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Robert Palmer Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 May 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island Masters
  • ASIN: B000001FFP
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Riptide (Album Version) 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hyperactive (Album Version) 5:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Addicted To Love (Album Version) 5:590.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Trick Bag (Album Version) 3:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Get It Through Your Heart (Album Version) 2:490.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (Album Version) 3:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Flesh Wound (Album Version) 3:450.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Discipline Of Love (Album Version) 6:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Riptide (Reprise) 2:050.79  Buy MP3 

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great One for The Collection 17 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
I first saw Robert Palmer in his home town of Portsmouth as part of the Jazz-Rock band Dada in 1971 when they and Yes were supporting Iron Butterfly. What stuck me even at that early stage was what a great voice Robert had and how well he was suited to that 12 piece band. After losing much of the band and a change of name to "Vinegar Joe", Robert Palmer and Elkie Brooks went their own ways in 1973 but the experience certainly shows through in this album.
Probably best know for his videos with the models in black performing as his backing band, Riptide brought out in 1985 shows Robert Palmer strength in depth in fusing rock, ballad and jazz. The earlier influences are there but they had certainly developed. We are treated to the great classic "Addicted to love" and the raunchy ""I Did Not Mean To Turn You Own", but it is the rocking "Flesh Wound" and the ballard "Get It Through Your Heart" that shows how versatile Robert can be. The opening title track has an interesting reprise at the end of the album and is in a style reminiscent of Bryan Ferry. "Hyperactive" and "Trick Bag" are good rocking numbers that show the influence of his adopted "New York" and for me the only disappoint is "Discipline of Love". Even after all these years Riptide stands up well and whereas many other albums from my 70's and 80' collection have long departed to car boot sales or the embarrassment of the trash can this one remains a strong favourite. I only wish Robert had more belief in his composing abilities as it is these numbers that stand out as the strongest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good product 25 July 2013
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I got what I ordered and enjoy playing the cd. I like robert palmers music keep up the good work.
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simply irresistible, addicted to love & seven other stonkers, the best overall album by robert palmer, a must, works on many levels!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Might as well face it, you're addicted to love 11 Aug 2003
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
One of the most memorable videos on MTV back in 86 featured Robert Palmer with powerful drums, a snarling guitar, and instruments played (mimicked, obviously) by some chic mannequin babes in black dresses, black hair, pale makeup, and rouged lips. That was "Addicted To Love", which became Palmer's first number one hit and helped sales of his ninth album, Riptide, which became his biggest success.
The dreamy slow dance, "island in the sun" aura title track, written by Gus Kahn in 1935, serves as a soft introduction and interlude to what later follows.
"Hyperactive", which became the third single, has a partial melody that sounds like Madonna's "Angel", beginning as it does with Tony Thompson's power drums, Chic co-founder and Power Station producer Bernard Edwards' bass, and Eddie Martinez's crunchy guitars. The woman mentioned in the song is an energetic powerhouse, surprising the narrator, who seems to have a pulse on the corporate world (stock in IBM) and global-minded (a date for lunch in Singapore).
Then comes "Addicted To Love" with vocal arrangements done by Chaka Khan, Thompson's pounding power drums, rhythm keyboards, and the snarling fiery guitar solo his Power Station colleague Andy Taylor, by then late of Duran Duran. The comparison of love to a drug is given in some pointedly clever lyrics: "A one-track mind; you can't be saved/Oblivion is all you crave/If there's some left for you/you don't mind if you do/Oh, you'd like to think you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah."
His cover of blues man Earl King's "Trick Bag" gets a light synth treatment while maintaining the semblance of the original blues motif.
The romantic slow-dance schmaltz of "Get It Through Your Heart" is similar in style to "Riptide." When I first got this, I impatiently waited for this song to hear so I could jam to the next one. Which was...
