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Ultimate Collection
Smokey Robinson
Ultimate Collection
Genres: Pop, R&B
 
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After more than a decade with the Miracles, Smokey Robinson set off on a solo career, chronicled here. Often focusing on seduction rather than the heartache that was his bread and butter with the group, Smokey proved so ef...  more »

      
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All Artists: Smokey Robinson
Title: Ultimate Collection
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Motown
Original Release Date: 3/25/1997
Release Date: 3/25/1997
Genres: Pop, R&B
Styles: Classic R&B, Motown, Soul, Quiet Storm
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 731453077522, 0731453077522

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After more than a decade with the Miracles, Smokey Robinson set off on a solo career, chronicled here. Often focusing on seduction rather than the heartache that was his bread and butter with the group, Smokey proved so effective that he managed to have a subgenre named after one of his albums--A Quiet Storm, here represented by a triptych including the title cut, "Baby That's Backatcha," and "The Agony and the Ecstasy." Sweet, occasionally sly, and beautifully sung, this music doesn't have quite the unforgettable quality of the Miracles' best, but every moment of it is pure Smokey. --Rickey Wright

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Definitely a must for Smokey fans!
Dera R Williams | Oakland, CA United States | 09/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a fan of Smokey's since he was with the Miracles. This collection is a must-have for those who claim to be a die-hard fan. There are some of his old standards, "Cruisin", "Being With You", "Tell Me Tomorrow", "Just to See Her", and the duet with Rick James, "Ebony Eyes". Also added are new , "Quiet Storm", "The Agony and Ecstasy", and "Daylight and Darkness". They are all superb. Every cut is nice, all seventeen of them. I have played this over and over; I know I will need to get another one. Smokey, you just mellow with age. You are still the one!"
Ultimate is right
Randall Ivey | USA | 07/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Listening to Smokey is like slipping into a warm bath - there's comfort and pleasure to be found in this collection. Some things, like "Open" and "The Agony and the Ecstasy", I did not know previously but was glad to discover. Then there were old gems like "Cruisin'", which is simply gorgeous and silky and defies you not to sing after listening to it, and the sheer sweetness of "Being With You".The Ultimate Collection is a must have for fans of pure pop."
Great but surpassed by "The Solo Anthology"
Jeff Pearlman | Lakeland, FL USA | 10/20/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is the best-possible one-disc collection of Smokey Robinson's solo material. However, if you can spare a few dollars more the better bet is the just-released (September 2001) "Solo Anthology," which has all these hits and more on two discs. This man's unparalleled singing and songwriting talent are well worth the splurge. Still, this collects Smokey's biggest R&B and pop singles from 1973 to 1990. Since only 4 of these crossed over to the Pop Top Ten (Cruisin', Being With You, Just To See Her, and One Heartbeat), there's a lot most buyers won't be familiar with even without going for "Anthology." My point is there's more where this came from, don't stop here."