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Sneakin' Sally Throught The Alley
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on 1 August 2013
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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on 26 May 2017
Great album featuring Little Feat, funky as hell
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on 9 April 2016
Great sounding facsimile release, and no more than Robert Palmer deserves! I see Culture Factory seems to have done all the Island albums with one rather noticeable exception....where's Pressure Drop?
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on 20 August 2015
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on 26 January 2015
I`m Happy
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