A Pocket Full of Miracles

by: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles

A few good sides make this a fair to middling LP and not one of their best overall. Two single releases, "Point It Out" and "Who's Gonna Take the Blame," did all right but didn't blow up the charts; the latter, a Valerie Simpson/Nicholas Ashford composition, is a teary tale of a girl who turned into a prostitute -- heavy stuff for the Miracles. The original version of "Darling Dear" is one of the better tunes here, though a later recording by the Jackson Five is the more popular rendition. Other tunes are competent but fall short of being winners or A-sides. ~ Andrew Hamilton

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