Pure Smokey

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Umvd Special Markets
  • UPC: 602517372597
  • Catalog Number: 000927702
  • Sales rank: 67,134

Album Credits

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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