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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Vol. 4 of Hip-O Select's ongoing Smokey Robinson solo album reissue series contains 1978's Love Breeze and its 1979 sequel, Where There's Smoke.... On the whole, Love Breeze is sprightlier than Smokey's records since Quiet Storm, betraying a distinct disco influence not only in its quicker moments but also on the smoother, slower numbers, a move that helped freshen his quiet storm routine. It was a welcome transition that Robinson perfected on Where There's Smoke..., a record that was his biggest hit in a decade, a success ushered in by the smash hit "Cruisin'," an easy-rolling piece of seduction, but the entirety of the album finds Smokey in peak form, expertly...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Vol. 4 of Hip-O Select's ongoing Smokey Robinson solo album reissue series contains 1978's Love Breeze and its 1979 sequel, Where There's Smoke.... On the whole, Love Breeze is sprightlier than Smokey's records since Quiet Storm, betraying a distinct disco influence not only in its quicker moments but also on the smoother, slower numbers, a move that helped freshen his quiet storm routine. It was a welcome transition that Robinson perfected on Where There's Smoke..., a record that was his biggest hit in a decade, a success ushered in by the smash hit "Cruisin'," an easy-rolling piece of seduction, but the entirety of the album finds Smokey in peak form, expertly navigating disco, following Marvin Gaye's lead and steering it toward pop while never losing sight of his signature smooth touch. This two-fer illustrates that even if Smokey wasn't setting trends in the late '70s, he was smooth enough to not be behind the curve.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2011
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527586359
  • Catalog Number: 001516302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Why You Wanna See My Bad Side (3:47)
  2. 2 Love So Fine (4:36)
  3. 3 Feeling You, Feeling Me (3:54)
  4. 4 Madam X (6:39)
  5. 5 Shoe Soul (4:47)
  6. 6 Trying It Again (4:54)
  7. 7 Daylight & Darkness (4:01)
  8. 8 I'm Loving You Softly (4:35)
  9. 9 It's a Good Night (5:46)
  10. 10 I Love the Nearness of You (4:29)
  11. 11 The Hurt's on You (4:15)
  12. 12 Ever Had a Dream (3:45)
  13. 13 Get Ready (5:54)
  14. 14 Share It (4:53)
  15. 15 Cruisin' (5:56)
  16. 16 Get Ready (5:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokey Robinson Primary Artist
Rick Zunigar Guitar
Chuck Rainey Bass
David T. Walker Guitar
Michael Sembello Guitar
Charles Wright Background Vocals
Ronnie McNeir Keyboards, fender rhodes
Jack Ashford Tambourine
Melba Bradford Background Vocals
Eddie "Bongo" Brown Bongos, Conga
Cheryl Cooper Background Vocals
Dennis Davis Drums
Ivory Davis Tambourine, Background Vocals
Carolyn Dennis Background Vocals
Scott Edwards Bass
Terry Fryer Keyboards
James Gadson Drums
Ed Greene Drums
Byron Gregory Guitar
Brian Grice Drums
Roger Harris Keyboards
Scottie Harris Drums
Marlo Henderson Guitar
Patricia Henley Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Michael Jacobsen Strings, Cello, Horn
James Jamerson Bass
Danny Leake Guitar
Richard Littlefield Guitar
Greg Phillinganes fender rhodes
Melvin "Wah Wah" Ragin Guitar
Ron Rancifer Keyboards
Bernard Reed Bass
Jessie Richardson Background Vocals
Sylvester Rivers Keyboards
Claudette Robinson Background Vocals
Fredrick Roche Organ
David Sheilds Bass
Fred Smith Flute, Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Soloist
Bob Smitty Vibes
Brenda Sutton Background Vocals
Wayne Tweed Bass
Wah-Wah Watson Guitar
Marvin Tarplin Guitar
Nathan Watts Bass
Robert White Guitar
Reginald Burke Keyboards, Spoons, cowbell
Paulinho Percussion
John Barnes Keyboards
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
James "Alibe" Sledge Bongos, Conga, Background Vocals
Patricia Henley Talbert Background Vocals
William "Smokey" Robinson Background Vocals
Bernard Ighner Background Vocals
Michael B. Sutton Keyboards, Clavinet
Scotty Harris Drums
Lawrence Hanks Keyboards
Larry Davis Bass
Paula Dickerson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jerry Butler Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Smokey Robinson Composer, Lyricist
Kim Richmond Horn Arrangements
Roger Dollarhide Engineer
Jack Andrews Mastering
Robert Bowles Arranger
James Bradford Composer, Lyricist
Terry Fryer Arranger
Mike Lizzio Engineer
Hank Neuberger Rhythm Engineer
Barney Perkins Engineer
Paul Riser String Arrangements
Bob Robitaille Engineer
Art Stewart Engineer
Brenda Sutton Composer, Producer
Harry Weinger Compilation Supervisor, Reissue
Paul David Wilson Arranger
Stevie Wonder Composer, Producer, rhythm arrangement
Art Wright String Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
William Robinson Composer
Ellen Fitton Mastering
Michael Schuman Engineer
Peter Doggett Liner Notes
Marvin Tarplin Composer
John Cabalka Art Direction
Brian Zick Illustrations
Homer Alexander Talbert III Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Wriston Jones Art Direction
Claude Mougin Cover Photo
Reginald Burke Arranger, Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
Andrew Skurow Tape Research
Richard Williams Composer, Lyricist
Cal Harris Engineer
William "Smokey" Robinson Producer
Rose Ella Jones Composer, Lyricist
Art White Engineer
Gregory Ross Art Direction
Michael B. Sutton Composer, Producer
Rodney Massey Composer
Kennis Jones Composer, Lyricist
Lawrence Hanks Composer
Michael Lizzio Engineer
Don Boehret Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Highly recommended

    For Smokey aficienados--two low key gems from the late seventies

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