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Make It Happen (Tears of a Clown)

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The most underrated Miracles LP of the '60s, Make It Happen featured a spate of great songs, including three or four that really should've been hits (plus one that only became the group's biggest hit three years after release). Opening with "The Soulful Shack," a grooving dance number that would've fit perfectly on the previous year's Away We a Go-Go, the album featured plenty of near-misses, including a pair of delightful good-times dance songs, "My Love Is Your Love (Forever)" and "It's a Good Feeling," plus a great choice for a cover, a tender version of Little Anthony & the Imperials' "I'm on the Outside (Looking In)." The hits really did shine more than any of the other songs, though, marking yet another leap in the level of Smokey Robinson's compositional sophistication. "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage" is a brilliant twist on a romantic novelty in the Motown mold (with a production that deftly references the British Invasion), while "More Love" is the most sincere lyric and most emotive performance in the group's catalog, a song of reassurance occasioned by several miscarriages suffered by Robinson's wife (and fellow Miracle), Claudette. The capstone, however, was the last song, "The Tears of a Clown," originally written as an up-tempo instrumental groover by Stevie Wonder and his producer, Hank Cosby. Robinson's lyric is witty yet sublime, and his lead vocal is one of the best performances of his recording career. One of the biggest misses by the notoriously hit-conscious Motown organization was failing to release this as a single before it became an album hit on British radio in 1970, three years after it first appeared. It shot to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and prompted Motown to re-release Make It Happen under a new title, The Tears of a Clown.

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Make It Happen was not a reissue

The iTunes review is confused. Make It Happen was an original release, not a reissue. Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 came out in 1968. It contained selections from three albums: Going To A Go-Go (1965), Away We A Go-Go (1966), and Make It Happen (1967). Make It Happen was repackaged in 1970 as The Tears of a Clown. That's what the reviewer is referring to.

Mean Spirited iTune Review

I am not sure why re-releasing an album would be considered an example of corporate greed. I supposed there are aspects of the way Berry Gordy did business that might give one pause but the practice of re-packaging an earlier album when one of it’s tracks becomes a huge hit later is not worthy of being considered “corporate greed.” Motown repackaged Meet The Supremes with a more modern cover. Marvin Gaye’s "In the Groove" was retitled Heard It Through the Grapevine after the song of the same became a monster hit. It’s all just business and the fans were and are fine with it!

Make it happen

Better research and labeling plz....this was rereleased as Tears of a Clown after the same was reissued and became Smokey's best selling single. Also you have mis-titled songs switching You must be Love(#9) with Its a (#10)Good Feeling.. glad I know my Smokey>>


Nacido/a: Detroit, MI, 19 de febrero de 1940

Género: R&B/Soul

Años de actividad: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Berry Gordy founded Motown Records, but one could argue that Smokey Robinson was the man who first pushed America's most iconic soul music label toward greatness. As the leader of the Miracles, Robinson was one of the very first artists signed to the fledgling label in 1959, and while he racked up many hits for it with the Miracles and as a solo act, Robinson was also an invaluable behind-the-scenes talent who wrote songs, produced records, scouted and groomed talent, and served as a vice president...
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