I finished up the 2017 SunRype Tri-Kids season yesterday in Milton, Ontario by marshaling over 800 kids around the very windy 1300m bike course for a total of 123k all in. And today, the legs feel great. Where I don’t have anything else on the docket aside from the typical “Festival of Nothingness” that follows a big day in the saddle, I’m catching up on the weekend domestics like laundry, dishes, kitchen, etc. along to the ‘From Here to Eternally‘ album by the Spinners.
HRH and I found this album for $5.00 at the Our Favorite Record Shop in Thorold, Ontario a few weeks back. It was immediately of interest to me because, well, the cover is awesome. I mean, it has lizards, dragons and other menacing looking flying creatures over an apocalyptic landscape with this bare-chested, winged demon thing playing a guitar made of bones held together by live snake guitar strap.
HRH said that the winged creatures count as birds so, she approved as well.
And let’s not forget to mention the erupting volcano and huge abdominaled, four-armed He-thing playing the keyboards that graces the back cover either.
Aside from all that epic artistic awesomeness, I had no idea who the Spinners really were but I knew I had to have the album for the cover alone.
The Spinners are an American rhythm and blues vocal group in the “Philadelphia Soul” tradition that formed in Detroit, Michigan, in 1954. They enjoyed a string of hit singles and albums throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s and, apparently, still perform today albeit there is only one member of the group remaining (Henry Fambrough). In 2015, they were actually nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This album, released in 1979 showcases some very good Soul Explosion, albeit the album takes a bit to warm up. There’s the melodic and disco-styled ‘Are You Ready for Love‘, where the voices meshes with their patently effervescent production. It’s pretty awesome honestly. The album’s effort’s only released single, ‘If You Wanna Do a Dance (All Night)”, comes off like a more languid ‘Rubberband Man‘ but, hey, I like soul cheese as well so I still think it’s fun to do while putting dishes away, folding laundry, etc.
And so it goes on this Holiday Monday.