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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Vol. 6 of Smokey Robinson's solo albums pairs 1980's Warm Thoughts with Being with You. Arriving on the heels of the very successful Where There's Smoke..., Warm Thoughts follows the same blueprint, perhaps muting the cheerful tempos just slightly, letting itself drift toward ballads with an elongated pulse, but there's still plenty of cheerful disco and bright pop here, making it easy to enjoy. Being with You expands upon the sound of Warm Thoughts by borrowing some of Quincy Jones' enthusiastic innovations, threading in some new wave synths for good measure. Some of the record is a little thin -- its closing "I Hear the Children Singing" is quite sappy -- but ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Vol. 6 of Smokey Robinson's solo albums pairs 1980's Warm Thoughts with Being with You. Arriving on the heels of the very successful Where There's Smoke..., Warm Thoughts follows the same blueprint, perhaps muting the cheerful tempos just slightly, letting itself drift toward ballads with an elongated pulse, but there's still plenty of cheerful disco and bright pop here, making it easy to enjoy. Being with You expands upon the sound of Warm Thoughts by borrowing some of Quincy Jones' enthusiastic innovations, threading in some new wave synths for good measure. Some of the record is a little thin -- its closing "I Hear the Children Singing" is quite sappy -- but it is anchored by the immortal quiet storm title track, and such moments as "Can't Fight Love" illustrate that Smokey was still adept at shaping the styles to his sound.
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  • Release Date: 12/13/2011
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527842066
  • Catalog Number: 001619802

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokey Robinson Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Robert John Background Vocals
Harry Bluestone Concert Master
Cheryl Cooper Background Vocals
Bill Cuomo Keyboards
Ivory Davis Background Vocals
Scott Edwards Bass
James Gadson Drums
Patricia Henley Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Michael Jacobsen Cello
Joel Peskin Saxophone
Mike Piccirillo Organ, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Steel Drums
Roderick Rancifer Keyboards
Ron Rancifer Keyboards
Claudette Robinson Background Vocals
Julia Tillman Waters Background Vocals
Fred Smith Flute, Reeds, Saxophone
David Stout Trombone
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Howard Lee Wolen Percussion
Mark Wolfson Percussion
Reginald Burke Keyboards
Robert "Pops" Popwell Bass
James "Alibe" Sledge Conga, Background Vocals
Patricia Henley Talbert Background Vocals
Scotty Harris Drums
Harry Jim Trumpet
Technical Credits
Smokey Robinson Composer, Producer
Peter Kingsbery Composer
Gary Goetzman Composer, Direction
John LeMay Mastering
Mike Piccirillo Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
George Tobin Arranger, Producer
Harry Weinger Compilation Supervisor
Howard Lee Wolen Engineer
Mark Wolfson Engineer
Stevie Wonder Arranger, Composer, Producer
Peter Doggett Liner Notes
Marvin Tarplin Composer
Mario Salinas Spanish Translation
Ginny Livingston Art Direction
Ron Slenzak Cover Photo
Simone Sheffield Talent Coordinator
Reginald Burke Arranger
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
Andrew Skurow Tape Vault Research
Forrest Hairston Composer
John Schuning Art Direction
Rose Ella Jones Composer
Pamela Moffett Composer
Andrew Labarrere Legal Advisor
Johnny Lee Art Direction
Michael Lizzio Producer, Engineer
Sujata Murthy Publicity
Danny Soul Composer
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