Robert Palmer Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
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- Released: August 1, 1989
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Island
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Personnel: Robert Palmer (vocals, guitar, keyboards, drums); Robert Palmer; The Meters (various instruments); Lowell George (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Phill Brown.
Photographer: Graham Hughes.
After three releases co-fronting the critically acclaimed but commercially underwhelming Vinegar Joe, Robert Palmer's first solo album is a far cry from the bombastic, mega-produced MTV-friendly fare he's best known for. Instead, it's a quietly soulful effort that finds him backed by stellar musicians from Little Feat and the Meters.
Here, as you might expect, the groove is everything. Palmer's vocals are thoroughly assured (if he was intimidated by the credentials of his backing musicians you'd never guess it) and his choice of material, including great songs by Alan Toussaint and Lowell George, is impeccable. Undervalued at the time of its release, this is one of those rare artifacts of the early '70s that doesn't sound remotely dated.
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