The Best of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
This compilation is not as thorough as the four-disc 35th Anniversary Collection, which highlighted the Miracles inside out and upside down. The main difference is the exclusion of any solo sides by Smokey Robinson and the omission of some choice B-sides, never before released tracks, and some minor A-sides. Motown must not own the rights to "I Need Some Money," an early release that appeared on End Records the doo wop-flavored ditty also failed to make the mammoth 35th compilation. This one flows from beginning to end, commencing with "Got a Job" the Miracles answer to "Get a Job" to a second version of "Going to a Go-Go" to end the CD. Hear the different shades and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
This compilation is not as thorough as the four-disc 35th Anniversary Collection, which highlighted the Miracles inside out and upside down. The main difference is the exclusion of any solo sides by Smokey Robinson and the omission of some choice B-sides, never before released tracks, and some minor A-sides. Motown must not own the rights to "I Need Some Money," an early release that appeared on End Records the doo wop-flavored ditty also failed to make the mammoth 35th compilation. This one flows from beginning to end, commencing with "Got a Job" the Miracles answer to "Get a Job" to a second version of "Going to a Go-Go" to end the CD. Hear the different shades and tones of Smokey's voice, from the high clear Nolan Strong-inspired tenor on "You Can Depend on Me" to the low, blues-influenced register on "I've Been Good to You." Listen to how polished he sounds on the Miracles' final recordings "We've Come Too Far to End It Now" and "I Can't Stand to See You Cry" -- but nothing beats the confident tenor he used in the mid-'60s on "Ooh Baby Baby," "Tracks of My Tears," and "My Girl Has Gone." This compilation is perfect for serious Miracles fans who prefer their Smokey solo tracks on the side and not as part of the entree.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/1995
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453047242
  • Catalog Number: 530472

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Got a Job (2:44)
  2. 2 Bad Girl (2:44)
  3. 3 Way Over There (2:56)
  4. 4 Depend on Me, (You Can) (3:10)
  5. 5 Who's Lovin' You (3:06)
  6. 6 Shop Around (2:52)
  7. 7 Ain't It Baby (2:35)
  8. 8 Mighty Good Lovin' (2:39)
  9. 9 Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues (2:57)
  10. 10 What's So Good About Goodbye (2:24)
  11. 11 I've Been Good to You (2:42)
  12. 12 A Love That Can Never Be (2:49)
  13. 13 I'll Try Something New (2:39)
  14. 14 My Heart Says Yes (2:28)
  15. 15 A Love She Can Count On (2:54)
  16. 16 You've Really Got a Hold on Me (2:59)
  17. 17 Mickey's Monkey (2:48)
  18. 18 I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying (2:40)
  19. 19 Man in You, (You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The (2:58)
  20. 20 I Like It Like That (2:37)
  21. 21 That's What Love Is Made Of (2:59)
  22. 22 Show Me You Can Dance (2:24)
  23. 23 Come on Do the Jerk (2:40)
  24. 24 OOO Baby Baby (2:45)
  25. 25 My Girl Has Gone (2:56)
  26. 26 The Tracks of My Tears (3:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Going to a Go-Go (2:52)
  2. 2 Whole Lot of Shakin' in My Heart (Since I Met You) (2:44)
  3. 3 Choosey Beggar (2:34)
  4. 4 I'm the One You Need, (Come 'Round Here) (2:32)
  5. 5 The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage (3:02)
  6. 6 'Til You Were Gone (2:53)
  7. 7 I Second That Emotion (2:43)
  8. 8 More Love (2:51)
  9. 9 If You Can Want (2:28)
  10. 10 Yester Love (2:20)
  11. 11 Baby, Baby Don't Cry (4:00)
  12. 12 Special Occasion (2:20)
  13. 13 Here I Go Again (2:59)
  14. 14 Point It Out (2:40)
  15. 15 Doggone Right (3:00)
  16. 16 Abraham, Martin, And John (3:04)
  17. 17 Who's Gonna Take the Blame (3:30)
  18. 18 The Tears of a Clown (3:06)
  19. 19 I Don't Blame You at All (3:09)
  20. 20 I Can't Stand to See You Cry (3:40)
  21. 21 Crazy About the la la La (2:55)
  22. 22 Satisfaction (3:18)
  23. 23 We've Come Too Far to End It Now (3:51)
  24. 24 Going to a Go-Go (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Primary Artist, Track Performer
Smokey Robinson Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Warren "Pete" Moore Vocals
Claudette Robinson Vocals
Ronald White Vocals
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Earl Hines Composer
Wade Marcus Arranger
Nick Ashford Composer, Producer
H.B. Barnum Arranger
Candace Bond Executive Producer
Johnny Bristol Composer, Producer
Tyran Carlo Composer
Al Cleveland Composer, Producer
Henry Cosby Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lamont Dozier Composer, Producer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer, Producer
Amy Herot Executive Producer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer, Producer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Terry Johnson Composer, Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore Producer
Paul Riser Arranger
Valerie Simpson Composer, Producer
William "Mickey" Stevenson Producer
David Van De Pitte Arranger
Stevie Wonder Composer
David Ritz Liner Notes
Geoff Gans Art Direction
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Frank Wilson Producer
Ronald White Composer
Robert Staunton Composer, Producer
Robert Rogers Composer, Producer
David H. Jones Composer
Louis Dunlap Composer
Dick Holler Composer
Charles Jones Composer
Wade Jr. Brown Composer
Robert Walker Composer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Warren Moore Composer
Frank E. Wilson Composer
Donald Whited Composer
Charlie Carpenter Composer
Robert Walker Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Motown's Master Builder At His Best

    The rise of Smokey Robinson, shown on this CD, paralells the rise of Motown as a social force. Their early career was spent adapting others' hit songs (the Silouettes on 'Got A Job,' the Drifters on 'Way Over There') then introducing self-penned material (the darting 'Shop Around,' the yearning 'You Really Got A Hold On Me') with all the seminal 60s hits that followed. Smokey's drama on 'Come 'Round Here' matches the stirring Four Tops' hits of the era ('Bernadette,' etc.) while his mastery of the soul ballad ('Just A Mirage,' 'Ooo Baby Baby,' 'Baby, Baby Don't Cry,' insert your fave here) left entire song styles and radio formats open for business. (Credit should also go to Smokey's wife Claudette, harmonizers Pete Moore and Bobby Rogers, and guitarist Marv Tauplin for his superb intros to 'Mirage' and 'Tracks of My Tears.' If you doubt Smokey Robinson deserved Bob Dylan's reference to him as 'America's greatest living poet,' listen to the alliteration and rhythm of 'I Don't Blame You At All,' his last hit with the Miracles. Even as Motown dominates oldies formats to this day, Smokey Robinson's music remains timeless. This is one ESSENTIAL set.

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