Friday, February 21, 2020
Deep Cut Six Pack Volume Eleven: Robert Palmer
No one was happier for Robert Palmer's MTV success than I was, except for maybe Robert himself. I had been a fan since I picked up his second solo release "Pressure Drop" in the Alexander's record department in Brooklyn's Kings Plaza way back in 1975. As much as I enjoyed those videos and those songs, Palmer was so much more than "Simply Irresistible" and "Addicted To Love," two great rockers that might have failed miserably with another singer and front man.
Here are six songs that you may or may not know.
"Trick Bag" is a killer cover of Earl King's New Orleans classic.
"Remember To Remember" is a Palmer original that closes Side Two of his 1979 release "Secrets."
"Les Planches" is as creative as the singer himself, unreleased until it became a 2013 bonus on the "Riptide" reissue, it is a laid-back, reggae version of "Some Guys Have All The Luck" sung in French!
"She Makes My Day" was a single that failed to really take off. The melody of the chorus with the overlapping counter vocal is truly a thing of beauty.
"Man Smart, Woman Smarter" is a Jamaican standard getting a patented Palmer groove.
We close with "Through It All There's You," a slow burn funk, with help from The Meters.
Every one of these tracks, like most of Palmer's catalogue, showcases the brilliance of his unique vocal phrasing and his willingness to take the grooves and arrangements sideways.
SIX PACK TRACKS
Remember To Remember
She Makes My Day
Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Through It All There's You
As of 2/19/20, the site that hosts all of the zip files migrated to a new server. If this is anything like the last migration, all links from the past 10 years will need to be updated. I cannot do this. BUT, will do this on a case by case basis. So, at anytime you attempt to grab a zip, if it says "not found," you must leave a comment and ask for a re-up.
I believe this Six Pack zip is working.
Posted by Sal Nunziato at 5:52 AM