11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Naturally, anyone who loves the songs presented here should own the original versions, which sent a chill up America’s collective spine upon their releases in the early ‘60s through the early ‘80s. Smokey Robinson is an R&B and soul singer beyond peer; he was once a hitmaking machine with The Miracles, as a solo artist, and with other artists, such as Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. This album presents modern duet versions, assembled without the singers necessarily sharing the same room; they're mostly well matched. For example, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler free-associates throughout “You Really Got a Hold on Me” in a must-hear performance that's likely to divide listeners. R&B singers Mary J. Blige and Ledisi, who perform “Being with You” and “Ooh Baby Baby,” respectively, are the two most perfectly fit for Robinson’s soul music, while James Taylor is just right on “Ain’t That Peculiar.” Songs like “The Way You Do (The Things You Do)” and “Tears of a Clown” are virtually indestructible, and Cee Lo Green and Sheryl Crow have fun with them. 

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Naturally, anyone who loves the songs presented here should own the original versions, which sent a chill up America’s collective spine upon their releases in the early ‘60s through the early ‘80s. Smokey Robinson is an R&B and soul singer beyond peer; he was once a hitmaking machine with The Miracles, as a solo artist, and with other artists, such as Marvin Gaye and The Temptations. This album presents modern duet versions, assembled without the singers necessarily sharing the same room; they're mostly well matched. For example, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler free-associates throughout “You Really Got a Hold on Me” in a must-hear performance that's likely to divide listeners. R&B singers Mary J. Blige and Ledisi, who perform “Being with You” and “Ooh Baby Baby,” respectively, are the two most perfectly fit for Robinson’s soul music, while James Taylor is just right on “Ain’t That Peculiar.” Songs like “The Way You Do (The Things You Do)” and “Tears of a Clown” are virtually indestructible, and Cee Lo Green and Sheryl Crow have fun with them. 

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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
185 Ratings
185 Ratings
ERVGRAM ,

Please Smokey, NO!

Smokey,You are a icon, I consider myself a MUSICMAN I been with you and countless others pretty much since the beginning of your career,Smokey the songs you have created could not have been any better no matter who you add to them,This is no better than karaoke ,we need you and only you to put down tunes like"LIKE NOBODY CAN",EASY,AND SO ON! So next time take time and come back with,"PURE SMOKEY",your best fan,ERVIN GRAHAM.

Beaux Luis ,

Smokey Is Better Than This

Smokey's last album, "Time Flies When You're Having Fun" was an excellent, contemporary offering with duets including Joss Stone, India.Arie and an even wonderful guitar solo by the Kennedy Center Honoree, Carlos Santana. After the success of Lionel Richie's Nashville covers of his classics with marquee country names including Shania Twain doing a fickle cover of "Endless Love". The marketing was excellent topped off with a television special.
I love Smokey. I have since I was a kid. But this album is so below his standards. I hope it sells tonnage hopefully, they have lined up another television special because the Lionel Richie special was a ratings success. But I cannot wait until his next album of new material.

echeesep ,

The first record I ever bought was “Shop Around”.

I bought it at the Record Shack on 125th Street in Harlem, NY. It was a 45 rpm recording, I believe “Who’s Loving You" was the flip side. I have been a loyal fan ever since, sometimes purchasing an album multiple times in various formats from records to cassette, CD and MP3. I purchased this in advance, and have to say I am disappointed. This compilation is not up to previous standards, the voices are not complimentary (except John Legend) and these covers do not honor the original performances. I’m still a fan; I hope the next album will be representative of Smokey’s artistry as a composer and performer.

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