Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – What Love Has… Joined Together (1970/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 33:44 minutes | 1,2 GB | Genre: R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Motown
This top 10 R&B concept album from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles contains nothing but covers of love songs by Burt Bacharach, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Beatles and others. Produced by Smokey Robinson, What Love Has…Joined Together was one of the most rare albums in the Motown catalogue, for years out of print and almost impossible to find.
A stunning concept album by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles that should have fared better. Notables wrote the six songs, all love ballads: Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Berry Gordy, Frank Wilson, Bacharach & David, Lennon & McCartney, and Smokey himself. Every selection is a wedding song, and Smokey caresses the lyrics like they were newborns. The heavenly harmonies of the Miracles – Ronald White, Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, and Claudette Robinson – touch the soul. When they sing Brenda Holloway’s “You Made Me So Very Happy,” you don’t just hear the words; for five minutes and four seconds you experience what lovers feel. The harmonies on “What Love Has…” are overwhelming, almost overkill. Smokey drenches more soul onto Marvin Gaye’s “If This World Was Mine” then the master himself. The lush arrangements by Smokey and Jerry Long will make you dizzy.
01 – What Love Has Joined Together
02 – My Cherie Amour
03 – If This World Were Mine
04 – You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
05 – This Guy’s In Love With You
06 – And I Love Her
07 – (You’ve Got Me) Looking Through The Eyes Of Love
08 – Paper People
Produced by Smokey Robinson.
Recorded at Hitsville USA, Detroit.
Smokey Robinson – lead vocals
Claudette Robinson – lead vocals, background vocals
Bobby Rogers – background vocals
Pete Moore – background vocals
Ronnie White – background vocals
Marv Tarplin – guitar
+ The Funk Brothers – other instrumentation