Being with You (album)

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Being With You
Smokey being with you.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 17, 1981
RecordedNovember 1980 - January 1981
StudioStudio Sound Recorders (North Hollywood, California); Motown Recording Studios (Los Angeles, California)
GenreR&B, soul
Length32:38
LabelMotown
ProducerGeorge Tobin in association with Mike Piccirillo
Smokey Robinson chronology
Warm Thoughts
(1980)
Being With You
(1981)
Yes It's You Lady
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Rolling Stone4/5 stars link

Being With You is a 1981 album by American singer Smokey Robinson. It is one of the few Smokey Robinson solo albums that have been released in the CD format. It features the million-selling, Gold-certified single title track "Being With You", which hit #1 on the Cash Box Top 100. It just missed the #1 Pop position in Billboard, peaking at #2, making it Robinson's highest-charting solo hit after leaving The Miracles. It was also #1 for five consecutive weeks on the R&B Chart and for two weeks on the UK Singles Chart.

Smokey's first wife, fellow Miracles member Claudette Robinson, contributed background vocals to this album. This album has been Certified Gold by the RIAA. [1]. It eventually sold over 900,000 copies in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Smokey Robinson; except where indicated

  1. "Being With You"4:06
  2. "Food For Thought"4:10
  3. "If You Wanna Make Love (Come 'Round Here)"3:31
  4. "Who's Sad" (Gary Goetzman, Mike Piccirillo)3:42
  5. "Can't Fight Love" (Gary Goetzman, Mike Piccirillo)5:57
  6. "You Are Forever"4:27
  7. "As You Do" (Peter Kingsbery)3:13
  8. "I Hear The Children Singing" (Forest Hairston)3:41

Personnel[edit]

  • Lead vocals – Smokey Robinson
  • Backing vocals – Claudette Robinson, Ivory Davis, Julia Waters Tillman, Maxine Waters Willard, Patricia Henley, Robert John, Smokey Robinson
  • Guitar – Mike Piccirillo (1-6, 8), Paul Jackson Jr. (7)
  • Bass – Scott Edwards (1-6, 8), Robert "Pops" Popwell (7)
  • Drums – Ed Greene (1-6, 8), James Gadson (7), Scotty Harris (7)
  • Percussion – Howard Lee Wolen (1-6, 8), Mark Wolfson (1-6, 8), Mike Piccirillo (2)
  • Steel drums – Mike Piccirillo (2)
  • Keyboards – Bill Cuomo (1-6, 8), Mike Piccirillo (additional- 2), Ronnie Rancifer (7), Reginald "Sonny" Burke (7)
  • Synthesizer – Mike Piccirillo (1-6, 8)
  • Organ – Mike Piccirillo (1-6, 8)
  • Saxophone – Joel Peskin
  • Trombone – David Strout
  • Trumpet – Harry Kim
  • Arrangements – George Tobin (1-6, 8), Reginald "Sonny" Burke (7)

Production[edit]

  • Producers – George Tobin (Tracks 1-6 & 8); Smokey Robinson and Michael Lizzio (Track 7).
  • Associate Producer – Mike Piccirillo for George Tobin Productions, Inc. (Tracks 1-6 & 8).
  • Production Coordination – Lisa Marie (Tracks 1-6 & 8)
  • Project Managers – Randy Dunlap and Barbara Ramsey (Track 7)
  • Engineers – Howard Lee Wolen and Mark Wolfson (Tracks 1-6 & 8); Michael Lizzio (Track 7).
  • Assistant Engineers – Richie Griffin (Tracks 1-6 & 8); Ginny Pallante (Track 7).
  • Mixing – George Tobin (Tracks 1-6 & 8); Michael Lizzio (Track 7).
  • Mastering by John Lemay at Capitol Mastering (Hollywood, CA).
  • Art Direction – Johnny Lee
  • Design – Ginny Livingston
  • Photography – Gary Heery
  • Management – Gary Goetzman