Smokey Robinson "My World: Definitive Collection", Smokey Robinson new Best Of out May 3, 2005 (on Motown Records).
For the first time in the phenomenal career of William "Smokey" Robinson, all nine of his Top 10 pop hits, both with The Miracles and solo, have been collected on one CD. Bringing together for the first time every era of Smokey's recording legacy, from the '60s to today, "My World: Definitive Collection" (Motown/UMe), released May 3, 2005, celebrates some of the most romantic pop songs of our time and one of the most beloved and acclaimed artists in music.
But Smokey Robinson's world has never been just about the past. In addition to the disc's 19 timeless classics, each digitally remastered, "My World: Definitive Collection" features two songs recorded in 2005: "My World" and "Fallin'." The new tracks were co-penned by Smokey Robinson and produced by him with legendary writer-producer Mickey Stevenson (Marvin Gaye, Righteous Brothers, Temptations, Funk Brothers, etc.). Smokey Robinson also co-produced the compilation, which includes a 24-page booklet highlighted by numerous photographs and an essay.
The earliest track on "My World: Definitive Collection" is 1961's "Shop Around" from The Miracles of Smokey, Warren "Pete" Moore, Ronnie White, Emerson "Sonny" Rogers, Bobby Rogers and Claudette (Rogers) Robinson. The #1 R&B/#2 pop hit was a major breakthrough, not only for the group, but for producer and co-writer Berry Gordy and his fledgling Motown label.
An impressive string of '60s hits followed, the vast majority written and/or produced by Smokey Robinson, establishing him as one of contemporary music's most prolific and successful songwriters and producers as well as artists: "You've Really Got A Hold On Me" (#1 R&B/#8 pop), Holland-Dozier-Holland's "Mickey's Monkey" (#3 R&B/#8 pop), "I Second That Emotion" (#1 R&B/#4 pop), "Going To A Go-Go" (#2 R&B/#11 pop), "The Tracks Of My Tears" (#2 R&B/#16 pop), "Yester Love" (#9 R&B/#31 pop), "Ooo Baby Baby" (#4 R&B/#16 pop), "More Love" (#5 R&B/#23 pop) and "The Tears Of A Clown" (#1 R&B/#1 pop).
In 1972, Smokey Robinson exited the Miracles to launch his solo career, and the following year "Baby Come Close" (#7 R&B/#27 pop) served as an indicator of things to come by revealing a far more intimate side. He helped define the Quiet Storm genre in the '70s with his 1975 R&B Top 30 hit, "Quiet Storm." The period also brought "Cruisin'" (#4 R&B/#4 pop) and "Baby That's Backatcha" (#1 R&B/#26 pop).
In the '80s, he scored with "Let Me Be The Clock" (#4 R&B/#31 pop), "Being With You" (#1 R&B/#2 pop/#4 Adult Contemporary), "I've Made Love To You A Thousand Times" (#8 R&B) and, in 1987, the same year Smokey Robinson & The Miracles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, "Just To See Her Again" (#2 R&B/#8 pop/#1 AC) and the Grammy-winning "One Heartbeat" (#3 R&B/#10 pop/#2 AC).
"My World: Definitive Collection" is a reminder that it is near impossible to imagine our musical world without Smokey Robinson.
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