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Album-Release:
1971

HRA-Release:
18.02.2016

Label: Motown

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Soul

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  • 1When Sundown Comes03:25
  • 2No Wonder Love's A Wonder03:22
  • 3The Tears Of A Clown03:02
  • 4Satisfaction03:27
  • 5Crazy About The La La La03:00
  • 6Cecilia03:07
  • 7I Don't Blame You At All03:13
  • 8That Girl02:57
  • 9Faces02:46
  • 10I Love You Dear03:54
  • 11Oh Baby Baby I Love You02:34
  • 12The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game02:58
  • Total Runtime37:45

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Hip and funky stuff by Smokey – recorded at the beginning of the 70s, but with some cuts from the glory days of the 60s. The album includes classics like 'Tears Of A Clown' and 'The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game' – but the best tracks are the mellow, more modern ones, which show the group developing into a sophisticated harmony act with a sound to match the best groups of the 70s. Tracks include 'That Girl', 'I Love You Dear', 'No Wonder Love's A Wonder', and 'When Sundown Comes'.

„One of their better latter-period albums. Though the singles ('The Tears of a Clown,' 'I Don't Blame You At All,' the lovely 'Satisfaction') were the focal points of the set, the real gem is 'No Wonder Love's a Wonder,' a haunting, socially conscious ballad where Smokey Robinson speaks the lyrics as the Miracles harmonize in the background. It marked one of the few times Robinson ever engaged in social commentary.“ (John Lowe, AMG)

Smokey Robinson, vocals
Marv Tarplin, guitar
Ronnie White, background vocals
Bobby Rogers, background vocals
Warren 'Pete' Moore, background vocals
Claudette Robinson, background vocals
The Funk Brothers

Recorded 1966, 1970–1971
Produced by Smokey Robinson, Henry Cosby

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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