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Smokey Robinson and The Miracles : Going To A Go-Go


Going to a Go-Go, complete with Smokey Robinson being pushed on a skateboard by his group on the cover, is his best early work. Writing or co-writing 11 of the album’s 12 compositions, Robinson was spurred on by the phenomenal hit rate of Motown, his in-house competition from the Holland-Dozier-Holland writing team and encouraged by compliments paid to him by Bob Dylan and The Beatles.

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AllMusic Review by John Bush
Though its title track ignited a nationwide fad for go-go music, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ Going to a Go-Go LP certainly wasn’t just a cash-in effort. It’s one of the best records the group put out, and the first six songs make for the best side of any original Motown LP of the ’60s (granted, all but one are also available on dozens of Miracles compilations). The four biggest hits were among the best in a set of Miracles archetypes: the throwback to the aching ’50s doo wop ballad (“Ooo Baby, Baby”), the flashy up-tempo dance song (“Going to a Go-Go”), the dancing-with-tears-in-my-eyes jerker (“The Tracks of My Tears”), and the mid-tempo orchestral epic (“My Girl Has Gone”). “Choosey Beggar” is one of the sweetest of all Robinson’s lead vocals, with stunning background work by the rest of the Miracles. Even the album tracks shine, with “All That’s Good” and “Let Me Have Some” working as excellent additions to the program.


The Tracks Of My Tears
Going To A Go-Go
OOO Baby Baby
My Girl Has Gone
In Case You Need Love
Choosey Beggar
Since You Won My Heart
From Head To Toe
All That’s Good
My Baby Changes
Like The Weather
Let Me Have Some
A Fork In The Road


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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm