winning formula and for the most part this falls short of the work that came before it.

Tracklist:

01 - Now That We're Together
02 - You're All I Need in Life
03 - If You Can't Be in Love
04 - The Rubberband Man
05 - Toni My Love
06 - Four Hands in the Fire
07 - The Clown
08 - Wake Up Susan

Produced and Arranged by Thom Bell. Engineered by Don Murray.
Recorded at Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, PA. & Kaye-Smith Studios, Seattle, WA.
Mixed at Sound Labs, Los Angeles, California & Kaye-Smith Studios, Seattle, Washington
Mastered by Bernie Grundman at A&M Studios, Hollywood, CA.

Musicians:
Philippé Wynne - vocals
Billy Henderson - vocals
Bobbie Smith - vocals
Henry Fambrough - vocals
Pervis Jackson - vocals
Bobby Eli - guitar
Tony Bell - guitar
Bob Babbit - bass
Andrew Smith - drums
Larry Washington - percussion
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Mother Father Sister Brother Orchestra
Barbara Ingram - backing vocals
Carla Benson - backing vocals
Evette Benton - backing vocals

Analyzed: The Spinners / Happiness Is Being With the Spinners
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DR Peak RMS Duration Track
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DR13 -0.04 dB -15.10 dB 3:35 01-Now That We're Together
DR13 -1.01 dB -16.69 dB 4:29 02-You're All I Need in Life
DR14 -1.89 dB -18.20 dB 3:32 03-If You Can't Be in Love
DR14 -0.01 dB -16.06 dB 7:23 04-The Rubberband Man
DR13 -1.05 dB -16.57 dB 3:44 05-Toni My Love
DR13 -0.23 dB -16.23 dB 4:04 06-Four Hands in the Fire
DR13 -1.71 dB -17.11 dB 5:08 07-The Clown
DR13 -1.00 dB -16.12 dB 3:27 08-Wake Up Susan
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Number of tracks: 8
Official DR value: DR13

Samplerate: 96000 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 2819 kbps
Codec: FLAC
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