Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - The Tears of a Clown

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Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - The Tears of a Clown
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Studio album by
 Smokey robinson & the Miracles (cover not for sale)
Released August 29, 1967
Recorded 1966–1967
Studio Hitsville U.S.A., Detroit and in Los Angeles
Genre Soul, R&B
Length 33:13
Label Motown (reissue)
TS-276
Producer Smokey Robinson, Henry Cosby, Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
Smokey Robinson & the Miracles chronology
Away We a Go-Go
(1966)
Make It Happen/The Tears of a Clown
(1967)
Greatest Hits, Vol 2
(1968)
 
Cover for 1970 and 1981 reissue
 
1970 reissue cover for Make It Happen, retitled as The Tears of a Clown after the success of the hit single of the same name.
1970 and 1981 reissue cover for Make It Happen, retitled as The Tears of a Clown after the success of the hit single of the same name.
Singles from Make It Happen/The Tears of a Clown
  1. "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage"
    Released: January 27, 1967
  2. "More Love"
    Released: May 26, 1967
  3. "The Tears of a Clown"
    Released: July 1970 (UK)
    September 24, 1970 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars

 

  "Make It Happen" is a 1967 album by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. It featured ballads such as the hit singles "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage" and "More Love", as well as the up-tempo "The Tears of a Clown" co-written by Stevie Wonder and his producer Hank Cosby.

Three years after the album's release, "The Tears of a Clown" was issued as a single, and charted at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart. As a result, "Make It Happen" was reissued as "The Tears of a Clown" in 1970.

Stevie Wonder was a contributing writer on three of the album's songs, the aforementioned "The Tears of a Clown", "After You Put Back the Pieces (I'll Still Have a Broken Heart)", and "My Love Is Your Love (Forever)". Holland-Dozier-Holland contributed the good-times dance song "It's a Good Feeling". Smokey's fellow Miracles Warren "Pete" Moore and Marv Tarplin collaborated with him on the songs "You Must Be Love" (a popular regional hit tune), and "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage" (a Top 20 Hit) respectively, and all of The Miracles (except Claudette) co-wrote the up-tempo rocker "Dancing's Alright". The album also features a rendition of Little Anthony & the Imperials' 1964 Top 20 smash, "I'm On the Outside (Looking In)" "The Tears of a Clown" on the monaural version of the album has an alternate lead vocal.

Critics at Allmisic praised the album, giving it 4-1/2 out of five stars, calling it "The most underrated Miracles LP of the '60s", and stating that, in addition to the album's three hits, it also had "featured a spate of [other] great songs, including three or four that really should've been hits".

Track listing

Side one

  1. "The Soulful Shack" (Smokey Robinson)
  2. "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage" (Robinson, Marvin Tarplin)
  3. "My Love for You" (Clarence Paul, Morris Broadnax)
  4. "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)" (Bob Weinstein, Teddy Randazzo)
  5. "Don't Think It's Me" (Robinson)
  6. "My Love Is Your Love (Forever)" (Ivy Jo Hunter, Stevie Wonder)

Side two

  1. "More Love" (Robinson)
  2. "After You Put Back the Pieces (I'll Still Have a Broken Heart)" (Paul, Broadnax, Wonder)
  3. "It's a Good Feeling" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  4. "You Must Be Love" (Robinson, Warren Moore)
  5. "Dancing's Alright" (Robinson, Tarplin, Moore, Robert Rogers, Ronald White)
  6. "The Tears of a Clown" (Robinson, Wonder, Henry Cosby)

 

Personnel

The Miracles

  • Smokey Robinson – lead vocals, producer, album executive producer
  • Ronnie White – backing vocals
  • Bobby Rogers – backing vocals
  • Warren Moore – backing vocals
  • Claudette Robinson – backing vocals
  • Marv Tarplin – producer, guitar

Other instruments

  • The Funk Brothers and various Los Angeles session musicians: instrumentation
  • The Andantes – additional backing vocals on "It's a Good Feeling"

Producers

  • Brian Holland – producer
  • Lamont Dozier – producer
  • Henry Cosby – producer

 

 

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - The Tears of a Clown

U.S. Motown Records M5-156V1 stereo (1981) U.S. 3rd press.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean, unmarked, and free from tears, stains or stickers.

The album cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

The album cover has a strong, undamaged spine, displaying very clear, printed script.

The original company inner sleeve is excellently presented.

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