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    Demon Reissues Thom Bell-Produced New York City’s “I’m Doin’ Fine Now”

    I had not known this was a Thom Bell production -

    https://theseconddisc.com/2020/10/12...doin-fine-now/

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    I fondly remember New York City's hit song, "I'm Doin' Fine Now". I bought the single when it came out back in '73 so I knew it was a Thom Bell production (as well as a co-write). Even though the song sounds like what The Spinners were doing at the time, it's still a highlight of the Philly Soul era. Thanks PNH for the news about the reissue of their album.

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    It's a shame that Thom Bell did not have the same success with NYC as he did with the Spinners. The sound was there as well as the talent. I love every song on this collection. I have a Sequel compilation CD [made in England] that has two complete albums in the issuance. I'm Doin' Fine Now b/w Soulful Road. I doubt anyone who purchases this would regret doing so. It is worth every cent of it.

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    I only know the one hit. I'm gonna try to check out their other songs.
    I'm Doin' Fine Now kicked major booty....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9XzgaiCSvI

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motown Eddie View Post
    I fondly remember New York City's hit song, "I'm Doin' Fine Now". I bought the single when it came out back in '73 so I knew it was a Thom Bell production (as well as a co-write). Even though the song sounds like what The Spinners were doing at the time, it's still a highlight of the Philly Soul era. Thanks PNH for the news about the reissue of their album.
    It sure was a great single! I hope the lp reissue does well enough to encourage a cd release as well.

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    Hi. I strongly agree with Bill that Sequel's CD The Best Of New York City which includes all 21 Thom Bell produced tracks is your best bet if you can find a copy. My favorite New York City track by far is their top 20 R&B hit "Happiness Is" written by Jefferson, Hawes and Simmons. Thom Bell didn't really care for New York City's lead singer and this was merely a contractual obligation for him, but many nice recordings did come out of this collaboration.

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    Hi!

    This is what Thom Bell said in Bob Stanley's liner notes to the recent Kent CD "Ready Or Not/Thom Bell" on the New York City track, "I'm Doing Fine Now." -

    "A lot of people thought it was the Spinners, I couldn't help it! The guys got mad - one was a security guard, another was a bartender - and they got mad because people talked about me more than they talked about them. 'It's the Thom Bell sound', and they got jealous of that. I said man, what can I do? So they quit."

    Best regards
    Heikki

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBagley View Post
    Hi. I strongly agree with Bill that Sequel's CD The Best Of New York City which includes all 21 Thom Bell produced tracks is your best bet if you can find a copy. My favorite New York City track by far is their top 20 R&B hit "Happiness Is" written by Jefferson, Hawes and Simmons. Thom Bell didn't really care for New York City's lead singer and this was merely a contractual obligation for him, but many nice recordings did come out of this collaboration.
    According to the book about The Philly Sound, A House On Fire, Thom Bell didn't even like the name of the group! The book also states that he didn't like their voices & had to use "every trick in the book" to make NYC sound good. But as you said, many nice recordings did come out of the collaboration.

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    All interesting news. I had never made a Spinners-connection but won't deny a certain aural similarity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodward View Post
    It's a shame that Thom Bell did not have the same success with NYC as he did with the Spinners. The sound was there as well as the talent. I love every song on this collection. I have a Sequel compilation CD [made in England] that has two complete albums in the issuance. I'm Doin' Fine Now b/w Soulful Road. I doubt anyone who purchases this would regret doing so. It is worth every cent of it.
    I have that cd, and it is indeed excellent. I still have the original vinyl album too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    I had not known this was a Thom Bell production -

    https://theseconddisc.com/2020/10/12...doin-fine-now/
    Where have you been?
    It is included on the excellent compilation cd from Kent/Ace which provides an oversight of Tom Bell's career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    Where have you been?
    It is included on the excellent compilation cd from Kent/Ace which provides an oversight of Tom Bell's career.
    Ha - I'm always ... 'here'! I regret, though, that I just can't buy every one of the wonderful cd's that are released. Such is life!

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