ARTIST: The Miracles
TITLE: The 35th Anniversary Collection
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Top 5: Shop Around (#2 US, #1 R&B), You Really Got a Hold on Me (#8 US, #1 UK), Mickey’s Monkey (#8 US, #3 R&B), Ooo Baby Baby (#16 US, #4 R&B), The Tracks of My Tears (#16 US, #2 R&B, #9 UK), My Girl Has Gone (#14 US, #3 UK), Going to a Go-Go (#11 US, #2 R&B, #44 UK), (Come ‘Round Here) I’m the One You Need (#17 US, #4 R&B, #13 UK), More Love (#23 US, #5 R&B), I Second That Emotion (#4 US, #1 R&B, #27 UK), If You Can Wait (#11 US, #3 R&B, #50 UK), Special Occasion (#26 US, #4 R*B), Baby, Baby Don’t Cry (#8 US, #3 R&B), Point It Out (#37 US, #4 R&B), The Tears of a Clown (#1 US, #1 R&B, #1 UK), Do It Baby (#13 US, #4 R&B), Don’t ‘Cha Love It (#78 US, #4 R&B), Love Machine (#1 US, #5 R&B, #3 UK), Crusin’ (Smokey Robinson solo) (#4 US, #4 R&B), Being with You (Smokey Robinson solo) (#2 US, #1 R&B, #1 UK), One Heartbeat (#10 US, #3 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Many, since a lot of tracks on this were also recorded by other Motown stars.
LINEUP: Smokey Robinson, Claudette Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Marv Tarplin, Ronald White, Pete Moore, Billy Griffin with the Funk Brothers and other session players.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The heart and soul of Motown Records.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: There are lots of other compilations around, but this gigantic set not only gets you the hits from the entire career of the Miracles, along with some Smokey Robinson hits, it demonstrates why they were so important to that label.
The Miracles not only were great performers, they all wrote and arranged material for Motown. All of the Miracles were key elements to the Motown sound, and their albums were chock full of deep cuts that were hits in waiting.
Without this group, Motown and the music industry wouldn’t be the same. It’s interesting that some great songs by them, like “The Tracks of My Tears” didn’t chart higher, but they were competing against their own songs at time.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Tears of a Clown” was released as a single as Smokey Robinson was phasing out his involvement with the group. It was a mere deep album cut from 1967 that became their first #1 on the pop charts. Don’t sleep on the deep cuts.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No. But there are 96 tracks to choose from!
GRADE: A+: Maybe some of the early tracks are a bit shaky, but they hit it huge in 1960 with “Shop Around” and from then, they were a juggernaut.