And so begins Allmusic's biography of the late Robert Palmer. I will have to dissent, for I have always loved Palmer's music, even when it reached its misogynistic fever pitch in the Addicted to Love and Simply Irresistible videos. Wikipedia's introduction is far more charitable: "He was known for his distinctive, soulful voice, eclectic mix of musical styles on his albums, combining soul, jazz, rock, pop, reggae, blues, and sartorial acumen." [source]
I first heard Palmer singing Bad Case of Loving (Doctor Doctor) -- one of a number of songs he recorded but didn't write -- on the radio in my dad's car, I think. But, that song was from a later record. He wrote just over half of the songs on Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley, and he did a fabulous job in arranging.
Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley begins with a excellent trio of tunes that all run seamlessly together and introduce a really funky and soulful album. I find it a shame that most people know him for Addicted to Love. I'm willing to bet, also, that most people are unfamiliar with his work with Vinegar Joe, with whom he made two records in 1971 and 1972.
I have a Canadian pressing of this record.
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Monday, December 09, 2019
"Completists take note and rejoice! Track 3, Messages, is the (relatively) rare 7" remix, and not the Lp version. It is a short version of the 10" remix that appears almost everywhere else. This is the first time that this version of this track has appeared on cd, I believe."
While the vinyl set contains one new track (Don't Go), the deluxe CD box set has a lot more material, including a bunch of unreleased tracks. This is a cool compilation.
Friday, December 06, 2019
OMD [Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark]: Live With The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (2018)
Thursday, December 05, 2019
What Have We Done (12" Extended Mix)
What Have We Done (Single Version)
This is a good track. It makes me wish that Paul would sing more.
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
The Punishment Of Luxury (12" Extended Mix)
The Punishment Of Luxury (Single Version)
This release was limited to 1000 copies. There are currently copies for sale on Discogs, starting at about $41.
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
OMD [Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark]: Architecture & Morality / Dazzle Ships 05.16 Royal Albert Hall (2016)
"Limited to 1,000 copies via Pledge Music in three panel gatefold sleeve of the OMD concert held at the Royal Albert Hall on Monday 9th May 2016."
The above explains why the prices on Discogs start at £60 and run up to £99.95! The triple LP was bundled with 2 CD-Rs, which were also released separately. That's right! Bizarrely, these are CD-Rs, not CDs. Why? And yet, these CD-Rs are pricey too.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Unearthed live recording from the ITV archives. To be precise, this concert was recorded at the Nottingham Playhouse, UK on 28th July 1980, for ITV's Rockstage programme (aired in April 1981). It was a rare one-off summer show and they played two songs from the yet to be recorded album 'Organisation'. This is the first time that the original 'Enola Gay' (unfinished) version is released. Notice the absence of the drum machine, its slightly different structure and original verses. Then, despite the short set, the quality of the recording is surprisingly good. Lighting was less gloomy than the classic Theatre Royal Drury Lane 1981 concert.The CD/DVD version was released in 2015, with a CD version and LP version appearing the following year. The LP is, of course, a picture disc. Access All Areas refers to a unlimited backstage pass, also known as AAA. Access all Areas is also the name of a series of recordings from various acts.
Monday, November 25, 2019
From Discogs: Released on Record Store Day 2015.
'Julia's Song (Dub Version)' is the same track as the first part of 'Julia's Song (Extended Version)', b-side to the 1984 Talking Loud And Clear 12" single, the second part of which has been released on the 2015 Deluxe edition of Junk Culture.I believe that this was a limited edition, but I am not sure. The flipside is 10-1.
Friday, November 22, 2019
And now, the bad news: what happened? What happened to The National? Maybe it needs a few more listens, but on my first pass through, all I could think was that I was happy not to have shelled out $80 for the triple LP version. There are some songs that I genuinely dislike on this record. Where is Her Head comes to mind first. I do not dislike female backing singers of female vocalists, but there are parts of this record where I wondered if I was listening to a Boney M record.
I will give it another chance, but I am feeling underwhelmed.
Dazzle Ships (Parts II, III & VII)
The Romance Of The Telescope
Dazzle Ships (Parts I, IV, V & VI)
There are apparently 750 copies, but someone noted that more copies were made to correct for errors. All I can say that is: I wish I had been there.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Night Cafe, on it's own, is magical, a return to some Architecture and Morality sounds, with a beautiful melody and polished electronic sound. My fav tune might be Metroland, which is a delicious Kraftwerkesque tune. On the other hand, Dresden is also pretty cool.
The question about Kissing the Machine is which is the better version, this or the 1993-original with Karl Bartos. It's a tough call, as they are so similar. This is an excellent record, which is a bit better the History of Modern.