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  • Audio CD (12 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: U.M.T.V.
  • ASIN: B000095IU9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,426 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Mama Talk To Your Daughter 2:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Why Get Up? 3:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Who's Fooling Who? 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Am I Wrong? 2:030.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. TV Dinners 3:24Album Only
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Listen  7. Stella 3:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dr.Zhivago's Train 3:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ain't That Just Like A Woman 1:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Hound Dog 2:020.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Crazy Cajun Cake Walk Band 3:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Need Your Love So Bad (Album Version) 2:14Album Only
Listen13. 29 Ways (To My Baby's Door) 2:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. It Hurts Me Too 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen16. Milk Cow's Calf Blues 2:190.79  Buy MP3 

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With Drive, Robert Palmer delivers up a full album of largely unreconstructed blues--and on "Stella" a dash of his beloved reggae--inspired by his work on the Robert Johnson tribute album Hellhound on My Trail and Faye Dunaway's adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Yellow Bird. And if the spectre of English white boys singing the blues has become one of rock's most indelible--and often tiresome--clichés, Palmer's chameleonic, woefully underrated vocal abilities illuminate this collection of blues--standards, oddballs and nouveau alike--the way DeNiro inhabited Travis Bickle. His "Hound Dog" is more Big Mama Thornton than Elvis Presley, the takes on ZZ Top's "TV Dinners" and Keb Mo's "Am I Wrong" are spare, swampy delta dirges, and "Crazy Cajun Cake Walk Band" and Little Willie John's "I Need Your Love So Bad" are rewarding, greasy-grooved workouts. This is a musical love affair as conducted by a man who seems to channel the blues rather than merely sing them--and one of the most surprisingly sound albums of Palmer's long career. --Jerry McCulley

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drive - and full of it 26 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
Old Bob puts more passion into these 16 tracks (15 covers) than most do in an entire career. It's his "Blues album" - but it aint some dewy-eyed homage, but a slightly-subversive typically Palmer take on things. And it's all the better for it. And full of humour too.
I've never heard RP sounding better - which is great, 'cause he's been so quiet the last few years I'd assumed he'd given up. God knows how many towels he got through cutting this, because it sounds like he sweated the equivalent of Lake Como. He fizzes and ferments, sears and scorns, labours and laments. It's great stuff. He's having fun - and his band are too.
Highlights for me are "Dr Zhivago's Train" (with its odd meter, and imagery), the standard "I Need Your Love So Bad" (and boy does he sound like he needs it bad), and a stinging cover of ZZ Top's "TV Dinners".
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drive -- OUTSTANDING !!! 12 Nov 2003
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Format:Audio CD
This is prime Robert Palmer. As a long time RP fan who has happily travelled along with him on his musical path, I am delighted to say he really hit his stride with this one.
It has been ages since I have actually felt the energy of a recording come straight through and wack me, but that is exactly what happens each and every time I listen to DRIVE.
Wish he was here to tell him so.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Palmer's best album to date ! 26 May 2003
By olivier
Format:Audio CD
Robert Palmer is making an impressive come-back with this fantastic collection of blues covers.
For those who know the man only for his "Addicted to love" video, you will be surprised.
Yes, Palmer can sing the blues. On this self-produced record, his voice sounds absolutely amazing (listen to the opening track "Mama talk to your daughter" or his poignant rendition of "I need your love so bad"). The musicians are excellent too.
This is a very convincing effort and, probably, Robert Palmer's best album to date.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best albums ever ! 19 May 2003
By olivier
Format:Audio CD
Robert Palmer is back with an incredible album full of blues. "Drive" could be his best work ever. His voice sounds amazing on classics like "I need your love so bad", "Mama talk to your daughter" or ZZ Top's "TV dinners". The musicians are excellent too (including Robert's son, James, on drums).
If you know the man only for hits like "Addicted to love", try this and you will be surprised.
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