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Smokey Robinson – Touch The Sky (1983/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Smokey Robinson – Touch The Sky (1983/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time – 52:05 minutes | 2,03 GB | Genre: R&B
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Motown

Smokey Robinson took back the production reins from George Tobin and reinstated his producing/arranging partnership with Sonny Burke for Touch The Sky. The two took a more rhythmic approach, with Burke contributing drums and synthesizers. R&B listeners responded, notably on the title track (#68 R&B) and “I’ve Made Love To You A Thousand Times” (#8 R&B), but Robinson was shut out of the Hot 100, and as a result Touch The Sky continued his slide in LP sales, peaking at only #50 on the Pop chart, although it hit #8 R&B.

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Smokey Robinson – Yes Its You Lady (1982/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

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 – A Quiet Storm (1975/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

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: Q0buz | 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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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – One Dozen Roses (1971/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

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: Q0buz | 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 – Where There’s Smoke… (1979/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

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: Q0buz | 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) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

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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