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    Anthology - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

    Beyond Greatest Hits vinyl collections and further on into the CD era came the Anthology - compendious volumes all, you'd think meant to be the zenith of releases on an artist, but apparently not as they seemed to appear every few years.

    I don't know about you but I often get confused when I come across the many different anthology (and greatest hits) collections and knowing which, if any, are worth buying.

    Originally a 3 disc vinyl collection, SRATM have had several Anthologies released over the years - most below but I think there are more. The one that seems to be the best, for me, is "OOO Baby Baby" but if that's the number 1, why bother releasing the "Gold" set later - basically a re-hash of the Polygram 31453 release.

    That's even before we get on to the incredible 35th Anniversay boxed set.

    What's your favourite?

    Here's a comparison.

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    M-793-R3
    Anthology
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    3 LP Set Motown / Tamla Motown
    1973

    Tracklist

    disc 1
    1A-01 Got A Job 2:40
    1A-02 Bad Girl 2:41
    1A-03 Way Over There 2:48
    1A-04 (You Can) Depend On Me 3:08
    1A-05 Shop Around 2:47
    1A-06 Who's Lovin' You 2:52
    1A=07 What's So Good About Goodbye 2:20

    1B-01 I'll Try Something New 2:33
    1B-02 I've Been Good To You 2:35
    1B-03 You've Really Got A Hold On Me 2:49
    1B-04 A Love She Can Count On 2:39
    1B-05 Mickey's Monkey 2:39
    1B-06 I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying 3:39
    1B-07 I Like It Like That 2:44

    disc 2
    2A-01 That's What Love Is Made Of 2:48
    2A-02 Come On Do The Jerk 2:47
    2A-03 Ooo Baby Baby 2:42
    2A-04 The Tracks Of My Tears 2:53
    2A-05 My Girl Has Gone 2:43
    2A-06 Choosey Beggar 2:30
    2A-07 Going To A Go-Go 2:49

    2B-01 (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need 2:33
    2B-02 Save Me 2:21
    2B-03 The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage 2:59
    2B-04 More Love 2:39
    2B-05 I Second That Emotion 2:42
    2B-06 If You Can Want 2:42
    2B-07 Yester Love 2:16

    disc 3
    3A-01 Special Occasion 2:17
    3A-02 Baby, Baby, Don't Cry 3:29
    3A-03 Doggone Right 2:56
    3A-04 Here I Go Again 2:56
    3A-05 Abraham, Martin & John 2:59
    3A-06 Darling Dear 3:07
    3A-07 Point It Out 2:34

    3B-01 Who's Gonna Take The Blame 3:34
    3B-02 The Tears Of A Clown 2:59
    3B-03 I Don't Blame You At All 2:57
    3B-04 Satisfaction 3:20
    3B-05 We've Come Too Far To End It Now 3:25
    3B-06 I Can't Stand To See You Cry 3:28


    WD72531 (2)
    Anthology
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    Tamla Motown EU 2 CD Set
    1986

    Tracklist
    1-1 Got A Job 2:40
    1-2 Bad Girl 2:42
    1-3 Way Over There 2:52
    1-4 (You Can) Depend On Me 3:05
    1-5 Shop Around 2:45
    1-6 Who's Lovin' You 3:00
    1-7 What's So Good About Goodbye 3:01
    1-8 I'll Try Something New 2:39
    1-9 I've Been Good To You 2:35
    1-10 You've Really Got A Hold On Me 2:50
    1-11 A Love She Can Count On 2:35
    1-12 Mickey's Monkey 2:48
    1-13 I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying 2:28
    1-14 I Like It Like That 2:43
    1-15 That's What Love Is Made Of 2:50
    1-16 Come On Do The Jerk 2:45
    1-17 Ooo Baby Baby 2:45
    1-18 The Tracks Of My Tears 2:54
    1-19 My Girl Has Gone 2:50
    1-20 Choosey Beggar 2:32
    1-21 Going To A Go-Go 2:45
    1-22 (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need 2:30
    1-23 Save Me 2:22
    1-24 The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage 2:57
    1-25 More Love 2:45
    2-1 I Second That Emotion 2:44
    2-2 If You Can Want 2:42
    2-3 Yester-Love 2:14
    2-4 Special Occasion 2:20
    2-5 Baby, Baby Don't Cry 4:02
    2-6 Doggone Right 2:56
    2-7 Here I Go Again 2:58
    2-8 Abraham, Martin & John 2:59
    2-9 Darling Dear 3:13
    2-10 Point It Out 2:30
    2-11 Who's Gonna Take The Blame 3:33
    2-12 The Tears Of A Clown 2:59
    2-13 I Don't Blame You At All 3:09
    2-14 Satisfaction 3:20
    2-15 We've Come Too Far To End It Now 3:58
    2-16 I Can't Stand To See You Cry 3:34
    2-17 Crazy 'Bout The La La La 2:54

