The Spellbinders – The Magic of the Spellbinders (1966/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 28:37 minutes | 1,08 GB | Genre: R&B
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy
The Spellbinders were a New Jersey based soul group comprising Bobby Shivers, Elouise Pennington, Dee Grant, Jimmy Wright and McArthur Munford. “The Magic Of The Spellbinders” is considered by many soul fans to be one of the finest soul albums of the 1960s.
The Spellbinders’ sole LP, in the manner of many albums of the day, combined previously released 45s (both sides of their first three singles, from 1965 and 1966) with five additional tracks. It made for a reasonably strong mid-’60s soul album, not so much due to the group’s vocal talents (which were certainly competent) as the robust production of Van McCoy, who also wrote four of the songs. One of those McCoy compositions was “For You,” the group’s only hit of sorts (reaching the R&B Top 30 in 1965). Take away the production, however, and the material isn’t nearly as distinctive, as much of it’s similar but inferior to bigger acts like the Temptations, the Impressions, and the Drifters (the resemblance to the last of those groups really coming to the forefront on “I Need Your Love”). Still, it’s an enjoyable listen, and if it’s not among the most memorable of obscure ’60s pop-soul LPs, it’s an above-average one for its category.
1. The Spellbinders – We’re Acting Like Lovers (02:19)
2. The Spellbinders – For You (02:36)
3. The Spellbinders – Self Defense (02:23)
4. The Spellbinders – One of a Kind (02:56)
5. The Spellbinders – A Little On the Blue Side (02:29)
6. The Spellbinders – Stone In Love (02:23)
7. The Spellbinders – Baby, I Miss You (02:34)
8. The Spellbinders – That’s the Way You Make Me Feel (02:38)
9. The Spellbinders – Chain Reaction (02:37)
10. The Spellbinders – Long Lost Love (02:59)
11. The Spellbinders – I Need Your Love (02:38)