Going to a Go-Go/Away We a Go-Go

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Gathering the first two long-players credited to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, this two-fer compiles the 1965 and 1967 releases Going to a Go-Go and Away We a Go-Go. Admittedly, these are early entries into the voluminous Smokey catalog; artistically, however, both albums reflect the infinite talents of Robinson and company. Additionally, they are a testament to the cohesive, timeless, and fully developed sounds emanating from the inhabitants of Hitsville USA and the originators of the self-proclaimed Sound of Young America. Both LPs included copious hits, including "My Girl Has Gone," "Ooo Baby Baby," "Going to a Go-Go," "Come 'Round Here I'm the One You Need," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Gathering the first two long-players credited to Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, this two-fer compiles the 1965 and 1967 releases Going to a Go-Go and Away We a Go-Go. Admittedly, these are early entries into the voluminous Smokey catalog; artistically, however, both albums reflect the infinite talents of Robinson and company. Additionally, they are a testament to the cohesive, timeless, and fully developed sounds emanating from the inhabitants of Hitsville USA and the originators of the self-proclaimed Sound of Young America. Both LPs included copious hits, including "My Girl Has Gone," "Ooo Baby Baby," "Going to a Go-Go," "Come 'Round Here I'm the One You Need," and "Tracks of My Tears." However, equally enduring are the deeper album cuts that become more sharply defined when juxtaposed with the previously mentioned chart-topping and genre-defining works. "In Case You Need Love," "From Head to Toe," and "Let Me Have Some" are but a few of the up-tempo and rhythm-heavy sides that display the same "good-time" atmosphere as the title track, but became overshadowed in its wake. While the soul rattlin' "More, More, More of Your Love," as well as the crossover hit and leadoff track, "Whole Lot of Shakin' in My Heart Since I Met You," are featured on Away We a Go-Go, the album contains more than a few moments of pure and achingly sublime Smokey -- following in the tradition of the classic smoldering Motown love song. The dramatic brass arrangements on "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" were obvious influences on the Thom Bell-led Philly soul revolution nearly a decade later. It is the delivery, however, that emotes this version over and beyond Dusty Springfield's more popular rendering. Likewise, the tight string arrangement on "Oh Be My Love" can directly be linked to the similar scores on sexy soul classics such as Brenda & the Tabulations' "The Touch of You" or Barbara Mason's "I'm Ready." The real star of the Motown "classic albums" series is the opulent sound. Although a majority of this material has been previously available on CD, the marked improvement in sound quality makes this rendering indispensable for Motown advocates young and old.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2001
  • Label: Universal Import
  • UPC: 044001335822
  • Catalog Number: 13358

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Primary Artist, Track Performer
Smokey Robinson Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Lamont Dozier Producer
Mickey Gentile Producer
Brian Holland Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore Composer
Norman Whitfield Producer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Ben Young Project Design
Robert Rogers Composer, Producer
Frank T. Wilson Producer
Maggie Agard Package Concept
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smokey's writing at its peak w/ the Miracles

    Here is Smokey's '60's writing at it's best. If you were around then, it will bring a flood of memories to your heart and mind. If you weren't, then use this as a course in popular Songwriting 101. especially if your're a songwriter. The similes and metaphors within the lyrical structures should be a field day for any English teacher attempting to teach the use of everyday language to writing students. Even the so-called fillers turn out to gems, ''Swept For You Baby'' is a study in personification as the character likens himself to ''a broom'' no less. ''Ooh Baby Baby,'' a perrenial favorite defines the law of ''a man begging for....'' Listen and you'll get the message.

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