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Crucial Vinyl: Smokey by Smokey Robinson

The Don's Crucial Vinyl, an album that has shaped his musical taste, is Smokey Robinson's 1973 debut solo album Smokey.

Each week Don selects a piece of Crucial Vinyl (an album that has shaped his musical taste and helped make him who he is). He features three tracks from it and explains why it means so much to him.

This week he picks Smokey Robinson's debut solo album.

Don says,

'This one nearly slipped through my musical memory net!

Smokey Robinson's debut solo album, simply titled 'Smokey', was released in 1973, and was his first solo venture after leaving Motown soul supergroup The Miracles.

They were seriously tough act to follow, since they'd had a string of hits, and were one of the most influential outfits in pop and r 'n' b history.

This album saw Smokey Robinson take his place alongside label mates Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, not only as a master of emotive love songs, but also as someone who was tuned in to the social /political climate of the times - and all delivered by a man with a voice for whom the term 'dulcet tones' could have been conceived.'

Don's other selections cross time, space and genre and include Ed Rome, Sebastien Tellier, John Holt, Evy Jane and Hoagy Carmichael.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Animal Collective

    My Girls

  • The Association


  • Blood & Fire Megamix


  • Bodi vs. George The Poet

    My City

  • Hoagy Carmichael

    My Resistance Is Low

  • De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2

    Must B The Music

  • Evy Jane


    • Closer EP.
    • Ninja Tune.
    • 1.
  • The Fabulous Flames

    Holly Holy

  • Liam Finn

    Helena Bonham Carter

    • The Nihilist.
    • Yep Roc Records.
    • 4.
  • The Future Sound of London

    Papua New Guinea

  • John Holt

    It's A Jam In The Streets

  • Fela Kuti & Afrika 70

    Opposite People

  • The Little Ones

    Cha Cha Cha

  • Me One

    In My Room

  • Lost Midas

    Off The Course

  • Mutants Ft. Judy Nylon, Wilco Johnson & Wayne Kramer

    How Dare You

  • Robert Palmer

    Love Can Run Faster (Lee Perry Version)

  • Primal Scream

    Higher Than The Sun

  • Ride

    Rolling Thunder

    • Ride Music.
  • Smokey Robinson

    Just My Soul Responding

  • Ed Rome


  • Shabazz Palaces

    Dawn in Luxor

    • Lese Majesty.
    • Sub Pop.
    • 1.
  • Smokey Robinson

    Sweet Harmony

  • Smokey Robinson


  • Steve Arlington

    Way Out

  • The Sundays


  • S├ębastien Tellier

    Aller Vers Le Soleil

  • Tommy James & the Shondells

    Crystal Blue Persuasion

    • Roulette.
  • Tricky

    Silly Games Ft. Tirzah

  • Jr. Walker & The All Stars

    What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)

  • Young & Sick

    Heartache Fetish