4 Responses to People make the world go round

  1. annagranfors January 10, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I’ve said it before (I think here in comments); I’ll say it again. SOME damn record company needs to put together a definitive Thom Bell compilation (“La La Means I Love You” was one of his songs, too). The man was an incredible songwriter/producer…all the Stylistics, Spinners, Delfonics hits he wrote are some of my all-time favorites.

  2. susie January 11, 2013 at 10:03 am #

    You should write to Rhino. They’re the likely people to do it.

  3. annagranfors January 12, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    You’d think so, Susie, but I had a girlfriend who worked at Rhino for years (she was responsible for the wonderful “One Kiss Can Lead To Another–Girl Group Sounds Lost And Found”, a 5 CD box set that was packaged in a hatbox…it’s adorable) until Warners, the parent corporation, gutted the Rhino subsidiary about 3 years ago, her included.

    Rhino (and the even more eclectic Rhino Handmade, now defunct in the US as far as I can tell…there’s a UK site that still has a few releases from their catalog) ain’t what it used to be…they’re more interested in putting out easy-peasy compilations with nothing special to recommend them.

    A Thom Bell box would be more likely to come out of the UK–there’s still a few companies there like Ace and Salvo that would do a wonderful job on it.

    As always (except for the few years Rhino and others produced genuine things of wonder), America can’t be arsed to give a damn about its own culture. It’s all about the bottom line…

    It’s one of the reasons Howie Klein (once president of Reprise) disgustedly gave up on the industry years ago, and is now a part of the political blogosphere at his Down With Tyranny weblog, and allied with Digby and Amato as part of Blue America.


    But thanks for more Stylistics today…”You Are Everything” is another stellar Bell/Creed classic. Not to mention Russell Thompkins, Jr.’s gorgeous falsetto vocals.

  4. susie January 12, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    You just didn’t grow up in Philadelphia without standing on a street corner and singing these songs. Now it’s rap.

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