TamlaTamla T 54036 (B), February 1961

B-side of Ain’t It Baby

(Written by Smokey Robinson)

BritainLondon American HLU 9366 (B), June 1961

B-side of Ain’t It Baby

(Released in the UK under license through London Records)

Scan kindly provided by Robb Klein, reproduced by arrangement.  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!A solo writing credit for Smokey on this one, his third such credit after the stupendous single Way Over There, and the rather less stupendous B-side Who’s Lovin’ You.

It’s a sweet, slow-paced ballad that doesn’t really go anywhere, but it’s pretty all the same, well sung by Smokey at the very top of his register. Hardly a million miles away from Who’s Lovin’ You, it again has heavy traces of doo-wop, although this one’s prominent use of rhythm guitar and soft brushed drums does appear to be a step away from that style, towards the sort of arrangement shown on Debbie Dean’s A New Girl, another Smokey co-write.

Once again, I find myself holding Smokey to higher standards than other Motown artists and songwriters of the period, which isn’t really fair; but while this might have been a passably good effort by one of Motown’s early-Sixties lesser lights, it’s little more than filler when put up against some of the Miracles’ better songs even only to this point.



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