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Best of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

The Best of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

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by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
The Motor City's Smokey Robinson & the Miracles have provided the soundtrack to millions of lives. Robinson, along with Ronnie White, Bobby Rogers, and Pete Moore (and, early on, Claudette Rogers), chronicled every human emotion on their seamlessly


The Motor City's Smokey Robinson & the Miracles have provided the soundtrack to millions of lives. Robinson, along with Ronnie White, Bobby Rogers, and Pete Moore (and, early on, Claudette Rogers), chronicled every human emotion on their seamlessly constructed Motown tunes, and they ruled the '60s. ANTHOLOGY is not only a showcase for Robinson's honey-voiced harmonies but for his talent as a great American songwriter whose work compares phrase for phrase with the likes of Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin. His compositions -- the saucy and hip "Shop Around," the sweetly conflicted "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" -- were astute, catchy, and always evocative of a simultaneously specific and universal moment. "Tracks of My Tears" and "Tears of a Clown" tell of heartbreaks literally and metaphorically. The hits on this spare, two-disc set are the ones that made Smokey Robinson & the Miracles one of the top quartets of all time. The lyrics and melodies may have made an indelible impression, and we already know all the words, but even after repeated listenings, the songs all play like revelations. This collection definitely belongs in the "If you were stranded on a desert island with one thing, what would it be?" category.

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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 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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Performance Credits

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Smokey Robinson   Vocals
Warren "Pete" Moore   Vocals
Claudette Robinson   Vocals
Ronald White   Vocals

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Composer,Producer
Wade Marcus   Arranger
Nick Ashford   Composer,Producer
H.B. Barnum   Arranger
Candace Bond   Executive Producer
Johnny Bristol   Composer,Producer
Tyran Carlo   Composer
Cleveland   Composer,Producer
Henry Cosby   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer,Producer
Berry Gordy   Composer,Producer
Amy Herot   Executive Producer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer,Producer
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
Dick Holler   Composer
Charles Jones   Composer
Wade Jr. Brown   Composer
Robert Walker   Composer
Warren Moore   Composer
Frank E. Wilson   Composer
Donald Whited   Composer
Robert Walker   Producer

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The Best of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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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.