Smokey Retrospective Boasts New Songs

Soul legend Smokey Robinson has recorded the new songs "My World" and "Fallin'" for the retrospective "My World: The Definitive Collection."

Soul legend Smokey Robinson has recorded the new songs "My World" and "Fallin'" for the retrospective "My World: The Definitive Collection." Due May 3 via Motown, the project will be released as a 21-track CD as well as a separate DVD loaded with music videos and live performances.

Beyond such Smokey and the Miracles classics as "The Tears of a Clown," "The Tracks of My Tears," "Ooo Baby Baby," "I Second That Emotion" and "Shop Around," the album includes solo hits such as "Cruisin'," "Being With You," "Just To See Her" and "One Heartbeat," all of which reached the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

The DVD rounds up a number of vintage clips of the Miracles performing on "The Ed Sullivan Show," "Hollywood a Go-Go" and "Teen Town," live Robinson performances of "Baby That Backatcha," "The Tracks of My Tears" and "Being With You," plus videos for "Just To See Her," "One Heartbeat," "Everything You Touch" and "Ebony Eyes," which features late funk legend Rick James.

As previously reported, updates of "Quiet Storm" and "The Tears of a Clown" are both featured on the upcoming album "Motown Remixed," which the label will release on May 24.

In the spring of 2004, Robinson unveiled his first gospel album, "Food for the Spirit," which he released on his own Robso label. At the time, the artist told Billboard he was working on a new studio album and a DVD project for which he would sing standards, as well as another gospel collection.

Robinson has scattered tour dates on tap through late August, beginning April 15 in Torrington, Conn.