Tamla publish Smokey Robinson’s ‘Smokey,’ his first solo album (1973)

Smokey Robinson‘s ‘Smokey’ is his first solo album after his departure from The Miracles, released on June 19, 1973 by Tamla.

Track Listing : 1.Holly (Smokey Robinson) – 04:37 . 2.Medley: Never My Love/Never Can Say Goodbye (Don Addrisi, Dick Addrisi, Clifton Davis) – 03:52 . 3.A Silent Partner In A Three-Way Love Affair (Smokey Robinson, Rose Ella Jones) – 04:37 . 4.Just My Soul Responding (Smokey Robinson, Marvin Tarplin) – 05:21 . 5.Sweet Harmony (Smokey Robinson) – 04:38 . 6.Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 04:40 . 7.Wanna Know My Mind (Smokey Robinson) – 03:52 . 8.The Family Song (Smokey Robinson) – 04:21 . 9.Baby Come Close (Smokey Robinson, Pamela Moffett-Young, Marvin Tarplin) – 04:58

Musicians : Smokey Robinson – Vocals

Production : Produced By Smokey Robinson, Willie Hutch . Dave Blumberg, Gene Page, Willie Hutch . Art Stewart – Engineer . Bill Macmeekin – Engineer . Bruce Ellison – Engineer . Cal Harris – Engineer . Eirik Wangsberg – Engineer . Larry Miles – Engineer

Arrangements : Dave Blumberg, Gene Page, Willie Hutch

Package : Jim Britt – Photography

Recorded 1972 – 1 973.

Released On June 19, 1973 By Tamla.

(Source Smokey Robinson‘s ‘Smokey’ | Official Site)


It’s not a bold break into maturity on the level of What’s Going On or Music of My Mind but rather a transitional albumand a fascinating one at that, suggesting the path he would take going forward. […]

Rolling Stone
No one but Smokey can make a song based around astrological signs (The Family Song, about his own family) or yet another my-girl-and-my-best-friend song (Silent Partner in a Three-Way Love Affair) work so well. […]

Robert Christgau
This is a good bad record and you’ll just have to forgive Smokey in advance. It turns out that he didn’t split with the Miracles for domestic reasons–somewhere in his heart, he wanted to be Isaac Hayes–and yet somehow he’s beyond all his own bullshit […]

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