Going to a Go-Go/Away We a Go-Go [Expanded]

Going to a Go-Go/Away We a Go-Go [Expanded]

by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Going to a Go-Go/Away We a Go-Go [Expanded]

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 bonus material continues in the same vein with an intimate studio version of "Goin' Out of My Head" and a rare live recording of "A Fork in the Road." The latter is from a September 1966 performance by Smokey & the Miracles at the infamous Roostertail Club in Detroit -- which held a series of live performances called "Motown Monday." Some might recognize the title "It's Fantastic" from the 1979 compilation LP From the Vaults. While this is the same track, featured here is a previously unearthed stereo version that unleashes a fuller and more vocally prominent mix. 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2002
Label: Motown
UPC: 0044001722721
catalogNumber: 017227

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Marvin Tarplin   Guitar

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Composer
Teddy Randazzo   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Producer
Esmond Edwards   Original Cover Artwork
Mickey Gentile   Producer
Brian Holland   Producer
Ivy Jo Hunter   Producer
Terry Johnson   Composer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer,Producer
Norman Whitfield   Producer
Bobby Rogers   Producer
Bobby Rodgers   Contributor
Adam White   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Frank Wilson   Producer
Ronald White   Contributor
Bob Weinstein   Composer
Robert Rogers   Composer
Claudette   Contributor
Harry Webber   Original Cover Artwork
Frank E. Wilson   Composer

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