1984 Smokey Robinson – Essar

Essar is a 1984 album by American singer Smokey Robinson. It was produced and arranged by Robinson with Reginald “Sonny” Burke. The album was released on the Motown sub-label Tamla. The album’s title is a pun on the initials of Robinson’s name.

Tracks

1  And I Don’t Love You (Smokey Robinson) 05:19
2  Train Of Thought (Smokey Robinson) 04:52
3  I Can’t Find (Smokey Robinson) 06:16
4  Why Are You Running From My Love (Scott V Smith; Stephen Tavani) 04:25
5  Gone Forever (Mark Davis) 03:09
6  Close Encounters Of The First Kind (Smokey Robinson) 04:33
7  Little Girl Little Girl (Smokey Robinson) 05:09
8  Girl I’m Standing There (Smokey Robinson) 04:27
9  Driving Thru Life In The Fast Lane (Milton Brown; Snuff Garrett; Steve Dorff) 03:32

Musicians

1 And I Don’t Love You

DrumsSonny Burke
GuitarCharles Fearing
KeyboardsSonny Burke
ProgrammingClark Spangler
VocalsSmokey Robinson


2 Train Of Thought

DrumsSonny Burke
GuitarCharles Fearing
GuitarDavid T Walker
KeyboardsSonny Burke
VocalsSmokey Robinson


3 I Can’t Find

DrumsSonny Burke
GuitarCharles Fearing
GuitarDavid T Walker
KeyboardsSonny Burke
CelloMichael Jacobson
VocalsSmokey Robinson


4 Why Are You Running From My Love

Drums (Linn)Lynn Coulter
Drums (Linn)Scott V Smith
GuitarJames Harrah
KeyboardsMichael Ruff
ProgrammingRhett Lawrence
Background VocalsHoward McCrary
Background VocalsHoward Smith
Background VocalsIvory Davis
VocalsSmokey Robinson


5 Gone Forever

BassLequeint Jobe
KeyboardsMark Davis
SynthesizerMark Davis
OboeWilliam Green
Background VocalsAllan Rich
Background VocalsCarmen Grillo
Background VocalsMindy Sterling
VocalsSmokey Robinson


6 Close Encounters Of The First Kind

DrumsSonny Burke
GuitarCharles Fearing
GuitarWah Wah Watson
KeyboardsSonny Burke
VocalsSmokey Robinson


7 Little Girl Little Girl

DrumsSonny Burke
GuitarDavid T Walker
KeyboardsSonny Burke
VocalsSmokey Robinson


8 Girl I’m Standing There

BassFreddie Washington
DrumsSonny Burke
GuitarDavid T Walker
KeyboardsSonny Burke
CelloMichael Jacobson
VocalsSmokey Robinson


9 Driving Thru Life In The Fast Lane

BassJoe Chemay
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDann Huff
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsJohn Hobbs
TromboneDick Hyde
TromboneDick Noel
TrumpetJerry Hey
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetWarren Luening
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters
VocalsSmokey Robinson

Other Musicians

Background VocalsIvory Davis
Background VocalsPatricia Henley Talbert

Liner Notes

Producer – Smokey Robinson (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8)
Producer – Sonny Burke (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8)
Producer – Scott V. Smith, Stephen Tavani (Track 4)
Producer – Mark Davis (Track 5)
Producer – Randy Dunlap, Steve Dorff (Track 9)
Arranged By – Sonny Burke
Arranged By (Horns) – Larry Herbstritt (Track 9)
Arranged By (Rhythm) – Steve Dorff (Track 9)
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone (Track 3)
Contractor – George Annis
Engineer – Christopher Banninger, Frank Wolf, Win Kutz (Track 4)
Engineer – Ed Barton, Gary Singleman, Marv Clamme (Track 9)
Engineer (Second) – Steve Ford, Todd Van Etten (Track 4)
Engineer (Rhythm) – Karen Siegel (Track 5)
Engineer (Rhythm) – Mitchel Delevie, Paul Ring (Track 8)
Engineer (Vocal) – Mitchel Delevie (Track 5)
Engineer (Assistant) – Michael Dotson (Track 5)
Engineer (Editing Assistant) – Philip Walters
Engineer (Editing Assistant) – Bob Robitaille (Track 1)
Engineer (Editing, Mixing) – Barney Perkins
Engineer (Mixing Assistant) – Sonny Burke, Smokey Robinson
Engineer (Recording) – Mitchel Delevie
Engineer (Second) – Fred Law, Jeff DeMorris
Mastered By – Bernie Grundman

Art Direction – Johnny Lee
Photography By – Aaron Rapoport

Recorded At Mama Jo’s, North Hollywood
Recorded At Golden Sound Studios, Hollywood
Phonographic Copyright ℗ – Motown Record Corporation
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