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Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology

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There isn't much of a crucial difference between this and the previous Smokey Robinson & the Miracles collection entitled Anthology, originally issued in 1973 and then on CD with minor variations in 1995. More to the point, perhaps, about 85 percent of the songs on the two-CD set Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology were also on the more plainly titled Anthology, so the differences are kind of cosmetic. Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology has all 28 of their Top 40 hits, so someone looking for the essentials, garnished by a good amount of other material that isn't as familiar, will undoubtedly be satisfied. Ooo Baby Baby: The Anthology does have a small but significant edge in the inclusion of the exquisite mid-'60s mid-tempo ballad "Would I Love You," a great 1964 B-side that somehow escaped inclusion on the CD iteration of Anthology. As far as other minor differences that will probably escape detection by the great majority of listeners, there are first-ever stereo mixes of "Whatever Makes You Happy," "I Can Take a Hint," and "Baby Don't You Go"; the first CD appearance of both "I Can Take a Hint" (from the 1963 LP The Fabulous Miracles) and a live "I've Been Good to You" (also from a 1963 LP); and new, extended stereo mixes of "You've Really Got a Hold on Me," "Would I Love You," and "I'll Try Something New." However you slice it, it's great soul music, not much less solid than single-disc Miracles collections, though owners of the previous releases titled Anthology will not find enough extras here to merit investment. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Got a Job Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:40
  3. 2 Bad Girl Smokey Robinson 2:42
  4. 3 Way Over There Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:51
  5. 4 (You Can) Depend on Me Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:6
  6. 5 Who's Lovin' You Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:3
  7. 6 Shop Around Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:47
  8. 7 Ain't It Baby Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:31
  9. 8 Mighty Good Lovin' Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:35
  10. 9 Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues [Previously Unreleased][Stereo Mix] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:58
  11. 10 What's So Good About Goodbye [Stereo Mix][Previously Unreleased] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:8
  12. 11 I'll Try Something New [Previously Unreleased][Stereo Mix] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:38
  13. 12 You've Really Got a Hold on Me [Stereo Mix][Previously Unreleased] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:10
  14. 13 A Love She Can Count On [Stereo Mix][Previously Unreleased] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:0
  15. 14 I Can Take a Hint [Stereo Mix][Previously Unreleased] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:44
  16. 15 I've Been Good to You [Previously Unreleased][Stereo Mix] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:31
  17. 16 Mickey's Monkey [Previously Unreleased][Stereo Mix] Smokey Robinson 3:11
  18. 17 Whatever Makes You Happy [Previously Unreleased][Stereo Mix] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:38
  19. 18 I Gotta Dance to Keep from Crying [Previously Unreleased][Stereo Mix] Smokey Robinson 2:38
  20. 19 (You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You [Stereo Mix][Previously Unreleased] Smokey Robinson 3:19
  21. 20 I Like It Like That [Stereo Mix] Smokey Robinson 3:2
  22. 21 That's What Love Is Made Of [Stereo Mix] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:54
  23. 22 Would I Love You [Previously Unreleased][Stereo Mix] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:8
  24. 23 Come on Do the Jerk [Previously Unreleased][Stereo Mix] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:49
  25. 24 Baby Don't You Go [Stereo Mix][Previously Unreleased] Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:17
  26. 25 Ooo Baby Baby Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:45
  27. 26 The Tracks of My Tears Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:54
  28. 27 My Girl Has Gone Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:46
  29. 1 Going to a Go-Go Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:45
  30. 2 Choosey Beggar Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:31
  31. 3 Whole Lot of Shakin' in My Heart (Since I Met You) Smokey Robinson 2:42
  32. 4 (Come 'Round Here) I'm the Only One You Need Smokey Robinson 2:28
  33. 5 The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:57
  34. 6 More Love Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:45
  35. 7 I Second That Emotion Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:45
  36. 8 If You Can Want Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:42
  37. 9 Yester Love Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:17
  38. 10 Special Occasion Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:20
  39. 11 Give Her Up Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:9
  40. 12 Baby, Baby Don't Cry Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 4:0
  41. 13 Doggone Right Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:56
  42. 14 Here I Go Again Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:56
  43. 15 Abraham, Martin and John Smokey Robinson 2:59
  44. 16 Point It Out Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:31
  45. 17 Darling Dear Smokey Robinson 3:12
  46. 18 Who's Gonna Take the Blame Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:34
  47. 19 The Tears of a Clown Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:58
  48. 20 I Don't Blame You at All Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:8
  49. 21 Crazy About the la la La Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 2:55
  50. 22 Satisfaction Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:22
  51. 23 When Sundown Comes Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:21
  52. 24 We've Come to Far to End It Now Smokey Robinson 4:1
  53. 25 I Can't Stand to See You Cry Smokey Robinson & the Miracles 3:37

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