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Secrets + Clues + Maybe It'S Live Collector's Edition, Double CD


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  • Audio CD (26 Aug 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Double CD
  • Label: Demon Music Group
  • ASIN: B00E40I3CY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
2. Too Good to Be True
3. Can We Still Be Friends?
4. In Walks Love Again
5. Mean Old World
6. Love Stop
7. Jealous
8. Under Suspicion
9. Woman You're Wonderful
10. What's It Take?
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Good Care of You
2. Johnny and Mary
3. What Do You Care
4. Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
5. What's It Take?
6. Best of Both Worlds
7. Every Kinda People
8. Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
9. Some Guys Have All the Luck
10. Style Kills
See all 13 tracks on this disc

Product Description

The third of four Edsel packages that encompass the nine albums that Robert Palmer recorded for the Island Records label. Leaving southern funk and string arrangements behind, “Secrets” (1979) saw Palmer develop a rockier direction with the hit singles “Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)” and “Jealous”. On “Clues” (1980), he embraced synthesizers for the hits “Looking For Clues” and “Johnny And Mary” (the music for Renault TV ads for many years), while collaborating with Gary Numan on two songs. “Maybe It’s Live” (1982) featured six live recordings, the hit single “Some Guys Have All The Luck”, and some outtakes, including another collaboration with Numan. This slipcased reissue features four bonus tracks, two previously unreleased, along with the lyrics, and annotation by BBC reviewer Chris Jones.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Andy on 13 Sep 2013
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I am returning these CDs as they are made from mp3 files. Confirmed by the hard frequency cut at 16KHz. I ran Tau Analyzer and each track on both CDs is reported as made from mp3.
I am not going to buy any Edsel product ever again. At least they could have copied from existing CDs. This is a scam and I can't really explain why they did this; my only possible explanation is sheer incompetence.
I have bought the other Robert Palmer sets as well so I will post reviews on them as soon as I check the discs.
UPDATE: Each and every track on the 8 CDs of these four sets is made from mp3 files. I hope Edsel goes out of business soon and I am saying this as a customer, I have no other vested interest.

WHY I THINK THESE MP3 SOURCED CDS DESERVE ONE STAR:
- Edsel doesn't state anywhere that the CDs are sourced from compressed files. Even if they had a particular reason to do so (which they didn't) they should have stated the fact in the notes. Their business practices are deceitful.
- Regardless of the fact that these CDs might be pleasurable to someone, removing all high frequency information has an impact on the audio quality that you will notice if you play them on a decent stereo system
- If you want to rip the CDs to mp3 files again to carry the music on a ipod/phone/etc you will have to run the mp3 compression a second time, which will result in very clearly noticeable audio degradation. This in itself is a reason why CDs should never be sourced from already compressed files.
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After stints with THE ALAN BOWN in the Sixties, DADA in 1970 and three albums with VINEGAR JOE (featuring Elkie Brooks) between 1972 and 1973 – ROBERT PALMER was finally ready to go Solo. I’ve already reviewed Volumes 1 with "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley" and "Pressure Drop" and Volume 2 with "Some People Can Do What They Want" and "Double Trouble". This 2CD reissue on Demon's Edsel label celebrates the next stage – his 5th, 6th and 7th albums.

UK released 26 August 2013 - Edsel EDSK 7039 (Barcode 740155703936) breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (71:38 minutes)
Tracks 1 to 11 are his 5th studio solo LP "Secrets" – UK released June 1979 on Island ILPS 9544
Track 12 is a BONUS TRACK - the 12" Mix of "Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor" – it was originally featured on the "Addictions" Best Of LP and CD in 1989 as a 'Remix'
Tracks 13 to 20 are his 6th studio solo LP "Clues" – UK released August 1980 on Island ILPS 9595

Disc 2 (48:14 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 3 are BONUS TRACKS – "Good Care Of You" (Non-Album B-side of the November 1980 “Looking For Clues” 12" Single on Island WIP12 6651), "Johnny And Mary (Alternate Take)" and "What Do You Care (Alternate Mix)"
Tracks 4 to 13 are his 7th solo LP – the live set "Maybe It's Live" – UK released April 1982 on Island ILPS 9665

Fans will also know that outside of the "Gold" anthology on Universal – Palmer’s Island catalogue has been languishing without remasters for decades. Although it doesn’t say who mastered these album at Universal – they’re licensed from the Music Giant and the sound quality is leagues ahead of the dull Eighties discs we’d had for years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 16 Sep 2013
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I have found this series of Robert Palmer re-releases excellent - this one comprises three classic albums at a bargain price. I've read Andy's review here saying that this series is remastered from mp3 files and that they don't acknowledge it anywhere on the discs. If it is true (and he seems pretty definite about it) it is a shabby trick to play on the buying public, but I have to say that I haven't really noticed any problem with the sound quality. It may trouble some audiophiles, but I don't think it will be a problem for ordinary fans like me. I've just been enjoying these discs since I got them.

Here are his 1979 Secrets, the brilliant Clues from 1980 and Maybe It's Live from 1982. Robert Palmer fans won't need me to say much about these albums - for me, Clues especially is a truly great album (I think Johnny and Mary is one of the greatest songs of the 80s) and they have all stood up very well in the decades since their release. Secrets and Clues fit onto one CD, and there is plenty of room for bonus material on CD2 along with Maybe It's Live. Personally, I'm not that fussed about bonus material in general and I just wanted CD versions of the albums (I was still at the vinyl and cassette stage then), but a lot of people feel differently and I know many will appreciate the out-of-the-way stuff here.

