Smokey Robinson

Smokey/A Quiet Storm

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In the early days of the CD age, Motown released an astonishing number of CDs, including a whole line of single-disc sets that contained two original records on one CD. Motown's initial CD two-fers were criticized in many quarters for shoddy, unattractive packaging and indifferent remastering, but less discriminating consumers found them perfectly acceptable, since they offered a lot of music at a reasonable price. By the mid-'90s, Motown eventually phased these discs out of print, replacing them with remastered individual discs, but some of the records never were re-released on CD, which made this series valuable for Motown collectors. This particular disc contained two of Smokey Robinson's first solo albums: Smokey and A Quiet Storm. These albums helped establish the smooth, easy listening urban soul style known as quiet storm (it was named after this record). Although they were influential, they were a little uneven, containing a couple of great singles, a few solid album tracks and some filler. Despite the haphazard material, it's easy to hear the influence these records have and it's nice to have them on one disc.