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The Live Collection

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

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The Live Collection (2004) is a limited-edition package consisting of two previously released Smokey Robinson & the Miracles long-players from 1969 and 1972, respectively. Disc One houses Live! (1969), from a set at Motown's unofficial hometown digs, the Roostertail in Detroit. Disc Two contains the somewhat misleadingly-titled 1957-1972 (1972). While their first concert recording, Miracles on Stage (1963), captures the incipient incarnation with Claudette Robinson (Smokey's wife), the skimpy track list hardly did them justice. Not to mention, at that point the vast majority of their biggest hits were yet to have been created. In addition to Robinson, the Miracles' lineup consisted of vocalists Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White. On Live!, they are instrumentally supported by a presumably ad hoc aggregate of Motown session players. The assembled band pull off those tricky and intricate licks with a swinging precision that is uncannily similar to the familiar studio 45s. The program is chock-full of anticipatory hits such as "I Second That Emotion," "Yester-Love," "Mickey's Monkey," a breathtaking "Ooo, Baby Baby" and a reading of "Going to a Go Go" that simply defies the listener to sit still. However, it is the unexpected covers of "Poinciana" -- giving the Four Freshmen a run for their money -- "Up, Up and Away," "Walk on By," "Yesterday" and the striking "Theme From 'The Valley of the Dolls'" and are definitely worthy of garnering repeated spins. By 1972, R&B and soul music had evolved into a very different place and the assumption that Robinson and company's popularity would have waned or that they had become passé is immediately dispelled. Greeted by shrieks and hearty applause, the Miracles set out to perform their last gigs prior to the permanent departure of Robinson -- who acknowledges the occasion by presenting his replacement, Billy Griffin. The larger ensemble boast full horn and string sections under the direction of Motown stage conductor and arranger Thomas "Beans" Bowles. The proceedings are punctuated by favorites such as the opening rave-up "Tears of a Clown" followed by their final Top 40 pop entry with Smokey, "I Don't Blame You at All." Not to be missed is the loose and joke-filled "Shop Around," plus a particularly jaunty take of "More Love." Although the remakes are fewer in number, "Abraham, Martin and John" and "Got to Be There" -- a concurrent smash for fellow Motown artist Michael Jackson -- are given admirable overhauls. Another surprise is the on-stage reunion with Claudette Robinson, who briefly rejoins the group after a heartfelt introduction from then-hubby Smokey during the prologue to "Bad Girl." Enthusiasts and potential consumers should make haste as Live Collection is only available in an edition of 5,000 copies, obtainable exclusively through Hip-O Select's online shop, www.hip-oselect.com.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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1
Once In A Lifetime/You And The Night And The Music (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:03:31

Anthony Newley, ComposerLyricist - Leslie Bricusse, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Howard Dietz, ComposerLyricist - Arthur Schwartz, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
I Second That Emotion (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:05:09

William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - AL CLEVELAND, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
The Tracks Of My Tears (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:03:48

Marvin Tarplin, ComposerLyricist - Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Poinciana (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:04:30

SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Buddy Bernier, ComposerLyricist - Nat Simon, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Up, Up And Away (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:02:31

Jimmy Webb, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Theme From "Valley Of The Dolls" (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:04:58

Dory Previn, ComposerLyricist - Andre Previn, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Yester Love (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:02:11

AL CLEVELAND, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Walk On By (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:05:22

Burt Bacharach, ComposerLyricist - Hal David, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Yesterday (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:04:10

John Lennon, ComposerLyricist - Paul Mccartney, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
If You Can Want (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:02:28

SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist

℗ 1968 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Mickey's Monkey (Live)
00:05:31

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Lamont Dozier, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Holland, ComposerLyricist - Brian Holland, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Ooo Baby Baby (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:04:03

Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Going To A Go-Go (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:07:03

Marvin Tarplin, ComposerLyricist - Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - Robert Rogers, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 2

1
The Tears Of A Clown (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:03:16

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Henry Cosby, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Stevie Wonder, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
I Don't Blame You At All (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:02:57

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Satisfaction (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:04:20

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Got To Be There (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:05:26

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Elliot Willensky, ComposerLyricist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
More Love (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:02:19

