Thursday, September 29, 2011

271. Going to a Go Go. And then coming home from a went went

Album: Going to a Go Go
Aritst: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Year: 1965
Genre: Soul


  1. The Tracks Of My Tears
  2. Going To A Go-Go
  3. Ooo Baby Baby
  4. My Girl Has Gone
  5. In Case You Need Love
  6. Choosey Beggar
  7. Since You Won My Heart
  8. From Head To Toe
  9. All That's Good
  10. My Baby Changes Like The Weather
  11. Let Me Have Some
  12. A Fork In The Road

There's a band who in their time recorded more number one hits than Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys combined. They are undoubtedly the most successful group of musicians in the history of recorded music and it's a fair bet that the average music lover couldn't even name a single member. They're known as The Funk Brothers and for years they made a living turning up every working day to Motown studios and laying down the instrumentation for whichever vocalists were recording on that day. They played with the Temptations, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Night and the Four Tops. Their hit records include Papa Was a Rollin Stone, My Girl, Stop in the Name of Love, Baby Love, Heatwave, I heard it through the Grapevine, Midnight Train to Georgia, War and loads of others.

Part of the reason nobody has heard much about them is because they were predominantly anonymous on record. They were never credited individually and there are dozens of classic Motown albums and singles which simply credit instrumentation to "The Funk Brothers". Personally I believe every member of the group deserves full credit for their music. Especially Jack Brokensha who played percussion and was from Adelaide. I think it's vitally important that we recognize the contribution that an Australian made to one of Rock and Roll's greatest legacies.

But while we're hailing the Brothers of Funk we shouldn't forget the voices that played with them. Don't go thinking that the guys holing the instruments were the only talents in the studio on this release. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles not only possessed golden voices they were all capable songwriters. Going to a Go Go is an album that collects the latest six singles they released along with their accompanying B-sides. The six hits are perfect songwriting and rest of the tracks are no mere filler either.

Motown really was an incredible place. It's stable of musicians changed the music landscape for better and forever. You owe it a debt of thanks and showing your appreciation by listening to some Smokey Robinsons and the Miracles. If only repaying all debts were this enjoyable.

Influenced by: The Funk Brothers
Influenced: The Rolling Stones

Highlight: The Tracks of my tears
Lowlight: From Head to toe

Favourite Amazon Customer Review quote: "THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME WAS DONE A GREAT DISSERVICE to this fantastic group by only inducting their lead singer , especially since other , more highly - praised MOTOWN groups who HAVE BEEN INDUCTED, never wrote A SINGLE LYRIC OF MUSIC !!! "

-Some people use capitals all the time. Others write entirely in lower case. This is the first person I've read who SUFFERS from sporadic CAPS LOCK dependence.

So is this album one of the Miracles of modern music or not? Let me know below.

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