TamlaTamla T 54048 (B), September 1961

B-side of Everybody’s Gotta Pay Some Dues

(Written by Smokey Robinson and Marv Tarplin)

Scan kindly provided by Gordon Frewin.  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!Like another much-loved early Miracles B-side, the twice-recorded (You Can) Depend On Me, this is a fuzzy, dreamy, lushly-arranged ballad-cum-lullaby, drenched in reverberating echo which makes layers of strings, guitars and brushed drums blend together in pleasing fashion.

Smokey is on some of the best vocal form of his life across the two sides of this single, and he outdoes himself here, hitting a series of spectacular high notes with perfection as he croons the listener into a dreamlike trance, but it’s all in the service of an unremarkable song; three minutes of soothing musical wallpaper.

It’s extremely pretty, but once again I’d dispute how much actual song there is going on underneath the reverberating plucked guitars and Smokey’s vocal acrobatics, and (unlike the wonderful A-side Everybody’s Gotta Pay Some Dues) the Miracles can’t match Smokey’s performance, drifting ever so slightly (but noticeably) out of tune on several occasions.

Quite lovely in places, but ultimately inconsequential.



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