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Don't Explain

Robert Palmer Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Nov 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0000242RE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,938 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Your Mother Should Have Told You
2. Light-Years
3. You Can't Get Enough of a Good Thing
4. Dreams to Remember
5. You're Amazing
6. Mess Around
7. Happiness
8. History
9. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
10. Housework
11. Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You
12. Don't Explain
13. Aeroplane
14. People Will Say We're in Love
15. Not A Word
16. Top 40
17. You're So Desirable
18. You're My Thrill

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs in many styles 17 Dec 2002
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
There are hard rock scorchers like "You're Amazing," "Light Years" and You Can't Get Enough" as well as the lovely rock ballad "Dreams To Remember" while the rest charms in a lighter vein with the funky Prince-like "Mess Around," the clever "History" with its chugging chorus and the UB40-backed "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight." The glittering prize however, is the stunning "Housework," an infectious calypso shaker that makes you wanna jump for joy. Cover version include Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me" leading into "I Want You", Billie Holiday's smoky "Don't Explain" with mellifluous phrasing by Mr Smooth, and the jazzy "Top 40," and this impressive album bows out with two archaic ballads.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, many styles 15 April 2006
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Don't Explain encompasses an impressive variety of styles, all pulled off with aplomb by the great blue-eyed soul artist. There are hard rock numbers like You're Amazing, Light Years and You Can't Get Enough plus a lovely, melodious rock ballad: Dreams To Remember.

The rest of the songs charm the listener in a lighter vein, like the funky Prince-like Mess Around, the clever and catchy History with its chugging chorus and the lilting UB40-backed I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. The glittering prize however, is the stunning Housework, an infectious calypso shaker that makes you want to dance for joy; very rhythmic and uplifting ditty.

The cover versions include Marvin Gaye's Mercy Mercy Me leading into I Want You, Billie Holiday's smoky Don't Explain with mellifluous phrasing by Mr Smooth, and Top 40, a jazzy excursion. This impressive album bows out with two archaic ballads from a bygone era. Don't Explain showcases the versatility and the talent of this unique British singer who is no longer with us.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated Set Has Gems For Palmer Fans 22 Nov 2003
By Thomas Leonard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
1990's Don't Explain lp finds Robert Palmer in an ambitious mood, attempting to highlight both his love of world music and jazz standards on an album featuring trademark hard rock. Essentially, this 18 song collection comes across like three separate mini albums, lacking a sense of cohesiveness when played as a whole, a jarring juxtoposition of divergent musical styles instead of one record. However, there are plenty of gems among the 18 tracks featured. Palmer showcases his love for African influenced melodies with the uptempo "Housework", complete with clever humorous lyrics, and does a credible reggae version of Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Babt Tonight" with help from UB40 believe it or not. Actually, that song was a major hit single in the UK!! The first third of the album is dominated by the rock material, especially on the fast paced guitar driven metal songs "You're Mother Should Have Told You" and "Can't Get Enough Of A Good Thing". The highlight is a rock power ballad version of Otis Redding's "Dreams To Remember" where Palmer has to flex some vocal muscle and invoke some soul not present in the faster paced rock songs. "You're Amazing" is a pleasant rocker (and a Top 40 US Hit Single), milder than the previous mentioned songs and similair to the singer's 1988 hit "Simply Irresistible", although not as good.
The last third of this set sees the singer in full romance mode, alternating between inspired original compositions such as "Aeroplane" and "Not A Word" and Palmer's own take of classic bits such as "You're So Desirable". The first two feature excellent string arrangements and show Palmer capable of conveying emotion vocally without being over the top while the latter plays to his vocal strengths with a more happy lyric and upbeat tempo. The title track is a Bille Holiday standard where Palmer's subtle, understated vocals strongly convey the emotions of longing and pain expressed in the lyrics. In between it all is a unique medley of 2 Marvin Gaye hits, "Mercy Mercy Me" and "I Want You", where the singer literally creates a whole new song, using the pain and anguish over a world going bad from Gaye's powerful environmental ode as the bridge into a lyrical pleading for a chance at romance from Gaye's second number. Sticking with an arrangement culled largely from the first song, the lyrics provide near perfect segue and Palmer raises the bar with some of his most powerful vocalizing in the song's second half. It's little wonder this song was a major hit single in both the US and UK, arguably the best known song in this collection. Overall, there are a good 12-14 songs in this set that would make a really good Robert Palmer record, the problem here isn't that there isn't enough, it's that there is a bit too much. Still a good buy, with a lot of interesting material alongside some enjoyable guitar driven rock songs. In fact, Palmer recruits Steve Stevens from Billy Idol's band to assist on some of the more edgy material, an excellent choice. Robert Palmer fans will definately enjoy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To hear good music these days you have to go back in time 22 July 2005
By Micheal Hunt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've always loved the three major hit's of Robert Palmer. When I found this CD for 3 measly bucks, second hand I thought, "what the hell, i got nothing to lose"

I havent heard a good ALBUM (not song, a WHOLE album) that i've enjoyed from start to finish without feeling a happy trigger finger heading towards the skip button. In this case, i'm addicted to the album. I havent skipped a track yet... it's so good!

Kicking off with great hard rock, 80's metal, groove's, rockin' tunes you can either dance to or head bang to! then the other half of the album is love songs, cabret and a Frank Sinatra kind of feel. Rock and Romance... defnitly an odd combination, but if anyone could pull it off it's Robbie Palmer.

Robert Palmer is truely one of the all time great rock n roll performers and I think i will be missing him more with each album I hear of his from now on. A true rock n roll legend he was, is and always will be.

R.I.P, Mr Palmer. Forever we will remember you through the great music you left us with.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IMPRESSIVE & VARIED 29 Jun 2000
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are hard rock scorchers like "You're Amazing," "Light Years" and You Can't Get Enough" as well as the lovely rock ballad "Dreams To Remember" while the rest charms in a lighter vein with the funky Prince-like "Mess Around," the clever "History" with its chugging chorus and the UB40-backed "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight." The glittering prize however, is the stunning "Housework," an infectious calypso shaker that makes you wanna jump for joy. Cover version include Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me" leading into "I Want You", Billie Holiday's smoky "Don't Explain" with mellifluous phrasing by Mr Smooth, and the jazzy "Top 40," and this impressive album bows out with two archaic ballads.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, many styles 15 April 2006
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Don't Explain encompasses an impressive variety of styles, all pulled off with aplomb by the great blue-eyed soul artist. There are hard rock numbers like You're Amazing, Light Years and You Can't Get Enough plus a lovely, melodious rock ballad: Dreams To Remember.

The rest of the songs charm the listener in a lighter vein, like the funky Prince-like Mess Around, the clever and catchy History with its chugging chorus and the lilting UB40-backed I'll Be Your Baby Tonight. The glittering prize however, is the stunning Housework, an infectious calypso shaker that makes you want to dance for joy; very rhythmic and uplifting ditty.

The cover versions include Marvin Gaye's Mercy Mercy Me leading into I Want You, Billie Holiday's smoky Don't Explain with mellifluous phrasing by Mr Smooth, and Top 40, a jazzy excursion. This impressive album bows out with two archaic ballads from a bygone era. Don't Explain showcases the versatility and the talent of this unique British singer who is no longer with us.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Question 24 April 2000
By William Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite Palmer cd's. I needed to come to it's defense, some peoples mixed bags are other peoples diversity's. I can understand why someone would be dissappointed with this but you will warm up to it. I love the Steve Stevens guitar work and the ending songs are simply great. If you are into artists who can touch all bases and are willing to open your mind you will love this cd.
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