Going To A Go-Go (Remastered) Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Album info

Album-Release:
1965

HRA-Release:
14.01.2016

Label: UNI-MOTOWN

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Motown

Album including Album cover

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  • 1The Tracks Of My Tears02:56
  • 2Going To A Go-Go02:48
  • 3Ooo Baby Baby02:47
  • 4My Girl Has Gone02:52
  • 5In Case You Need Love02:39
  • 6Choosey Beggar02:35
  • 7Since You Won My Heart02:18
  • 8From Head To Toe02:27
  • 9All That's Good03:15
  • 10My Baby Changes Like The Weather02:49
  • 11Let Me Have Some03:10
  • 12A Fork In The Road03:25
  • Total Runtime34:01

Info for Going To A Go-Go (Remastered)

„Though its title track ignited a nationwide fad for go-go music, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' Going to a Go-Go LP certainly wasn't just a cash-in effort. It's one of the best records the group put out, and the first six songs make for the best side of any original Motown LP of the '60s (granted, all but one are also available on dozens of Miracles compilations). The four biggest hits were among the best in a set of Miracles archetypes: the throwback to the aching '50s doo wop ballad ('Ooo Baby, Baby'), the flashy up-tempo dance song ('Going to a Go-Go'), the dancing-with-tears-in-my-eyes jerker ('The Tracks of My Tears'), and the mid-tempo orchestral epic ('My Girl Has Gone'). 'Choosey Beggar' is one of the sweetest of all Robinson's lead vocals, with stunning background work by the rest of the Miracles. Even the album tracks shine, with 'All That's Good' and 'Let Me Have Some' working as excellent additions to the program.“ (John Bush, AMG)

Smokey Robinson, lead vocals
Ronnie White, background vocals
Bobby Rogers, background vocals
Warren 'Pete' Moore, background vocals
Claudette Robinson, background vocals
Marv Tarplin, guitar
Additional musicians:
The Funk Brothers and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Pete Moore, vocal arrangements

Produced by Smokey Robinson, Frank Wilson, William 'Mickey' Stevenson

Digitally remastered


Smokey Robinson
Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Smokey Robinson’s career spans over 4 decades of hits. He has received numerous awards including the Grammy Living Legend Award, NARAS Lifetime Achievement Award, Honorary Doctorate (Howard University), Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of Arts Award from the President of the United States. He has also been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school. The group was Berry Gordy’s first vocal group, and it was at Robinson’s suggestion that Gordy started the Motown Record dynasty. Their single of Robinson’s “Shop Around” became Motown’s first #1 hit on the R&B singles chart. In the years following, Robinson continued to pen hits for the group including “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me,” “Ooo Baby Baby,” “The Tracks of My Tears,” “Going to a Go-Go,” “More Love,” “Tears of a Clown” (co-written with Stevie Wonder), and “I Second That Emotion.”

The Miracles dominated the R&B scene throughout the 1960’s and early 70’s and Robinson became Vice President of Motown Records serving as in-house producer, talent scout and songwriter.

In addition to writing hits for the Miracles, Robinson wrote and produced hits for other Motown greats including The Temptations, Mary Wells, Brenda Holloway, Marvin Gaye and others. “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “You Beat Me to the Punch,” “Don’t Mess with Bill,” “Ain’t That Peculiar,” and “My Guy” are just a few of his songwriting triumphs during those years.

John Lennon of The Beatles made countless remarks regarding Robinson’s influence on his music. The Beatles had recorded Robinson and The Miracles’ “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” in 1963 and in 1982 another popular British group, The Rolling Stones covered the Robinson and the Miracles’ hit “Going To A Go-Go.”

He later turned to a solo career where he continued his tradition of hitmaking with “Just to See Her,” “Quiet Storm,” “Cruisin’,” and “Being with You,” among others.

He remained Vice President of Motown records until the sale of the company, shaping the label’s success with friend and mentor Berry Gordy. Following his tenure at Motown, he continued his impressive touring career and released several successful solo albums.

During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit and continues to thrill sold-out audiences around the world with his high tenor voice, impeccable timing, and profound sense of lyric. Never resting on his laurels, Smokey Robinson remains a beloved icon in our musical heritage.

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