Friday, September 11, 2009

Number 371 - Smokey Robinson


Number 371

Smokey Robinson

"Cruisin'"

(1979)
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................Genre: R&B...............
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Picture on the right [was/is/will it ever be?] my childhood dream. Ever since i can remember this is all i ever wanted to do before i got old ..... to cruise down '66 in a car from coast to coast.
So, [kaff] i got old. I never did get to do it. And to be honest .... i do not know any more if i want to. Quite a few people have written to me asking if i am still alive, I have answered back yes ... but I'm not so sure i am. My life is changing in so many ways [Yes, I know Neil Young sang that in the song "A Man Needs a Maid'] but in all seriousness it has changed for things that matter for the worse and the scary part is i don't know who i am anymore. I never really ever belonged anywhere from day 1 in life and to lose what i called my ever first home ... well, you could say its full circle. I will be away for a little while and i hope to be back to finish this project called "Definitive" ~ crowbarred
Baby lets leave.....
This album was a considerable return to form, Smokey Robinson's most commercially successful solo LP up to this point (and highest-charting record in 11 years), entirely due to the single "Cruisin'" (number four pop and R&B), his biggest pop hit since "The Tears of a Clown." Motown doesn't seem to have recognized that track's potency, leading off with the flop "Get Ready" (a disco treatment of the old Temptations hit) before turning to "Cruisin'" as a second single several months after the LP's release. Where There's Smoke... then took off and peaked at number 17, more than six months after first appearing. Although the LP is divided into "Smoke" and "Fire" sides, both sides start out with rhythmic songs and gradually slow down to near-ballad speed, with the sensuous "Cruisin'" the final "Fire" track. In retrospect, the album may be uneven and a touch too disco-ish in places, but in 1979-1980, Where's There's Smoke... brought Smokey Robinson back into the limelight. ~ [William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide]
For more Smokey see #565
For Neil Young see #391, #417, #479, #677, #938
For The Temptations see #601, #819
What does Trolling Bone think of Smokey?
Soon after his debut with the Miracles, Smokey Robinson became known as one of the premier songwriter/singers in pop music. Bob Dylan called him "America's greatest living poet," and in 1987 ABC's Martin Fry sang that "Everything's good in the world tonight/When Smokey sings," and few would disagree with either. As a writer of love songs, Smokey Robinson is peerless: From the straightforward, timeless "My Girl" to the elaborately constructed, metaphor-driven "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game," "Let Me Be the Time (on the Clock of Your Heart)," and "The Way You Do the Things You Do," he explored every aspect of romantic love. Whether making an elegant declaration of passion ("More Love"), pleading forgiveness ("Ooh Baby Baby"), or musing at love's paradoxical nature ("Ain't That Peculiar," "Choosey Beggar"), Robinson's best songs showed a rare mastery of the pop form. His delicate yet emotionally powerful falsetto is among the most romantic in pop. ~ [Source: Rolling Stone]
For Bob Dylan see Number 491, #841, #929
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '371st Song of all Time' was "I Can't Explain" by The Who. The Who has appeared in The Definitive 1000 of All Time @ #429 & #556
Other songs with reference to the Smokey Robinson ~ #489, #495, #563, #595, #611, #824, #971
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (We only like his old stuff) and the Album ranked at (Just one & it ain't this shit)
This song has a Definitive rating of 80.1 out of 108
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

yikes--sorry to hear that you're having a tough time. I really enjoy this site, and wish you the best with whatever you're going through!

11:51 am  
Blogger crowbarred said...

It can't rain forever :)

11:58 am  

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