For the most part this is another wonderful CD reissue by the Kent and Ace team. Basically, it's the Spinners debut album for Motown, "The Original Spinners," along with a generous helping of 14 bonus tracks. I love the Spinners' 1970s material on Atlantic; some of the finest soul music ever recorded, in my opinion. But other than hearing the delectable "I'll Always Love You," I had never heard this early album by the group. They definitely adhered to the Motown sound of that era and most of the material is very good. But there are a few tracks that stray too much into early 60s doo-wop territory for my tastes. The opening track, "That's What Girls Are Made For" is one such number. Try as I might, I just can't like it. And it doesn't really fit with the following tracks on the album. Perhaps the fact that it was first released as a single in 1961, while the rest of the material on the original album was recorded between 1964 and 1966, has something to do with how "dated" that first track sounds. The first two bonus tracks --- "Darling" and "Words Can't Describe" --- are also older recordings, both from 1963, and they also have the doo-wop vibe that just doesn't cut it for me. But the rest of the bonus tracks are of surprisingly high quality and sound more like what the Spinners would record a few years later.
Kudos to the reissue team for unearthing these soul goodies. As always with these Kent/Ace compiliations, you get a very informative booklet with an essay, old photos, and comments on the songs by Spinners' singer Bobby Smith (who sadly passed away a few months ago). I think most Spinners fans will love these early recordings, even if there are a few clunkers in the batch.