Pure Smokey

Pure Smokey

by Smokey Robinson
     
 
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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2006
Label:
Umvd Special Markets
UPC:
0737463516822
catalogNumber:
635168

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Performance Credits

Smokey Robinson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bobbye Hall   Percussion
Henry Davis   Bass
Jeffrey Osborne   Drums
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin   Guitar
Russ Turner   Keyboards
Marvin Tarplin   Guitar

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gene Page   Arranger
Bruce Ellison   Engineer
Jim Hilton   Engineer
Willie Hutch   Arranger,Producer
Tom Knox   Engineer
Larry Miles   Engineer
Russ Terrana   Engineer
Russ Turner   Arranger
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Janie Bradford   Composer

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