Two splendid vintage Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' albums for the price of one CD. Sprinkled among the 23 tracks are six bona fide hits: "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage," "More Love," "The Tears of a Clown," "Yester Love," "If You Can Want," and "Special Occasion." And there could have been more had "Soulful Shack" and Holland-Dozier-Holland's "It's a Good Feeling" been released and promoted as singles. A Stevie Wonder co-write, "After You Put Back the Pieces (I'll Still Have a Broken Heart)," is sheer, mellow brilliance. Slowies "You Must Be Love," "Much Better Off," and "Give Her Up" were popular B-sides; the latter is a scrumptious ballad with doo wop shadings that Martha & the Vandellas also recorded. This two-fer is as good a starting point for novice Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' fans as one of their greatest-hits collections. And diehards will savor the clean, digitally remastered versions of this great Motown group crooning love songs and calling you to dance in their prime.
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton