Greatest Hits: From the Beginning (The Miracles album)

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Greatest Hits from the Beginning
Greatest hits album by The Miracles
Released March 22, 1965
Recorded 1958–1964
Genre Soul
Label Tamla
Producer Smokey Robinson, Berry Gordy, Jr., Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
The Miracles chronology
The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey
(1963)The Miracles Doin' Mickey's Monkey1963
Greatest Hits from the Beginning
Going to a Go-Go
(1965)Going to a Go-Go1965

Greatest Hits from the Beginning is a compilation double LP by The Miracles released in 1965.This was the first double album ever released by the Motown Record Corporation.(Tamla TS2-254) [1] It covers most of the group's hits from their pre-1965 albums, such as "Shop Around", "Who's Loving You", "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" and "Mickey's Monkey", as well as the non-album singles from 1964: "I Like It Like That" and "That's What Love Is Made Of" with its B-side ballad "Would I Love You". The album was a success, reaching #21 on the Billboard Pop Album Chart. It was also the first Miracles album to chart on the Billboard R&B Album chart, where it was an even bigger success, peaking at #2.[2]

The compilation also includes the group's early non-Motown singles in addition to their releases on Motown's Tamla label. "Got A Job" and "I Cry" were originally issued on End in 1958, while "Bad Girl" and "I Need a Change" were issued on Chess Records in 1959. "Bad Girl" was reissued by Motown the same year. The B-sides from all these four non-Motown singles are also included.[3]

However, this is not a complete collection of the group's pre-1960 singles. The single, "It" and its B-side, "Don't Say Bye Bye", which was originally issued on Argo and credited to Ron and Bill (aka: Ronnie White and Bill "William Smokey" Robinson) were omitted. Other early charting singles missing are "Broken Hearted", "Ain't It Baby", "Mighty Good Lovin'", "(You Can't Let the Boy Overpower) The Man in You", "Come On Do The Jerk", and "Everybody's Gotta Pay Some Dues". This album was released on CD in 1991, but has since gone out of print.

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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [4]

Track listing[edit]

LP 1[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Got a Job" (Smokey Robinson, Tyrone Carlo, Berry Gordy)
  2. "I Cry" (Robinson, Gordy)
  3. "Mama Done Told Me" (Robinson, Gordy, Carlo)
  4. "(I Need Some) Money" (Robinson, Gordy)
  5. "Bad Girl" (Robinson, Gordy)

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Love Your Baby" (Robinson, Gordy)
  2. "I Need a Change" (Robinson, Gordy)
  3. "All I Want Is You" (Robinson, Gordy)
  4. "(You Can) Depend on Me" (Robinson, Gordy)
  5. "Who's Lovin' You" (Robinson)

LP 2[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "That's What Love Is Made Of" (Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore)
  2. "Mickey's Monkey" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  3. "I Gotta Dance to Keep From Crying" (Holland-Dozier-Holland)
  4. "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" (Robinson)
  5. "I Like It Like That" (Robinson, Marv Tarplin)
  6. "A Love She Can Count On" (Robinson)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Shop Around" (Robinson, Gordy)
  2. "Way Over There" (Robinson)
  3. "I've Been Good to You" (Robinson)
  4. "Would I Love You" (Robinson)
  5. "I'll Try Something New" (Robinson)
  6. "What's So Good About Goodbye" (Robinson)


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Other personnel[edit]