Smokey & Friends

Smokey & Friends

by Smokey Robinson

CD(Dutch Import)

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Smokey & Friends seems like it's as much an American Idol judges and mentors project -- or a sequel to Randy Jackson's Music Club -- than a celebration of Smokey Robinson's career. Produced by Jackson, Smokey duets with his guests on fresh versions of popular compositions he wrote during the early '60s through the early '80s, popularized by Smokey himself -- with and without the Miracles -- or other artists, namely the Temptations and Marvin Gaye. The array of vocal matchups alternates between suitable and, yeah, peculiar. Smokey gets the best results with the veteran R&B women, Ledisi ("Ooh Baby Baby") and Mary J. Blige ("Being with You"), while pairings with the likes of Elton John ("The Tracks of My Tears") and James Taylor ("Ain't That Peculiar") are livelier than expected. The noteworthy guests aren't limited to singers. Among the backing musicians are Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, John Mayer, Cornelius Mims, Jim Keltner, and Jackson himself. The instrumental support is mostly middle-of-the-road adult contemporary R&B without any conscious attempt to sound retro.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2014
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602537501496
catalogNumber: 1901602
Rank: 37493

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Smokey Robinson   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
James Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Larry Goldings   Organ,Wurlitzer
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Randy Bowland   Guitar
Jim Cox   Piano,Synthesizer Strings,Hammond B3
Loris Holland   Keyboards
Doc Powell   Guitar
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Wayne Linsey   Keyboards
Cornelius Mims   Bass
Mischke   Background Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Roger Squitero   Tambourine
Steven Tyler   Background Vocals
Phil X.   Guitar
Jeff Babko   Keyboards,Synthesizer Flute,Synthesizer Strings
Sharlotte Gibson   Background Vocals
Randy Jackson   Bass
Chris Walden   Synthesizer Strings
John Mayer   Guitar,Soloist
Nicole Scherzinger   Background Vocals
Songa Lee   Violin
Raul Ferrando   Synthesizer Strings
John Legend   Piano
Terron Brooks   Background Vocals
Beate Walden   Violin
Jimmy Johnson   Bass
Sherree Brown   Background Vocals
Ray Angry   Keyboards
Ahmir Thompson   Drums
Sarah West   Background Vocals
Theron Feemster   Drums,Keyboards,Synthesizer Horn
James Gamble   Drums
Jim Wright   Keyboards
John Shaks   Guitar,Soloist
Mark Kelly   Bass

Technical Credits

Smokey Robinson   Composer,Executive Producer
Marti Frederiksen   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Drew Bollman   Vocal Engineer
Marvin Tarplin   Composer
Jeff Babko   String Arrangements
Randy Jackson   Producer
Matt Still   Vocal Engineer
Ronald White   Composer
Chris Walden   String Arrangements
Robert Rogers   Composer
Henry Crosby   Composer
Ryan Carline   Vocal Engineer
Keith Gretlein   Engineer
T.J. River   Art Direction
Chad Frascoviak   Guitar Engineer
Rose Ella Jones   Composer
David O'Donnell   Producer,Vocal Engineer,Guitar Engineer
Jeremy Stevenson   Vocal Engineer
Misha Kachkachishvili   Vocal Engineer
Eric Podwall   Executive Producer
Theron Feemster   Programming
Sasan Sotoodehfar   Programming

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