Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - 1957 1972; a double live album

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - 1957 1972.  This is a DLA.  I am on a Motown kick these days, while I read a fantastic book called Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power, by Gerald Posner.  I am loving it.  It is fantastic and insightful.  So much going on: the Gordy family, Detroit, finding, signing and developing acts, money and contracts, squabbles - and great music and songs on every page.  This album - 1957-1972 is a 1972 double- album by The Miracles on Motown Records' Tamla label. This two-record set is noted as the group's final series of live concerts with original lead singer Smokey Robinson, recorded over a period of three days, July 14–16, during the 1972 National Parks Centennial, at the Carter Barron Amphitheater in Washington, D.C., and charted at #75 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, and at #14 on its R&B Album chart.  During the show, Smokey's wife, original Miracles member Claudette Rogers Robinson, who stopped touring with the group in 1964 (but continued recording with them), reunited with the Miracles on stage for the first time in eight years.  As a celebration of the group's 15 years together, The Miracles made this an "all request" show, where audience members could choose which of the group's long string of hits they wanted performed. Also, at the end of the concert, Miracles fans were introduced to the group's new lead singer, Billy Griffin.  According to Smokey's autobiography, Smokey: Inside My Life, The Miracles' final concert was videotaped in movie form, but was never publicly released.  However, 1957-1972 was released on CD originally in 1990, and re-released again in 2004 along with The Miracles' 1969 "Live" album in the 2004 Motown / Hip-O Select release Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: The Live Collection.

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