Pure Smokey

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Pure Smokey
Pure smokey.jpg
Studio album by Smokey Robinson
Released March 15, 1974
Recorded September - December 1973
Genre Soul, funk
Length 39:29
Label Tamla
Producer Smokey Robinson
Smokey Robinson chronology
Pure Smokey
A Quiet Storm

Pure Smokey is Smokey Robinson's second post-Miracles album, released in 1974. This release contains the unique and emotionally compelling hit single "Virgin Man". Several songs were written by Robinson and co-written by fellow Miracle Marv Tarplin, who left the group a year after Robinson's departure to join him in California and assist him in his solo projects.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Creem C+[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are produced by Smokey Robinson except "A Tattoo".

All tracks arranged by Russ Turner, Gene Page, and Smokey Robinson, except where indicated.

  1. "It's Her Turn to Live" (Robinson, Tarplin)
  2. "The Love Between Me and My Kids"
  3. "Asleep on My Love" (Robinson, Tarplin)
  4. "I Am I Am" (Robinson)
  5. "Just Passing Through" (Tarplin, Janie Bradford, Cleveland)
  6. "Virgin Man" (Robinson, Jones)
  7. "She's Only a Baby Herself" (Robinson)
  8. "Fulfill Your Need" (Robinson, Tarplin, Moffett)
  9. "A Tattoo" (Robinson)

"I Am, I Am" arranged by Smokey Robinson and Gene Page

"A Tattoo" produced and arranged by Smokey Robinson and Willie Hutch



  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 1974). "The Christgau Consumer Guide". Creem. Retrieved February 10, 2017.