There's not much point in banging on further, I think. I've had no problem with the quality, and you get one great album and two very fine ones at a ridiculously low price. Recommended.
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Secrets includes "Bad Case Of Lovin' You". Clues includes "Johnny And Mary" with demo bonus tracks. Maybe It's Live was a concert recorded at Hammersmith Odeon with studio tracks that were outtakes from the Clues sessions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"…You’ll Know Me Better…" – Secrets/Clues/Maybe It’s Live by ROBERT PALMER (2013 Remasters) 24 Mar 2014
By Mark Barry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After stints with THE ALAN BOWN in the Sixties, DADA in 1970 and three albums with VINEGAR JOE (featuring Elkie Brooks) between 1972 and 1973 – ROBERT PALMER was finally ready to go Solo. I’ve already reviewed Volumes 1 with "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley" and "Pressure Drop" and Volume 2 with “Some Guys Can Do What They Want” and “Double Trouble”. This 2CD reissue on Demon's Edsel label celebrates the next stage – his 5th, 6th and 7th albums.

UK released 26 August 2013 - Edsel EDSK 7040 (Barcode 740155703936) breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (71:38 minutes)
Tracks 1 to 11 are his 5th studio solo LP “Secrets” – UK released June 1979 on Island ILPS 9544
Track 12 is a BONUS TRACK - “Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor) 12” Mix” – it was originally featured on the “Addictions” Best Of LP/CD in 1989 as a ‘Remix’
Tracks 13 to 20 are his 6th studio solo LP “Clues – UK released August 1980 on Island ILPS 9595

Disc 2 (48:14 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 3 are BONUS TRACKS – “Good Care Of You” (Non-Album B-side of the 7” single “Looking For Clues”), Johnny And Mary (Alternate Take)” and “What Do You Care (Alternate Mix)”
Tracks 4 to 13 are his 7th solo LP – the live set “Maybe It’s Live” – UK released April 1982 on Island ILPS 9665

Fans will also know that outside of the “Gold” anthology on Universal – Palmer’s Island catalogue has been languishing without remasters for decades. Although it doesn’t say who remastered these album at Universal – they’re licensed from the Music Giant and the sound quality is way over the dull Eighties discs we’d had for years. One reviewer is ranting on about MP3 files but I don't hear anything of the sort - and if these are sourced from Universal's remasters for "Gold" then they are vast improvements on what we had before.

The outer card wrap is generic to all these Edsel reissues and certainly gives the whole thing a classy feel. The chunky 32-page booklet is substantial – pictures of the albums, recording studio shots, colour publicity stuff, lyrics to both albums, live photos in colour and black and white, affectionate and knowledgeable liner notes by CHRIS JONES – (same as all the others) it’s a bang-up job done.

I loved “Secrets” – its chockers with great tunes done in his Soulful Funky Rock style. “What’s It Take” (lyrics above) has graced many a Seventies Fest CD-R of mine while Jo Allen’s brilliantly catchy Motels rock of “Jealous” is the same. Speaking of Rock – his cover of Moon Martin’s “Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor)” is a bona fide smash. But again it’s his interpretations of Todd Rundgren’s gorgeous “Can We Still Be Friends?” and Andy Fraser’s (of Free) equally melodic “Mean Old World” which manages to be upbeat and hopeful when talking about tough domestic stuff.

“Clues” took a quantum leap into electronics and succeeded. I can remember being in a London nightclub when the DJ let rip “Looking For Clues” – the floor went mad – bopping themselves into a lather. And his “Johnny And Mary” is truly one of ‘the’ great Eighties singles – up there with Kate Bush, Talk Talk and Prefab Sprout. Gary Numan fans will know there are two collusions on here – “I Dream Of Wires” and the cool finisher “Found You Know”.

The live set “Maybe It’s Live” always left me cold and re-hearing it now doesn’t change that. The band maybe tight but the vocals are awful – way back in the mix and the whole feels like contractual crap that everyone can do without.

The 3 bonus tracks are interesting – especially the ‘Alternate’ of “Johnny And Mary” where more layers of synths are audible as is his still-working-out-the-lyrics mumbling. The B-side “Good Care Of You” is a great fan addition and goes some way to rescuing Disc 2 from the dreadful live set.

I’ve always thought Robert Palmer was a class act – not just as singer – but also as a vessel for other people’s songs – and the two studio sets on these 2 CDs provide wads of both. But the overall show has to docked a star for that unnecessary turkey on Disc 2…

Having said that - there’s a lot of primo Robert Palmer on here for the money and I for one am glad to be rehearing it in such style…
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Maybe It's….Memorex! 23 Oct 2014
By BODOS - Published on Amazon.com
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"Secrets" & "Maybe It's Live" sounds like a digital recording of a worn cassette tape. "Clues" sounds a little better, but overall a big disappointment. Perhaps the original masters have been poorly neglected and handled over the years. Maybe we'll never hear the way it used to sound. See if you can find the original Island releases.
Robert is GREAT 6 Sep 2014
By Andrew Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Robert is incredible - great performance - Thank you for the prompt service!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
EXCELLENT COLLECTION! 21 Nov 2013
By Drew Hensley - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent series of double CDs encompassing all Robert's major albums from Sneakin Sally to Honey. Wouldn't it be cool if they continued this series with his later albums - R&B, Living In Fear & Drive?
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