    The Miracles
    2-18 Do It Baby 2:57
    2-19 Don't Cha Love It 3:08
    2-20 Love Machine 6:44


    31453-0472-2
    The Best Of / Anthology Series
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    Motown US 2 x CD set
    Motown Master Series
    1995

    Tracklist
    1-1 Got A Job 2:41
    1-2 Bad Girl 2:42
    1-3 Way Over There 2:54
    1-4 (You Can) Depend On Me 3:08
    1-5 Who's Lovin' You 3:03
    1-6 Shop Around 2:50
    1-7 Ain't It Baby 2:33
    1-8 Mighty Good Lovin' 2:37
    1-9 Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues 2:55
    1-10 What's So Good About Goodbye 2:21
    1-11 I've Been Good To You 2:40
    1-12 A Love That Can Never Be 2:47
    1-13 I'll Try Something New 2:37
    1-14 My Heart Says Yes 2:26
    1-15 A Love She Can Count On 2:52
    1-16 You've Really Got A Hold On Me 2:58
    1-17 Mickey's Monkey 2:46
    1-18 I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying 2:39
    1-19 (You Can't Let The Boy Overpower) The Man In You
    2:57
    1-20 I Like It Like That 2:35
    1-21 That's What Love Is Made Of 2:57
    1-22 Show Me You Can Dance 2:23
    1-23 Come On Do The Jerk 2:37
    1-24 Ooo Baby Baby 2:43
    1-25 My Girl Has Gone 2:54
    1-26 The Tracks Of My Tears 3:01

    2-1 Going To A Go-Go 2:50
    2-2 Whole Lot Of Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You)
    2:43
    2-3 Choosey Beggar 2:32
    2-4 (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need 2:30
    2-5 The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage 3:00
    2-6 'Til You Were Gone 2:51
    2-7 I Second That Emotion 2:41
    2-8 More Love 2:49
    2-9 If You Can Want 2:26
    2-10 Yester Love 2:18
    2-11 Baby, Baby Don't Cry 3:57
    2-12 Special Occasion 2:18
    2-13 Here I Go Again 2:57
    2-14 Point It Out 2:38
    2-15 Doggone Right 2:58
    2-16 Abraham, Martin, And John 3:02
    2-17 Who's Gonna Take The Blame 3:28
    2-18 The Tears Of A Clown 3:04
    2-19 I Don't Blame You At All 3:06
    2-10 I Can't Stand To See You Cry 3:38
    2-21 Crazy About The La La La 2:53
    2-22 Satisfaction 3:16
    2-23 We've Come Too Far To End It Now 3:49
    2-24 Going To A Go-Go (Live) 4:43


    440-064-481-2
    OOO Baby Baby: The Anthology
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    Universal Motown 2 CD Set
    24 September 2002

    Tracklist
    1-1 Got A Job 2:43
    1-2 Bad Girl 2:44
    1-3 Way Over There 2:55
    1-4 (You Can) Depend On Me 3:10
    1-5 Who's Lovin' You 3:06
    1-6 Shop Around 2:52
    1-7 Ain't It Baby 2:35
    1-8 Mighty Good Lovin' 2:38
    1-9 Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues 3:01 *
    1-10 What's So Good About Goodbye 3:11 *
    1-11 I'll Try Something New 2:41 *
    1-12 You've Really Got A Hold On Me 3:12 *
    1-13 A Love She Can Count On 3:02 *
    1-14 I Can Take A Hint 2:46 *
    1-15 I've Been Good To You (Live) 3:32 *
    1-16 Mickey's Monkey 3:14 *
    1-17 Whatever Makes You Happy 2:41 *
    1-18 I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying 2:41 *
    1-19 (You Can't Let The Boy Overpower) The Man In You
    3:21 *
    1-20 I Like It Like That 3:05 *
    1-21 That's What Love Is Made Of 2:56 *
    1-22 Would I Love You 3:10 *
    1-23 Come On Do The Jerk 2:52 *
    1-24 Baby Don't You Go 3:19 *
    1-25 Ooo Baby Baby 2:48
    1-26 The Tracks Of My Tears 2:56
    1-27 My Girl Has Gone 2:47

