TamlaTamla T 54025 (B), June 1959

B-side of It

(Written by Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson)

Label scan kindly provided by Lars “LG” Nilsson - www.seabear.se.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!After the horrors of the A-side, this is slightly better, but still hardly great; extremely repetitive and almost mindlessly simple, running for less than two minutes, and crafted out of basically just one verse repeated over and over for the whole of that time, there’s nothing to commend it except a brief and briefly-inspirational moment where the key changes for a couple of seconds of near-perfect harmony at the end of the third line each time it comes around. Other than that, there’s almost nothing going on here at all (the liner notes to The Complete Motown Singles: Volume 1 call it “conventional” while giving dues to the “fairly unusual key change”).

You can at least sort of see how this fits into the development of Smokey Robinson, hit songwriter, and of the Miracles as a group, something that can’t be said of the terrible A-side, but it’s still not particularly good; it sounds more than anything else like a Buddy Holly record being played at 33 by mistake. This was the last foray for “Ron & Bill”, but the Miracles would have some proper records of their own out soon enough, records which would be good enough to erase the memory of these two substandard sides.

“Don’t Say Bye Bye” was bafflingly resurrected in 1961 as material for a new trio, “Hank, Gino & Bob”, before having its attribution changed and being credited to Gino Parks alone.



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