The funky "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" proved ex-Time members Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis did well as songwriters even before their association with Janet Jackson. I was too busy nodding to the funky Jam-Lewis arrangements and watching the chic models in the video and only half-wondered whether the guy was a dupe or a cad. Now though, I think that despite his thinking he read the girl right, he may not have done so. This fourth single made it to #2 on Billboard, and was later covered by Mariah Carey on her Glitter album.
"Flesh Wound" is the closest to metal as Palmer will get, with frantically sung lyrics and grating snarly guitar. Then comes the first single which flopped, "Discipline Of Love" which mixes funk with rock. It probably didn't because Thompson doesn't do drums on this number. The chorus is sung accompanying by the same grating guitar on the previous song.
And as it opened the album, a reprise of the title track bids the listener farewell.
Coming as it did after his lead vocals on the Duran Duran side project The Power Station, produced by Bernard Edwards, Riptide, also an Edwards production, was well-placed to give Palmer his chance in the limelight, especially with two Top Five hits. Heavy Nova would be a strong followup, but Riptide got him there.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted To This Album 3 Jun 2000
By Armando M. Mesa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the essential rock album by Palmer that became (and still is) a classic 80's smash due to it's combination of thumping bass, powerful electric guitar punching elements and semi-soulful vocals. Only Mr. Palmer could take a pop-r&b hit like Cherelle's I Didn't Mean To Turn You On and give it a good dose of guitars and drums without the song losing it's integrity which was put in by the original artist. I refuse to call this project an 80's pop-rock album (despite it's overplayed and overkilled song and video Addicted to Love).I don't consider it pop because there were no "cute" candy filler tunes. Each track was very strong and addictive.In fact, the tunes on this album bordered on being called funk-rock. If this album was a bit too hyper or strong for some, then his next follow up Heavy Nova would be the more "tamed" version of this...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of his career, and that's saying something. 22 Jan 2000
By Dr. Peter D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album ranks as one of my favorite albums from anyone... clearly an 80's classic, up there with Duran Duran's "Rio" album. Yes, this has "Addicted" and "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" which everyone knows, but there's also the smaller hit "Hyperactive" and "Discipline Of Love" both of which are among his best songs ever. The album goes into several different styles and moods, but it holds together remarkably well, and thanks to Bernard Edwards, Palmer never sounded better.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best Selling Riptide Solid But Not Spectacular 25 Nov 2003
By Thomas Leonard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Robert Palmer's 1985 lp Riptide was a trans atlantic smash, one of the biggest selling albums of the year in both the UK and US in 1986. Here, the singer goes for a straight forward rock sound, abondoning his more R&B tinged songs or world music musings of previous efforts. There are no African, Latin, or Carribean influenced numbers here and not a lot of the funk rock of Palmer's early career. What this album does offer is a lot of Palmer's trademarked dance savvy pop rock, heavy guitar, and slick production. "Addicted To Love", the lp's second single, became Palmer's signature hit during his career, a US#1 and UK Top 5 that became the standard bearer for Palmer's rock/dance savvy sound. The less successful first single "Discipline Of Love" also has a strong dance groove sound to it, but decidedly darker lyrics. Palmer does display some R&B funk on the groove oriented "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On", a US and UK Top 10 single that became another signature hit for the artist. With only 9 songs, it's mostly Palmer's rock stuff that is featured, although the singer does a credible job remaking the classic 30's Torch song "Riptide", and excells further on a similair sounding original composition "Get It Through Your Heart". These songs give an early hint to Palmer's love of pre rock era jazz and romantic standards which would dominate much of his work into the mid 90's. Bernard Edwards (Chic) helped produce the album, re joining with Palamer after their successful stint in The Power Station. Likewise, guitarist Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) also rejoins with RP after their Power Station run. This is a solid album, but not as representative of the singer's career as other records. If it's Palmer's rock sound that you enjoy, then this album should work for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i miss him 24 Nov 2011
By Tracie Crawford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
riptide is his best in my opinion. the product was great and at a great price. i can say nothing else. it has brought me back to when i originally had the cassette tape and wore it out.
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