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Smokey & Friends

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Smokey & Friends seems like it's as much an American Idol judges and mentors project -- or a sequel to Randy Jackson's Music Club -- than a celebration of Smokey Robinson's career. Produced by Jackson, Smokey duets with his guests on fresh versions of popular compositions he wrote during the early '60s through the early '80s, popularized by Smokey himself -- with and without the Miracles -- or other artists, namely the Temptations and Marvin Gaye. The array of vocal matchups alternates between suitable and, yeah, peculiar. Smokey gets the best results with the veteran R&B women, Ledisi ("Ooh Baby Baby") and Mary J. Blige ("Being with You"), while pairings with the ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Smokey & Friends seems like it's as much an American Idol judges and mentors project -- or a sequel to Randy Jackson's Music Club -- than a celebration of Smokey Robinson's career. Produced by Jackson, Smokey duets with his guests on fresh versions of popular compositions he wrote during the early '60s through the early '80s, popularized by Smokey himself -- with and without the Miracles -- or other artists, namely the Temptations and Marvin Gaye. The array of vocal matchups alternates between suitable and, yeah, peculiar. Smokey gets the best results with the veteran R&B women, Ledisi ("Ooh Baby Baby") and Mary J. Blige ("Being with You"), while pairings with the likes of Elton John ("The Tracks of My Tears") and James Taylor ("Ain't That Peculiar") are livelier than expected. The noteworthy guests aren't limited to singers. Among the backing musicians are Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, John Mayer, Cornelius Mims, Jim Keltner, and Jackson himself. The instrumental support is mostly middle-of-the-road adult contemporary R&B without any conscious attempt to sound retro.
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The track listing for "Smokey & Friends" features Robinson alongside a celebrated roster of contemporary and classic artists who revisit the best loved songs from Robinson's unmatched catalog of hits including those he has written for his solo career, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, The Miracles, as well as hits he wrote for others, including Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. On the Randy Jackson-produced set, Robinson is joined by old friends like James Taylor, Sir Elton John, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, and Mary J. Blige, as well as with some of today's hottest new artists including John Legend, John Mayer, Miguel, Aloe Blacc, JC Chasez, CeeLo, Ledisi and Jessie J. Robinson and his guests pay homage to the timeless originals, while creating new versions that feel instantaneously contemporary and classic. Robinson and John turn "The Tracks of My Tears" into an organ-drenched call and response; while Legend's graceful piano playing adds a new elegance to "Quiet Storm." On "My Girl," Miguel, Aloe Blacc, and 'N Sync's JC Chasez match The Temptation's unforgettable harmonies, as John Mayer recreates the song's instantly recognizable opening guitar riffs. The album's 11 tracks will delight longtime Robinson fans, as well as introduce these ageless songs to younger listeners not necessarily familiar with the enduring melodies and lyrics.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/19/2014
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602537501496
  • Catalog Number: 001901602

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Tracks of My Tears (3:27)
  2. 2 You Really Got a Hold On Me - Steven Tyler (3:25)
  3. 3 My Girl - Miguel (4:31)
  4. 4 Cruisin' - Jessie J (4:53)
  5. 5 Quiet Storm - John Legend (4:58)
  6. 6 The Way You Do (The Things You Do) - Cee Lo Green (3:34)
  7. 7 Being With You - Mary J. Blige (4:15)
  8. 8 Ain't That Peculiar - James Taylor (3:47)
  9. 9 The Tears of a Clown - Sheryl Crow (3:23)
  10. 10 Ooh Baby Baby - Ledisi (3:00)
  11. 11 Get Ready - Gary Barlow (3:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokey Robinson Primary Artist, Background Vocals
James Taylor Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Larry Goldings Organ, Wurlitzer
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums
Randy Bowland Guitar
Jim Cox Piano, Synthesizer Strings, Hammond B3
Loris Holland Keyboards
Doc Powell Guitar
Michael Landau Electric Guitar
Wayne Linsey Keyboards
Cornelius Mims Bass
Mischke Background Vocals
Tim Pierce Guitar
Roger Squitero Tambourine
Steven Tyler Background Vocals
Phil X. Guitar
Jeff Babko Keyboards, Synthesizer Flute, Synthesizer Strings
Sharlotte Gibson Background Vocals
Randy Jackson Bass
Chris Walden Synthesizer Strings
John Mayer Guitar, Soloist
Nicole Scherzinger Background Vocals
Songa Lee Violin
Raul Ferrando Synthesizer Strings
John Legend Piano
Terron Brooks Background Vocals
Theron "Neff U" Feemster Drums, Keyboards, Synthesizer Horn
Beate Walden Violin
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Sherree Brown Background Vocals
Ray Angry Keyboards
Ahmir Thompson Drums
Sarah West Background Vocals
James Gamble Drums
Jim Wright Keyboards
John Shaks Guitar, Soloist
Mark Kelly Bass
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer, Executive Producer
Marti Frederiksen Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
Dave O'Donnell Producer, Vocal Engineer, Guitar Engineer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Drew Bollman Vocal Engineer
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Jeff Babko String Arrangements
Randy Jackson Producer
Matt Still Vocal Engineer
Ronald White Composer
Chris Walden String Arrangements
Robert Rogers Composer
Henry Crosby Composer
Vlado Meller Mastering
Ryan Carline Vocal Engineer
Keith Gretlein Engineer
T.J. River Art Direction
Theron "Neff U" Feemster Programming
Chad Frascoviak Guitar Engineer
Warren Moore Composer
Rose Ella Jones Composer
Jeremy Stevenson Vocal Engineer
Eric Podwall Executive Producer
Misha Kachkachisvili Vocal Engineer
Sasan Sotoodehfar Programming
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