Going to a Go-Go/Away We a Go-Go - (Import CD)
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- Going to a Go-Go/Away We a Go-Go [Expanded]
2 LPs on 1 CD: GOING TO A GO-GO (1965)/AWAY WE A GO-GO (1966).
Producers include: Smokey Robinson, Frank Wilson, Brian Holland, Mickey Gentile, Warren "Pete" Moore.
Compilation producer: Harry Weinger.
Includes liner notes by Adam White.
Digitally remastered by Kevin Reeves and Jeff Willens (Universal Mastering Studios-East).
Personnel: Marvin Tarplin (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Kevin Reeves.
Liner Note Author: Adam White.
Recording information: Roostertail's 'Motown Monday', Detroit, MI.
Photographer: Frank Dandridge.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Claudette; Bobby Rodgers; Ronald White .
This pairing of albums originally released in 1965 and 1966 shows what a subtly powerful force Smokey Robinson and the Miracles were. GOING TO A GO-GO opens with one of their biggest and most enduring numbers, "The Tracks of My Tears." As was the working method at Motown, other tracks on the album had their origins in assorted earlier or later sessions. But such was the cohesive identity of Robinson's songs and voice that, taken as a whole, it's a strikingly organic work. By turns soulful, funky, popish and doo-wop-influenced, it represents a time of enormous possibilities for Robinson, Motown and music in general.
AWAY WE GO-GO continues the wining streak with Robinson's songs being joined by Holland-Dozier-Holland and a few other writers, including a pair by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, both of which are a perfect fit. Previously unreleased bonus tracks include the sweeping panorama of "Goin' Out of My Head" and a live version of "A Fork in the Road," where studio precision amazingly springs to perfect life on the stage.
- Country of Origin
- Universal Distribution
- Universal Distribution
- Smokey Robinson
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Tracks of My Tears, The
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Going to a Go-Go
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Ooo Baby Baby
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] My Girl Has Gone
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] In Case You Need Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Choosey Beggar
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Since You Won My Heart
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] From Head to Toe
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] All That's Good
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] My Baby Changes Like the Weather
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Let Me Have Some
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Fork in the Road, A
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Whole Lot of Shakin' in My Heart (Since I Met You)
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] (Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Save Me
- [ Disc 01 Track 17 ] Oh Be My Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 18 ] Can You Love a Poor Boy
- [ Disc 01 Track 19 ] Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
- [ Disc 01 Track 20 ] I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself
- [ Disc 01 Track 21 ] Baby Baby
- [ Disc 01 Track 22 ] Walk on By
- [ Disc 01 Track 23 ] Swept for You Baby
- [ Disc 01 Track 24 ] More, More, More of Your Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 25 ] It's Fantastic - (Stereo Mix, previously unreleased)
- [ Disc 01 Track 26 ] Goin' Out of My Head - (previously unreleased)
- [ Disc 01 Track 27 ] Fork in the Road, A - (previously unreleased)
- Studio / Live
Uncut (9/01, p.99) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Every lyrical conceit is flawlessly followed through; Smokey's falsetto telling the truth about love as The Miracles' harmonies and multiple melodies fly with elegance and land firmly in the magic zone..."
Living Blues (7-8/02, p.84) - "...A well-paired CD...The 1st set boasted the throbbing title track and a bouncy FROM HEAD TO TOE, but its poetic ballads marked it as one of the group's best albums..."
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