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
We've Come Too Far To End It Now (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:04:24

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Bristol, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Wade Brown Jr., ComposerLyricist - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - David Jones Jr., ComposerLyricist - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Abraham, Martin, And John (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:04:02

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dick Holler, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Louis Holler, ComposerLyricist - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Intro Of Orchestra (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:02:47

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Not Applicable, ComposerLyricist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Bad Girl (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:03:22

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Berry Gordy Jr., ComposerLyricist - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Shop Around (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:03:38

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Berry Gordy Jr., ComposerLyricist - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
The Tracks Of My Tears (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:03:11

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Here I Go Again (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:03:38

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - William Robinson, Jr., ComposerLyricist - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - Terry Johnson, ComposerLyricist - AL CLEVELAND, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Ooo Baby Baby (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:04:10

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Mickey's Monkey (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1968)
00:05:44

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Lamont Dozier, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Holland, ComposerLyricist - Brian Holland, ComposerLyricist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Going To A Go-Go (Live At The Carter Barron Amphitheatre/1972)
00:04:20

William Reid, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Marvin Tarplin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Warren Moore, ComposerLyricist - Robert Rogers, ComposerLyricist - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, MainArtist - Jack Johnson, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - James Allen, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Conductor - Robert Martino, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Frederick Webb, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Pickens, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Knight, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Arthur Dawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - William Schimpe, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Gareth Bond, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Donald King, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Genevieve Fritter, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norato, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hugo Dicenzo, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Marna Bowling, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Audrey Maxwell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Carl Rubis, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Margaret Motter, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Ervin Klinkon, Cello, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1972 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

The Live Collection (2004) is a limited-edition package consisting of two previously released Smokey Robinson & the Miracles long-players from 1969 and 1972, respectively. Disc One houses Live! (1969), from a set at Motown's unofficial hometown digs, the Roostertail in Detroit. Disc Two contains the somewhat misleadingly-titled 1957-1972 (1972). While their first concert recording, Miracles on Stage (1963), captures the incipient incarnation with Claudette Robinson (Smokey's wife), the skimpy track list hardly did them justice. Not to mention, at that point the vast majority of their biggest hits were yet to have been created. In addition to Robinson, the Miracles' lineup consisted of vocalists Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White. On Live!, they are instrumentally supported by a presumably ad hoc aggregate of Motown session players. The assembled band pull off those tricky and intricate licks with a swinging precision that is uncannily similar to the familiar studio 45s. The program is chock-full of anticipatory hits such as "I Second That Emotion," "Yester-Love," "Mickey's Monkey," a breathtaking "Ooo, Baby Baby" and a reading of "Going to a Go Go" that simply defies the listener to sit still. However, it is the unexpected covers of "Poinciana" -- giving the Four Freshmen a run for their money -- "Up, Up and Away," "Walk on By," "Yesterday" and the striking "Theme From 'The Valley of the Dolls'" and are definitely worthy of garnering repeated spins. By 1972, R&B and soul music had evolved into a very different place and the assumption that Robinson and company's popularity would have waned or that they had become passé is immediately dispelled. Greeted by shrieks and hearty applause, the Miracles set out to perform their last gigs prior to the permanent departure of Robinson -- who acknowledges the occasion by presenting his replacement, Billy Griffin. The larger ensemble boast full horn and string sections under the direction of Motown stage conductor and arranger Thomas "Beans" Bowles. The proceedings are punctuated by favorites such as the opening rave-up "Tears of a Clown" followed by their final Top 40 pop entry with Smokey, "I Don't Blame You at All." Not to be missed is the loose and joke-filled "Shop Around," plus a particularly jaunty take of "More Love." Although the remakes are fewer in number, "Abraham, Martin and John" and "Got to Be There" -- a concurrent smash for fellow Motown artist Michael Jackson -- are given admirable overhauls. Another surprise is the on-stage reunion with Claudette Robinson, who briefly rejoins the group after a heartfelt introduction from then-hubby Smokey during the prologue to "Bad Girl." Enthusiasts and potential consumers should make haste as Live Collection is only available in an edition of 5,000 copies, obtainable exclusively through Hip-O Select's online shop, www.hip-oselect.com.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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