Smokey Robinson Pure SmokeyDiscothèque Idéale Qobuz

Pure Smokey

Smokey Robinson

Released on July 11, 2014 by UNI - MOTOWN

Main artist: Smokey Robinson

Genre: R&B/Soul > R&B

Distinctions: The Qobuz Ideal Discography (November 2014)

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Album : 1 disk - 9 tracks Total length : 00:33:32

  1. 1 It's Her Turn To Live

    Marvin Tarplin, ComposerLyricist - Gene Page, Arranger, Work Arranger - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Russell Turner, Arranger, Work Arranger Copyright : ℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  2. 2 The Love Between Me And My Kids

    Gene Page, Arranger, Work Arranger - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Russell Turner, Arranger, Work Arranger Copyright : ℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  3. 3 Asleep On My Love

    Marvin Tarplin, ComposerLyricist - Gene Page, Arranger, Work Arranger - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Russell Turner, Arranger, Work Arranger Copyright : ℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  4. 4 I Am I Am

    William Robinson, Jr., Producer, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - SMOKEY ROBINSON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  5. 5 Just Passing Through

    Janie Bradford, ComposerLyricist - Marvin Tarplin, ComposerLyricist - AL CLEVELAND, ComposerLyricist - Gene Page, Arranger, Work Arranger - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist - Russell Turner, Arranger, Work Arranger Copyright : ℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  6. 6 Virgin Man

    SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Rose Jones, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  7. 7 She's Only A Baby Herself

    Gene Page, Arranger, Work Arranger - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Russell Turner, Arranger, Work Arranger Copyright : ℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  8. 8 Fulfill Your Need

    Marvin Tarplin, ComposerLyricist - Gene Page, Arranger, Work Arranger - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Pamela Moffett-Young, ComposerLyricist - Russell Turner, Arranger, Work Arranger Copyright : ℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  9. 9 A Tattoo

    Gene Page, Arranger, Work Arranger - SMOKEY ROBINSON, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Willie Hutch, Producer, Arranger, Work Arranger Copyright : ℗ 1974 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Pure Smokey consolidates Smokey Robinson’s progressions on Smokey, retaining the adventurous maturity of subject matter -- in particular, Robinson remains fixated on family, paying tribute to the sister who raised him on “It’s Her Turn to Live,” noting the passing generations on “She’s Only a Baby Herself,” and expressing “The Love Between Me and My Kids” -- but moving firmly into the present with his music. Apart from the closing “A Tattoo,” which was co-produced by Willie Hutch, Pure Smokey is helmed by Smokey himself and he creates a seamless blend of smoothed-out disco and gorgeous soft soul, the former firmly within the commercial realm of 1974 and the latter creating the sound he would coin Quiet Storm on his next LP. Here, Smokey favors lively beats over slow sways -- even the midtempo numbers carry a bounce to their rhythm -- yet these insistent, danceable rhythms convey an element of seduction thanks to Smokey’s velvet delivery, a smoothness that’s undeniable in his vocals and arrangements. So smooth is Pure Smokey that it’s easy to overlook its subtle innovations in subject and music, but that’s what makes it a rich, enduring LP: it goes down easy but pays back greater dividends upon close listening. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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