- Released: July 23, 2012
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Hip-O Select
- 1.What is a Heart Good For
- 2.If You're Ever In the Neighborhood
- 3.I Wanna Be With You
- 4.Wigs and Lashes
- 5.Don't Let It Rend ('til You Let It Begin)
- 6.I Love You Secretly
- 7.I Don't Need No Reason
- 8.Nowhere To Go
- 9.I Didn't Realize the Show Was Over
- 10.Do It Baby
- 11.Up Again
- 12.Where Are You Going To My Love
- 13.What is a Heart Good For
- 14.You Are Love
- 15.Give Me Just Another Day
- 16.We Feel the Same
- 17.Calling Out Your Name
- 18.A Foolish Thing To Say
- 19.Can't Get Ready For Losing You
- 20.Do It Baby [Tom Moulton Mix]
Song previews provided courtesy of iTunes
Audio Mixer: Russ Terrana.
Liner Note Author: Peter Doggett.
Recording information: Motown Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Illustrator: Frank Frezzo.
Two years after Hip-O Select reissued 1975's City of Angels, the label paired the Miracles' two preceding albums. 1973's Renaissance was the group's first album without Smokey Robinson. Despite a great amount of support from Smokey -- he proudly handed the baton to new lead vocalist Billy Griffin, supported them in public, and served as executive producer -- Renaissance didn't crack the Top 30 of the Billboard R&B chart. Ironically, the Miracles had much more commercial success with the 1974 follow-up, the creatively inferior Do It Baby, but that had much to do with the title track, which was a Top Five R&B hit. As liner notes author Peter Doggett points out, this two-fer marks the "worldwide CD debut" for both albums. They've long been a forgotten part of Motown's past, but the mere roster of collaborators -- including Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, Willie Hutch, Leon Ware, and Marvin Gaye -- should catch the ears of '70s soul fans. Renaissance is a great album, and Do It Baby has its moments. ~ Andy Kellman