2007 two CD compilation from the '70s British Pop/Rock band fronted by Chris Norman. Smokie's sound was a combination of hook-laden songs supplied by top pop team Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman and distinctive but unashamedly Stateside - influenced Soft-Rock harmonies. Though their very first television performance was on the Rock-credible Old Grey Whistle Test, they found themselves virtual residents on Top of the Pops as the '70s ended. This collection tells their story superbly. 36 tracks including 'If You Think You Know How to Love Me', 'Living Next Door to Alice' and 'Oh Carol'. Also includes 'Stumblin' In', Chris Norman's hit duet with Suzi Quatro!
At Home Next Door is a double CD set: the first CD, At Home With the Blues, looks back over Al Basile's 14 year catalogue with Sweetspot and focuses on his blues songs; the second, Next Door to the Blues, is a brand new collection of songs that use the blues as a foundation but build into other forms, with a focus on a 60s Memphis soul and gospel sound. The common denominator through both discs is Duke Robillard as producer and guitarist, and Al Basile as singer, songwriter, and cornetist, but former Roomful of Blues bandmates abound, along with guests ranging from harmonica aces Jerry Portnoy and Sugar Ray Norcia to jazz great Scott Hamilton. Produced by Duke Robillard, administered by BUG.