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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Smokey Robinson & The Mir

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Like any record company worth their salt, MCA knows a good gimmick when they see it, and when the millennium came around, the 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection wasn't too far behind. Supposedly, the millennium is a momentous occasion, but it's hard to feel that way when it's used as another excuse to turn out a budget-line series. But apart from the presumptuous title, 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection turns out to be a very good budget-line series. True, it's impossible for any of these brief collections to be definitive, but they're nevertheless solid samplers that don't feature a bad song in the bunch. For example, take Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' 20th Century volume -- it's an irresistible budget-priced summary of their prime Motown recordings. There may be a couple of noteworthy songs missing, but many of their best-known songs are here, including "The Tracks of My Tears," "Ooo Baby Baby," "The Tears of a Clown" and "I Second That Emotion." Serious fans will want something more extensive, but this is an excellent introduction for neophytes and a great sampler for casual fans, considering its length and price. That doesn't erase the ridiculousness of the series title, but the silliness is excusable when the music and the collections are good. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Tears of a Clown Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:58
  3. 2 Shop Around Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:47
  4. 3 The Tracks of My Tears Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:54
  5. 4 I Second That Emotion Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:45
  6. 5 Mickey's Monkey Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:47
  7. 6 You've Really Got a Hold on Me Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:49
  8. 7 More Love Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:45
  9. 8 Ooo Baby Baby Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:45
  10. 9 Cruisin' Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 4:24
  11. 10 Just to See Her Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:59
  12. 11 Love Machine [Long Version] The Miracles 6:48

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