Q - 8/94, p.1194 Stars
- Excellent - "...Without the services of William 'Smokey' Robinson then who knows - would Tamla Motown have ever really got off the ground?...Everything that should be here undoubtedly is, padded out with superior flip-sides..."
Audio Magazine (7/94, p.74) - "...what stands out is Smokey's natural sense with words and lyrics and the emotional wallop these songs still pack--even the lesser-known ones...a truly great release..."
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Robinson, Pete Moore, Billy Griffin Claudette Robinson, Ronnie White, Bobby Rogers (vocals).
Producers include: Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, William "Mickey" Stevenson,
Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier.
Compilation producers: Cary E. Mansfield, Claudette Robinson.
Includes an essay by David Ritz and liner notes by Harry Weinger.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Dan Hersch at DigiPrep, Los Angeles, California.
THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY BOX collects 95 classic Smokey Robinson and The Miracles songs (including solo Smokey and Miracles performances) onto 4 CDs. Of the tracks, 6 are previously unreleased and 12 have only been issued as b-sides. The set also includes a 56-page color booklet which features a new interview with Smokey Robinson and never-before-published photos from Claudette Robinson's private archives.
Personnel: Smokey Robinson (vocals); Billy Griffin (vocals, guitar); Claudette Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Warren "Pete" Moore, Ronald White , Billy Rogers (vocals); David T. Walker, Eddie Willis, Robert White , Donald Griffin, Greg Poree, Jay Graydon, Marvin Tarplin, Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Joe Messina, Richard Littlefield (guitar); Michael Jacobsen (cello, strings, horns); Jack Ashford (flute, alto saxophone, percussion, background vocals); Ivory Davis (flute, alto saxophone); Fred Smith (woodwinds, horns); Dan Turner, Larry Austin , Andrew "Mike" Terry, Angelo Carlisi, Eugene BeeBee Moore, Ernie Rodgers, Lefty Edwards, Bernie Peacock, Eli Fontaine, Henry Cosby, Eugene Rodgers, Thomas "Beans" Bowles, Larry Nozero (saxophone); Ted Buckner (alto saxophone); Floyd Jones , Russell Conway, Billy Horner, John Wilson , Johnny Trudell, Don Slaughter, Herbie Williams, Maurice Davis , Marcus Belgrave (trumpet); George Bohannon, Bill Johnson , Patrick Lanier, Jimmy Wilkins, Don White , Bob Cousar, Paul Riser, Carl Raetz (trombone); John Barnes (keyboards, synthesizer); Earl Van Dyke, Sonny Burke , Russ Turner, Ron Rancifer, Ronnie McNeir, Johnny Griffith (keyboards); Ed Greene, Scott Harris, Gene Pello, James Gadson, Benny Benjamin, Richard "Pistol" Allen, Uriel Jones (drums); Eddie "Bongo" Brown (congas, bongos, percussion); Gary Brown , Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Shawn Furlong, Terry Furlong (sound effects); Victor Feldman, Freddie Perren, Jack Brokensha (background vocals).
Audio Remasterers: Dan Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Authors: Claudette Robinson; David Ritz; Harry Weinger; Janie Bradford.
Recording information: 1957-1986.
Photographers: Claudette Robinson; Don Paulsen; Ken Barnes; Marvin Tarplin.
Arrangers: Jerry Long; Russell Turner; Freddie Perren; Steve LeGassick; Gene Page; George Tobin; Bill Ramal; H.B. Barnum; Sonny Burke ; Paul Riser; Peter Bunetta; Rick Chudacoff; Tom Sellers; Wade Marcus; Willie Hutch; Smokey Robinson; Riley Hampton; David Van De Pitte; Brian Ray.
THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION celebrates the long, wonderful career of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles. With exceptionally good remastered sound that puts Motown's previous Smokey Robinson albums to shame, previously unissued recordings, a superb photo-and text-filled booklet and some of the most exquisite R&B and pop ever recorded, this collection is the ultimate Smokey Robinson and The Miracles set.
Kicking off with a rare 1958 doo-wop single "Got A Job," this collection presents all of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles' sixties smashes like "Shop Around," "The Way You Do The Things You Do," and "Tracks of My Tears," before offering a concise look at Robinson's solo career with several of his groundbreaking "quiet storm" recordings and his 1981 smash "Being With You." Though THE 35TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION focuses on the remarkable vocal and songwriting skills of Smokey Robinson, a good number of the Miracles' post-Robinson hits are also featured. Quite simply, this 97-song collection is packed with some of the most influential R&B ever recorded and it is an essential addition to any music collection.