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My World: The Definitive Collection

Released - May 3, 2005, on Motown Records. Produced by Smokey Robinson and others.

William "Smokey" Robinson - Vocals & Lyrics

on some songs with:

The Miracles:
Warren "Pete" Moore - Backing Vocals
Emerson "Sonny" Rogers - Backing Vocals
Bobby Rogers - Backing Vocals
Ronnie White - Backing Vocals
Claudette Rogers-Robinson - Backing Vocals

There are also many other session musicians and backup singers who appear on these many songs who are not credited on the album



My World (Robinson/Blooom) 2005     7.7
Fallin' (Robinson/Blooom) 2005     7.2
Cruisin' (Robinson/Torpin) 1979     8.0
Just to See Her Again (George/Pardini) 1987     7.0
Tears of a Clown* (Robinson/Wonder/Cosby) 1970   10.0
You've Really Got a Hold On Me* (Robinson) 1962   10.0
Going to a Go-Go* (Robinson/Torpin/Moore) 1965     8.7
Mickey's Monkey* (Holland/Dozler/Holland) 1963     8.2
Shop Around* (Robinson/Gordy) 1965   10.0
Tracks of My Tears*(Robinson/Torpin/Moore) 1965     8.7
Being With You  (Robinson) 1981     8.8
Baby That's Backatcha  (Robinson) 1975     8.1
I Second That Emotion* (Robinson/Cleaveland) 1967   10.0
More Love*  (Robinson) 1967     6.2
Yester Love* (Robinson/Cleaveland) 1968     6.4
Ooo Baby Baby* (Robinson/Moore) 1965     8.2
Baby Come Close  (Robinson/Torpin) 1973     7.0
I've Made Love to You a Thousand Times  (Robinson/Torpin) 1982     7.1
Quiet Storm  (Robinson/Jones) 1975     6.4
Let Me Be the Clock  (Robinson) 1980     7.0
One Heartbeat (LeGassic/Ray) 1987     6.9
Ave. -     8.1

* with the Miracles


This album is not so much a greatest hits album, but a true compilation of Smokey Robinson's songs throughout his entire career, both with the Miracles and his solo stuff. In fact, there are two brand new songs released on this CD, the opening title cut "My World", with it's great solid grove, and then the album's following song, "Fallin'", both top notched tunes and you can clearly hear that Smokey still has that great voice, he hasn't lose anything in his strong and wonderful vocals after all of these years!

There are 19 more enjoyable songs on this double album, although some of his earliest songs and hits are not to be found on here. The oldest song does date back to 1962 - "You Really Got A Hold On Me" and is one of the best of the bunch, a song the Beatles would cover the following year.

The one song that just about all music fans know, and is also the Miracles most famous song, "Tears Of A Clown", is on here too, Robinson co-wrote this gem with Stevie Wonder. Other great songs include my all-time favorite Miracles tune, "I Second That Emotion", the big hit "Shop Around", and "Going To A Go-Go", which also was a hit for the group.

Smokey wrote 18 of the 21 songs found on this album, he really is one of the top R & B writers ever. But it always was that special voice of his that makes you listen just a bit closer to his songs, and why the Miracles were a such a huge hit in their day. If you love the sound of Smokey's voice, then your gonna dig this album a lot!

- Keno 2005

To listen to some soundclips from My World or to purchase it click on: My World: The Definitive Collection

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