    * Previous Unreleased Stereo Mix

    2-1 Going To A Go-Go 2:48
    2-2 Choosey Beggar 2:35
    2-3 Whole Lot Of Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You)
    2:45
    2-4 (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need 2:32
    2-5 The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage 3:01
    2-6 More Love 2:48
    2-7 I Second That Emotion 2:49
    2-8 If You Can Want 2:46
    2-9 Yester Love 2:20
    2-10 Special Occasion 2:24
    2-11 Give Her Up 3:12
    2-12 Baby, Baby Don't Cry 4:05
    2-13 Doggone Right 3:00
    2-14 Here I Go Again 3:01
    2-15 Abraham, Martin And John 3:03
    2-16 Point It Out 2:36
    2-17 Darling Dear 3:16
    2-18 Who's Gonna Take The Blame 3:38
    2-19 The Tears Of A Clown 3:03
    2-20 I Don't Blame You At All 3:13
    2-21 Crazy About The La La La 2:59
    2-22 Satisfaction 3:27
    2-23 When Sundown Comes 3:25
    2-24 We've Come Too Far To End It Now 4:05
    2-25 I Can't Stand To See You Cry 3:39

    024-983-278-1
    Gold
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
    Universal / Motown 2 CD Set
    March 2005
    *Basically a repeat of the Best Of Anthology series release above 31453-0472-2

    Tracklist
    1-01 Got A Job
    1-02 Bad Girl
    1-03 Way Over There
    1-04 (You Can) Depend On Me
    1-05 Who's Lovin' You
    1-06 Shop Around
    1-07 Ain't It Baby
    1-08 Mighty Good Lovin'
    1-09 Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues
    1-10 What's So Good About Good Bye
    1-11 I've Been Good To You
    1-12 A Love That Can Never Be
    1-13 I'll Try Something New
    1-14 My Heart Says Yes
    1-15 A Love She Can Count On
    1-16 You've Really Got A Hold On Me
    1-17 Mickey's Monkey
    1-18 I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying
    1-19 (You Can't Let The Boy Overpower) The Man In You
    1-20 I Like It Like That
    1-21 That's What Love Is Made Of
    1-22 Show Me You Can Dance
    1-23 Come On Do The Jerk
    1-24 Ooo Baby Baby
    1-25 My Girl Has Gone
    1-26 The Tracks Of My Tears
    2-01 Going To A Go-Go
    2-02 Whole Lot Of Shakin' In My Heart (Since I Met You)
    2-03 Choosey Beggar
    2-04 (Come Round Here) I'm The One You Need
    2-05 The Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage
    2-06 'Til You Were Gone
    2-07 I Second That Emotion
    2-08 More Love
    2-09 If You Can Want
    2-10 Yester Love
    2-11 Baby, Baby Don't Cry
    2-12 Special Occasion
    2-13 Here I Go Again
    2-14 Point It Out
    2-15 Doggone Right
    2-16 Abraham, Martin, And John
    2-17 Who's Gonna Take The Blame
    2-18 The Tears Of A Clown
    2-19 I Don't Blame You At All
    2-20 I Can't Stand To See You Cry
    2-21 Crazy About The La La La
    2-22 Satisfaction
    2-23 We've Come Too Far To End It Now
    2-24 Going To A Go-Go (live)
    Last edited by mysterysinger; 06-14-2020 at 08:44 AM.

  2. #2
    It was mentioned in other threads a while back that the Greatest Hits packages were reconfigured and retitled or branded so that they would be placed on the shelves of stores as a new release. I don't know how much this comes in to play nowadays with everything being streamed or available for download.

  3. #3
    My fav is Ooo Baby Baby.
    Track selection is the best. And the stereo mixes of the early hits are fabulous.

  4. #4
    My favorite is the original 3LP Anthology from 1973. Even though I think the 35th Anniversary Box Set is much better, the Anthology was the first one in the series that I picked up and my introduction to much of the The Miracles back catalog. Still have the original set & the booklet.

  5. #5
    The first CD anthology (yellow/pink cover) repeated the same tracklist as on the 3 LP vinyl version but added 4 tracks (2.17 to 2.20).

  6. #6
    The Oooh Baby, Baby Anthology stands out to me. I remember the first time that I played it and the sound was amazing. It was so crisp and clear, as if I was in the middle of the Snake Pit. This is my go to collection of the Miracles, and I have the box set as well.

  7. #7
    For me-greatest hits from the beginning-anthology are very cool.

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