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Motown’s second volume of “stripped mixes” stars Smokey Robinson, one of the label’s best-known figures and most underrated vocalists. Robinson brought to soul music an overarching femininity and vulnerability at a time when ultra-masculine shouters like David Ruffin and Otis Redding were favored. This collection spans Robinson’s early career, from his glory days with the Miracles to his popular solo singles from the late '70s and early '80s. In stripping away the rhythm tracks and overdubs to these classic songs, new elements take shape. We are able to better appreciate the subtleties of Smokey’s vocals, and his mastery of songwriting structure and harmonic arrangement. Undoubtedly, rhythm-driven songs like “I Second That Emotion” and “The Tears of a Clown” lose their essence under this treatment, but other songs gleam like polished diamonds. The rhythmless takes of “Cruisin’” and “Quiet Storm” are ethereal, sublime, and near psychedelic experiences. An a cappella take of “Ooo Baby Baby” loses nothing, and instead seems to bring out the timeless simplicity within the song’s famously pillowy arrangement.

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Absolutely Great !!!!

Im not a big fan of remixs so when I stumbeled upon this i didn't know what to expect so for $9 I purchased it. Im a big Smokey Fan, Well I had to come back to comment on it ,the people at Motown got one right this is a GEM . just loveing the clarity of the vocals and detail of the sound not like the disaster the Michael Jacson one was thanks for this oen just love this How about Diana Ross or The Temptations ....


Smokey all the way!!


I recently saw Smokey perform "Tracks of My Tears" at an award show. His nearly a capella rendition brought the house down and had everyone rappers, hip hoppers, and emcees alike hanging on to every note. He's still got it! Searched and found this on's incredible!!!


Born: February 19, 1940 in Detroit, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Berry Gordy founded Motown Records, but one could argue that Smokey Robinson was the man who first pushed America's most iconic soul music label toward greatness. As the leader of the Miracles, Robinson was one of the very first artists signed to the fledgling label in 1959, and while he racked up many hits for it with the Miracles and as a solo act, Robinson was also an invaluable behind-the-scenes talent who wrote songs, produced records, scouted and groomed talent, and served as a vice president...
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