I'll Try Something New
Audio CD | Import
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The Miracles third album for the Tamla label, Ill Try Something New features a mixture of mainly Smokey Robinson penned originals, together with interpretations of standards such as Ive Got You Under My Skin, On The Street Where You Live and Speak Low. It is, of course, the Smokey penned numbers that are of greater interest, including He Dont Care About Me, which gives Smokeys future wife Claudette a chance to do the lead and A Love That Can Never Be that features Ronnie White. The passage of time has increased the albums relevance; it is a vital component in the development of the group in general and Smokey in particular to greatness. It is also one of the few Miracles' albums to feature all six group members (five vocalists and guitarist MarvTarplin) on the cover.
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Now, on to my review:
"ILL TRY SOMETHING NEW" The third album by Motown's first group, THE MIRACLES, finally has been released on CD. And, I must say, IT'S ABOUT TIME !!! The group's first two albums, "HI...WE'RE THE MIRACLES", and "COOKIN' WITH THE MIRACLES" , were released over 20 years ago by Motown ...and Motown , some 4 years ago, released "The MIRACLES-DEPEND ON ME: The Early Albums" including the group's first five albums (including this one), back in 2009...but this is the first time that the "ILL TRY SOMETHING NEW" album has had an individual CD release...something that hard-core Miracles fans and collectors (like myself) crave...because we like collecting individual albums and CD's as opposed to compilations.
This album is unique for several reasons. First of all , it is one of only TWO original Miracles albums in the group's long history to feature THE COMPLETE,ORIGINAL, SIX MEMBER GROUP LINE-UP on it's cover:1st tenor/lead singer BILL "SMOKEY" ROBINSON,2nd tenor BOBBY ROGERS, his cousin and Smokey's ex-wife CLAUDETTE ROGERS-ROBINSON, bass singer and group vocal arranger WARREN "PETE" MOORE ,guitarist MARV TARPLIN, and baritone RONNIE WHITE.
This album is also unique in that it is one of the few Miracles albums where Smokey DOES NOT do all of the lead vocals. Claudette sings lead on the tune "He Don't Care About Me", and shares the lead with husband Smokey on the lovely standard "Speak Low". The late Ronnie White takes the lead mike on "A Love That Will Never Be", while THE ENTIRE GROUP does 5 part harmony lead vocals on the standards "I've Got You Under My Skin" , and Vic Damone's "On The Street Where You Live". Their performances on all of these songs are great.
In the early days of Motown, The Miracles were more of an "ensemble" act , than just a "Lead and Background" act. That was when I loved them best...when ALL of the members of the group were allowed to shine...instead of just Smokey .There is considerable talent in ALL of the members of this group. That is why longtime fans of the group resented the group's 1965 name change from "THE MIRACLES" to "SMOKEY ROBINSON and THE MIRACLES".knowing that, from that point on, the groups' dynamic would forever change, and that Smokey would go from being the MAIN lead singer of The Miracles to being the SOLE lead singer...a move that would eventually be the cause of the 1987 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Controversy; i.e., the solo induction of Smokey into the Hall of Fame ...while the rest of The Miracles were left out in the cold ...an error that only now (as of 2012) has been corrected.
This album includes 3 hit singles, and all were highly influential: the beautiful ,poetic romantic title song "I'll Try Something New" which has inspired cover versions by The Supremes & Temptations, A Taste Of Honey,and numerous others. This album also includes the double-sided hit, "What's So Good About Goodbye"(still one of my favorite Miracles songs EVER... featuring Miracle Marv Tarplin's great guitar work) and "I've Been Good To You", both of which were major influences on The Beatles (see Wikipedia) .
For the reasons I mentioned earlier, that this is not only a great album with solid performances,where ALL of The Miracles get to shine instead of just one, but also one that features the Miracles at their early best... as young, eager kids just starting out ,filled with optimism, youthful exuberance, and enthusiasm, long before record company politics, favoritism, and restrictions changed the group forever, that I give this album 5 stars !! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!
P.S. Two other things: first of all, while this is an original Motown album, this current version is released by Pickwick Group, issued on their "Hallmark" imprint,under license from Motown Records and Universal Music. Don't let that discourage you, because, as I said, it is an ORIGINAL , UNCUT,1962 MOTOWN RE-RELEASE. Secondly, It DOES contain THE ORIGINAL MOTOWN LINER NOTES, written by none other than BERRY GORDY HIMSELF. While it's available...BUY IT !!