What Love Has...Joined Together (album)
|What Love Has...Joined Together|
|Studio album by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles|
|Released||April 28, 1970|
|Recorded||1970 at Hitsville USA, Detroit|
|Smokey Robinson & the Miracles chronology|
Note: For the song, see "What Love Has Joined Together"
What Love Has...Joined Together is a 1970 album by R&B group The Miracles AKA "Smokey Robinson & The Miracles" on Motown Records' Tamla label (TS301). A concept album consisting solely of six extended-length love songs, it charted at #97 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, and reached the Top 10 of Billboard's R&B album chart, peaking at # 9. It featured songs written by noted composers, such as Stevie Wonder, (My Cherie Amour), Berry Gordy, Frank Wilson, Brenda Holloway and her sister Patrice Holloway (You've Made Me So Very Happy), Burt Bacharach and Hal David (This Guy's in Love With You), Marvin Gaye (If This World Were Mine), The Beatles' John Lennon & Paul McCartney, (And I Love Her), and Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Bobby Rogers (What Love Has Joined Together).
The Miracles performed a medley of this album's songs on a 1970 telecast of NBC's The Andy Williams Show. What Love Has...Joined Together features Miracles members Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore and Ronnie White on the front cover, and Claudette Robinson on the back cover. Miracles member Marv Tarplin played guitar on this album, but was not featured on its cover. Allmusic Guide called it "A stunning concept album that should have fared better".  The New Yorker, in an article dated April 16, 2013, referred to this album as "A standout", and as "one of the rare jewels in the (Motown) label's crown".
Due to its beauty and intimately romantic songs, this album has been and continues to be a popular staple at weddings. There were no singles released from this album.
One of the rarest of The Miracles' albums/CDs, What Love Has....Joined Together was only released on CD once, in 1992, and is now a valuable out-of-print and highly sought-after collectors' item, commanding well over $100.00 in the collectors' market. As of 2016, Amazon.com reports some vendors and private sellers charging well in excess of $200.00 for the CD version of this album .
As of 2013 it is unknown whether Motown will ever re-release it on CD. However, in 2013, Motown released this album, exclusively as a digital download, available on Amazon, iTunes, and several other websites.
- "What Love Has Joined Together" (Smokey Robinson, Bobby Rogers) 5:50
- "My Cherie Amour (Stevie Wonder, Hank Cosby, Sylvia Moy) 4:16
- "If This World Were Mine" (Marvin Gaye) 4:30
- "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (Frank Wilson, Patrice Holloway, Berry Gordy, Brenda Holloway) 5:04
- "This Guy's in Love With You" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) 5:19
- "And I Love Her" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) 2:37
- Lead Vocals : Smokey Robinson and Claudette Robinson
- Background Vocals: Claudette Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, Ronnie White
- Guitar: Marv Tarplin
- Other instruments: The Funk Brothers
- Producer: William "Smokey" Robinson