The Solo Albums, Vol. 4: Love Breeze / Where There's Smoke…
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||Why You Wanna See My Bad Side||Smokey Robinson||3:46||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Love So Fine||Smokey Robinson||4:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Feeling You, Feeling Me||Smokey Robinson||3:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Madame X||Smokey Robinson||6:38||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Shoe Soul||Smokey Robinson||4:46||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Trying It Again||Smokey Robinson||4:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Daylight & Darkness||Smokey Robinson||4:00||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'm Loving You Softly||Smokey Robinson||4:33||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It's a Good Night||Smokey Robinson||5:45||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||I Love the Nearness of You||Smokey Robinson||4:28||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Hurt's On You||Smokey Robinson||4:14||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Ever Had a Dream||Smokey Robinson||3:44||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Get Ready||Smokey Robinson||5:53||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Share It||Smokey Robinson||4:52||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Cruisin'||Smokey Robinson||5:52||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Get Ready (12" Instrumental)||Smokey Robinson||5:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
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.
His voice is timeless
I swear, I could listen to him sing anything… even the phonebook. Some of the music on his early solo work sounds a bit 'dated' -- but that voice shines above all. It's truly a gift from God, and I'm glad he spread it around so much...
Born: February 19, 1940 in Detroit, MI
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s