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Smokey Robinson My World: The Definitive Collection

1 rating: 3.0
2005 audio CD release

Few artists have had as much impact on soul music as William "Smokey" Robinson. During his decades-spanning career, Robinson has penned and/or performed some of the greatest songs to ever grace Motown Records. Smokey's voice is instantly recognizable … see full wiki

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Grand new collection from the man who has been dubbed "America's poet".

  • Dec 11, 2008
Rating:
+3

Smokey Robinson was a fixture on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart for nearly three decades. He is also widely regarded as one of America's greatest songwriters. "My World: The Definitive Collection" offers a fine overview of the career of this multi-talented and legendary performer. Enjoy once again several of his 1960's hits with the Miracles including Motown's very first hit single "Shop Around" as well as the 1967 smash "More Love". Among the other Miracles tunes included on this disc are "Going To A-Go-Go", "You've Really Got a Hold on Me" and Smokey's most popular song of all-time "The Tears of A Clown". Kudos to the engineers for an outstanding remastering job! Each and every track on this disc is crystal clear and this will add to your enjoyment of Smokey's inimitable falsetto voice.

But this treasure trove of hits also includes several of Smokey's biggest solo recordings from the 1970's and 1980's. "Quiet Storm" and "Cruisin" are fine examples of Smokey's work in the 1970's. Smokey Robinson's popularity would soar in the 1980's with three Top 10 hits. "Being With You", "Just To See Her" and "One Heartbeat" are all included in "My World: The Definitive Collection".
 

I was quite excited to discover that Smokey Robinson recorded two brand new tunes for this collection. I have sampled both "My World" and "Fallin'" a number of times and to be honest with you neither tune excites me. Perhaps they will grow on me with time but the old magic just does not seem to be there. Nevertheless, the great remastering job coupled with the inclusion of tunes from both his days with the Miracles and his own solo career makes "My World: The Definitive Collection" a winner. This is a solid +3 offering. Recommended.

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