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Best Of: Anthology
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Best Of: Anthology
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
  •  Track Listings (26) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (24) - Disc #2

Bob Dylan once called Smokey Robinson "one of America's greatest living poets," and one listen to the 50 sumptuous tracks in this power-packed two-CD set provides validation for the quote. Aside from being Motown founder B...  more »


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All Artists: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Title: Best Of: Anthology
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Motown
Release Date: 3/21/1995
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
Styles: Classic R&B, Motown, Soul
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 731453047228

Bob Dylan once called Smokey Robinson "one of America's greatest living poets," and one listen to the 50 sumptuous tracks in this power-packed two-CD set provides validation for the quote. Aside from being Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr.'s right-hand man almost from the label's inception, William "Smokey" Robinson was the author of a truckload of hits for the fledgling Motor City operation. With the Miracles, he was in peak form. This excellent compilation covers all the bases: from timeless classics such as "Shop Around," "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Ooo Baby Baby," "The Tracks of My Tears," "More Love," "I Second That Emotion," and the immortal "Tears of a Clown" to gems like 1960's "Who's Lovin' You" (later popularized by a youthful Michael Jackson and his brothers) and the group's earliest sides, "Got a Job," "Bad Girl," and "Way Over There." There are treats like a live version of "Going to a Go-Go" and previously unreleased cuts like "My Heart Says Yes" and "'Til You Were Gone." Truly a remarkable collection that leaves no doubt that Smokey and the Miracles remained at the top of their game for almost 15 years. --David Nathan

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How can this be in limited release!?!?!?!?
Craig Matteson | Ann Arbor, MI | 07/08/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This great collection should be permanently available. It is impossible to overstate the influence of Smokey Robinson to the Motown Sound and to sixties music (and beyond!) in general. The sound of these disks is very good. The booklet has some great photos, material about the history of the group, and information about each recording.The only thing that I keep wondering is why people insist that the great sounding bassoon on "Tears of a Clown" is a baritone sax. Folks, that is a BASSOON!"
One of the best of the soul era
willgee | 12/04/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone who remembers the music of the late 50's and the sounds of the soul era must have this album. Smokey and the Miracles take you from the highs to the lows...alternately clapping and crying. Although not all of thes songs were tremendous hits, you'll remember them from somewhere."
willgee | ca | 06/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)


I dont care what others say about The Supremes,Temptations, or other Motown groups,the MIRACLES were the greatest group to ever come out of Motown.PERIOD!! Why ? for one thing,they were the FIRST MOTOWN GROUP.It was their success that paved the way for all the others. Had they not been sucessful, there would have been NO MOTOWN,and none of those other groups would have been found fame ,or at least not to the extent which they did.They also had Motown's first million-selling record "Shop Around".THE MIRACLES put MOTOWN ON THE MAP!! During the company's critical early years- 1959-1964- they were BY FAR Motowns TOP GROUP,(despite what certain reviewers have written}with TOP 10 pop hits in 1961,'62,AND '63,the STAR ATTRACTION of the legendary MOTORTOWN REVUES,and the only group that was bringing any serious money into the company!!Yet,while all the others were inducted, AS GROUPS,into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME,THE MIRACLES were ignored. They chose to induct only SMOKEY.What a shame and insult to Motown's First Group. The TEMPTATIONS ? great singers and dancers to be sure,but what most Temptations fans won't tell you is that 9 of their first 12 hits were actually written by The MIRACLES !! not just Smokey,THE WHOLE GROUP !! Don't believe it ? just look at the writing credits on the Tempts GREATEST HITS album !THE SUPREMES ? They wouldn't have even GOTTEN on Motown if not for Smokey !!Stevie Wonder? He was discovered by Miracles member RONNIE WHITE !! MARVIN GAYE,MARY WELLS,& THE MARVELETTES? Yeah,they wrote their stuff too.The MIRACLES were responsible, either directly or indirectly,for the success of just about EVERY EARLY ARTIST on the MOTOWN LABEL!! In fact ,of the five leading Motown groups ( Supremes, Temptations,4 tops,Miracles,J-5 }The MIRACLES were the ONLY ones that wrote their own material !! Hopefully one day ,the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME will induct them ALL,SMOKEY,BOBBY,RONNIE,PETE, MARV & CLAUDETTE ,not just SMOKEY , as they did.Want to know why they deserve it? Just listen to this CD.Then read the writing credits. It will prove that SMOKEY wasn't the ONLY serious talent in this group !!