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Sneakin' Sally Throught The Alley [Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Robert Palmer Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: L.M.L.R.
  • ASIN: B00BQBD0SQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded between New Orleans, Louisiana, New York and Nassau, Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley is Robert Palmer's debut solo album. Palmer shines on this album, accompanied by members of Little Feat and the Meters and the great Allen Toussaint. Deluxe Vinyl Replicas by Culture Factory constitute high quality reissued compact-discs which reproduce all the components of the original LPs and are their exact replicas in compact-disc size (5.3 x 5.3 inches), with authentic single or gatefold cardboard jackets and paper sleeves. In addition to the above, each compact-disc Deluxe Vinyl Replica includes a black finish CD complete with the original label to give it the look and feel of the original record album. Culture Factory strives to achieve an authentic sound with the highest possible fidelity to the original studio masters. Our remastering process brings out the music's true dynamics and original clarity with low levels of noise. In the remastering studio the audio tracks are handled in the form of high-definition, 96Kz / 24-bit digital files for greatest preservation of fidelity. Signal compression is sometimes used to bring out frequencies that were absent or barely heard in the original recordings, and we use the least amount of compression possible. While sound perception varies greatly among individuals our vinyl replica CDs are designed to provide the optimal listening experience when using flat EQ settings. Brand new, original, factory-shrinkwrapped, limited edition CD release.

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5.0 out of 5 stars From a whisper to a scream 1 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Roberts Palmer's first solo album still sounds as good today as it did on its 1974 release. In superb voice and backed by a stellar line of musicians including Little Feat this album gets better and better the more you listen . This remastered version also includes 2 alternate takes: Get Outside and blackmail , a single version of the the title track and a rare b side: Epidemic, whilst its good to have these tracks as additional background the 8 tracks of the original album are more than enough to warrant the purchase. I believe Robert Palmer never courted success; simply chose different styles of music some of which caught the public's imagination some didn't, but this is the music where I believe his voice really excelled the r'n'b and soul influences in this album show someone who is far too underrated as a singer.
The opening trio of songs are stunning starting with a great version of Little Feat's Sailin' Shoes through Palmer's own Hey Julia to the Toussaint penned Sneakin' Sally. Side One ends with the excellent Blackmail great upbeat track to set us up for Side two with only 3 tracks again shows off Palmer's great range with an excellent version of another Allen Toussaint song From a Whisper to a Scream and 2 more self penned tracks.
For me this is a lot more consistent than some of his later but more successful albums and perhaps interesting to ponder if he would have taken the same musical route if this had been more successful on its release.
The remaster seems OK and certainly is livelier than the original Island release, though why Island couldn't have done a proper remaster seems confusing. Almost 40 years old but better than ever to my ears
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5.0 out of 5 stars Successful remastered sound for solid 1974 album 2 Jun 2013
By G. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who only knew the music of Robert Palmer from his bored-looking supermodels video of "Addicted To Love" (which I did enjoy, almost as a guilty pleasure) or from his songs from Power Station (none of which I particularly cared for), it may be difficult to conceive of him recording an album sounding like a cross between Little Feat and the Neville Brothers/Meters . . . but that is precisely what this -- his first major label release -- sounds like. Lowell George and Allen Toussaint songs are covered, George co-wrote some of the other songs with Palmer, and George, and some of the Neville Brothers/Meters comprise the backing band. But Palmer's own musicianship should not be completely slighted in favor of his singing, as he played drums, bass, guitar and keyboards on this freshman effort. I would give the album's music about 4 to 4 and 1/2 stars as, after the superb initial three tracks (Sailin' Shoes, Julia and Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley), the album tends to sag a bit in the middle before picking up again at the end. I gave this release 5 stars because: (a) it was and remains a highly enjoyable album with loads of indelibly catchy New Orleans funk-grooves topped by catchy choruses and great singing by Palmer; b) the remastering is excellent; and (c) quite unusually from my experience, 2 of the alternate bonus tracks are actually worth more than one listen as well as are revealing of Palmer's musical choices.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HIs best release and sounding superb. 12 Jan 2014
By Dennis Hawley - Published on Amazon.com
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This will be brief, and is focused on the sound quality of this newly remastered 'paper sleeve' edition rather than the songs. As another reviewer correctly noted, this is much different than Palmer's subsequent releases, with an R & B feel to the music, and (to me, anyway) stands the test of time better than other releases (and sure, 'Addicted to Love' is still a catchy tune, but...).

Unlike another reviewer who gave this (and the other paper sleeve releases by Palmer) one star, complaining that it would not play on his laptop (suggesting that audio quality is not too important), then goes on to denigrate this release's sound quality based upon applying various spectograms and software analysis, I approached it a different way. What I took from this was this version did not 'look' like it sounded as good as earlier releases. My assessment is based upon old-school methodology: does it sound better or not?

I played the original Island release (which does sound good even now), and did an immediate A/B comparison, song-by-song, with this paper sleeve issue. To my ears, it sounded light years better than the Island issue. I have a very good quality system, and I found this release to offer better clarify, better isolation of individual instruments, more life-like vocals and plenty of bass. I did not discern any clipping or undue compression. In short, it was a sonic treat.

So if you base your purchasing decision on how a CD might look on some graph, then perhaps the negative review might be persuasive; however, if you judge based upon what you actually hear, and you like this album, this is the best version to get.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Palmer's Best Album Sounds Better Than Ever 3 Oct 2013
By John L - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Robert Palmer's best music. It is raw, funky, and a lot of fun. The other musicians that contributed to this first release by Palmer are amazing. In terms of sound quality this re-mastered disc is a clear step above other releases. If you like this album and care about the fidelity of the music you listen to, this is the version to own!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a quality re-issue of a this quality record 6 Aug 2013
By Otto Klimbus - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been getting by with my old, vinyl copy of this LP for years due to the fact that all previous CD releases were of pathetic quality. Finally, we get a good sound quality version of the original with a few bonus tracks. Most likely, anyone reading this will already know that a good deal of this record is some of Little Feat at its finest with Robert Palmer on lead throat. We also have the Meters (of New Orleans fame) providing some excellent backing. Lowell George, Robert Palmer and Bill Payne are the stars of the show.
The Otto Klimbus seal of approval is hereby bestowed.
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Robert Palmer the best 2 Jun 2014
By C. G. Vickery - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember Robert Palmer's biggest hits such as Addicted to Love but in fact his earliest albums are the most interesting. Palmer's first album, which features members of Little Feat and The Meters, has real grit and I'd highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a bit more than the 'Mr Smooth' Palmer turned into later in his career.
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