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Make It Happen Aka Tears of a Crown [Limited Edition, Import]

Smokey Robinson & Miracles Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B008H7HVN2
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #897,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By L. Boki
Format:Audio CD
My best friend growing up, Alton Robertson, was as much a fan of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, as I had become known as a fan of Diana Ross and The Supremes. Since we both enjoyed each group equally, we wisely stretched our weekly allowance of $3-$5 to buy new releases from both acts. While 1967, is known as "The Summer of Love", especially for me growing up in San Francisco......1967, also was known as "the long hot summer of '67". Right before James Brown released the unofficial anthem of black pride, "Say it Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)", inner cities across America from Los Angeles Watts neighborhood, Motown stepped up plans to relocate from Detroit to Hollywood and in Harlem, New York would experience a renaissance of a different kind. The long hot summer began with the spring assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr. and then the early summer assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy. It would underscore the frustrations that were swelling across our American cities that eventually spread to Europe. Motown continued to heat up year after year. 1967 was no exception. With almost a previsionary vision, Smokey wrote and released a much needed "More Love". Opening up with a beautiful acoustic piano chord structure, Smokey pleaded, "let it be soon, open your heart.....make it now, don't wait". Initially thought of as yet another great love song from the pen of William Robinson, "More Love" became a hit by the weekend of July 4th 1967 as the Watts summer festival's theme song! It shot up to Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #3* on the Billboard R&B Singles chart. It was followed up with another hit, "The Love I Saw in You (Was Just a Mirage)" and even more spectacularly, after surfacing on BBC One as an album track, "Tears of a Clown" The Miracles co-penned with Stevie Wonder, what would become their final and biggest single #1 Pop and R&B Single a long 3 years later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TEARS OF A CLOWN October 29, 2013
By LeQuent
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ordered this cd on Friday and it came today, ive listened to it all the way through and I must say that this is a great album that is on cd. "Tears Of A Clown" is one of my favorite cuts along with "Dancing's Alright", "The Soulful Shack" and a few others. This cd also has the lyrics to the each song which is great. I was expecting some linear notes but the linear notes are in Japanese because the cd is made in Japan. But overall I am satisfied with the cd and would recommend this to anyone that enjoys the sound of Motown!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite by Smokey!! April 2, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The only unfortunate thing about this album is that the mono LP has the original version of Tears of a Clown on it, which has still to this date not been released on a CD. If you own the CD Tears of a Clown do not buy this, it is the same thing.
This Japanese remaster kicks butt as far as sound quality. This is my favorite album by Smokey & The Miracles and was very happy that it was remastered.
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