Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – One Dozen Roses (1971/2016) [Qobuz 24-192]

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – One Dozen Roses (1971/2016) 
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 37:38 minutes | 1,57 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © UNI/Motown

Released in 1971 but unavailable on CD for many years, One Dozen Roses from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles includes the reappearance of the huge hit song The Tears Of A Clown, a multi-million selling number one single in both the US and the UK, inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002. The song also holds the distinction of being the Miracles’ first (and only) number one hit with Smokey Robinson as lead singer.

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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Flying High Together (1972/2016) [Qobuz 24-192]

Smokey Robinson And The Miracles – Flying High Together (1972/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 40:00 minutes | 1,70 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © UNI/Motown

Flying High Together is an album by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles on Motown Records’ Tamla label, released in 1972. It is noted as The Miracles’ last studio album with original lead singer Smokey Robinson, who retired from the act to concentrate on his duties as Vice President of The Motown Record Corporation. The album charted at #46 on the Billboard Pop Album chart. As of 2016, Flying High Together has yet to be issued on CD, but several of its songs have shown up on various Miracles foreign and domestic CD compilations.

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Smokey Robinson – Where There’s Smoke… (1979/2016) [Qobuz 24-192]

Smokey Robinson – Where There’s Smoke… (1979/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:58 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © UNI/Motown

Smokey Robinson’s 1979 solo release Where There’s Smoke…, called his “finest album” by Robert Christgau in The Village Voice, includes his biggest solo single, the top five smash Cruisin’. Robinson also modernizes and updates his own song Get Ready, a huge hit for both the Temptations in the 1960s and Rare Earth in the ’70s.

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Smokey Robinson – Being With You (1981/2016) [AcousticSounds 24-192]

Smokey Robinson – Being With You (1981/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:47 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSound | Artwork: Front cover | © UNI/Motown

Smokey Robinson’s most successful post-Miracles solo album, Being With You has sold over 900,000 copies and peaked at number 10 in the US, propelled by the million-selling hit single title track. Seeking a more contemporary, modern sound, Robinson sought out the hot producer of the day, George Tobin (Tiffany, Kim Carnes) to work his magic behind the board.

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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – A Pocket Full Of Miracles (1970/2016) [Qobuz 24-192]

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – A Pocket Full Of Miracles (1970/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:44:05 minutes | 1,88 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © Motown Records

A Pocket Full Of Miracles (TS306) is a 1970 album by Motown Records R&B group The Miracles,(AKA “Smokey Robinson & The Miracles”) issued on its Tamla subsidiary label, one of three albums the group released that year. This album charted at #56 on the Billboard pop albums chart, and reached the top ten of the magazine’s R&B albums chart, peaking at #10. It was released on September 30 of that year. Hit singles on the album included “Point It Out” and the topical Ashford & Simpson written-and-produced song “Who’s Gonna Take The Blame”, a sad, dark song about a girl that is turned out as a prostitute (unusually serious lyric content for The Miracles). Also included is the charting flip side “Darling Dear”, B-side of “Point It Out”, which reached # 100 on the Billboard pop chart, and spawned a cover version by The Jackson Five.

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Smokey Robinson – Yes Its You Lady (1982/2016) [HDTracks 24-192]

Smokey Robinson – Yes Its You Lady (1982/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:37:46 minutes | 1,54 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Artwork: Front cover | © Universal Motown
Recorded: November – December, 1981 at Studio Sound Recorders, North Hollywood, California

Yes It’s You Lady is a 1982 album by American singer Smokey Robinson. As 1981’s Being with You it was produced by George Tobin and recorded and mixed at Studio Sound Recorders, North Hollywood, California. It was released on the Motown sub-label Tamla. The album was peaking at #33 in Billboard pop charts, and at #6 on the R&B charts. The two follow-up singles to 1981’s chart success’ “Being with you” were strangely no Robinson compositions: “Tell Me Tomorrow” peaked at #33 Billboard and #3 R&B charts, “Old Fashioned Love” at #60 Billboard and #17 R&B charts. The third and final single, Robinson’s “Yes It’s You Lady” only peaked at #107 Billboard, without entering the R&B charts.

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Smokey Robinson – Being With You (1981/2016) [Qobuz 24-192]

Smokey Robinson – Being With You (1981/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 32:47 minutes | 1,27 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSound | Artwork: Front cover | © UNI/Motown

Smokey Robinson’s most successful post-Miracles solo album, Being With You has sold over 900,000 copies and peaked at number 10 in the US, propelled by the million-selling hit single title track. Seeking a more contemporary, modern sound, Robinson sought out the hot producer of the day, George Tobin (Tiffany, Kim Carnes) to work his magic behind the board.

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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Going To A Go-Go (1965/2016) [Qobuz 24-192]

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – Going To A Go-Go (1965/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 00:33:54 minutes | 1,38 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © UNI/Motown

The only album from the Miracles to break into the US top 10, Going To A Go-Go from 1965 spawned four top 20 hit singles, including The Tracks Of My Tears, included at number 50 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. The tune was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007 and has also been preserved by the United States Library of Congress as an “culturally, historicall, and aesthetically significance” to the National Recording Registry.

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Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm (1975/2016) [Qobuz 24-192]

Smokey Robinson – A Quiet Storm (1975/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:36 minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: R&B, Soul
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | © UNI/Motown

Smokey Robinson invented a style of songwriting and singing that influenced artists as diverse as James Taylor, Michael Jackson, Bobby Brown, Boyz ll Men and Linda Ronstadt, to name just a few. Smokey’s gentle, sensual vocals are effortlessly delivered but completely captivating. No less an authority and devoted fan than Bob Dylan once called Smokey Robinson, ‘the greatest living poet in a America today.’ 1975’s „A Quiet Storm“ contains all the patented Smokey touches: the sweet irresistible melodies; the slow-dancing ballads; the jump-for-joy love songs. You can’t go wrong with a Smokey Robinson record, no matter what it’s decade of origin, but this is perhaps his definitive ’70s album, defining a smooth, contemporary R&B style that would be emulated for decades to come. As exemplified by „A Quiet Storm“, Smokey’s gift is constant and genuine.

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