Robert Palmer Some People Can Do What They Like
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- Released: January 24, 2012
- Originally Released: 2012
- Label: Culture Factory
- 1.One Last Look
- 2.Keep in Touch
- 3.Man Smart, Woman Smarter
- 4.Spanish Moon
- 5.Have Mercy
- 6.Gotta Get a Grip on You, Pt. 2
- 7.What Can You Bring Me
- 8.Hard Head
- 9.Off the Bone
- 10.Some People Can Do What They Like
Personnel: Robert Palmer (vocals); Paul Barrere (vocals, guitar); Richie Hayward (vocals, drums); Sam Clayton (vocals, congas, percussion); Freddie Harris, Carol Kaye, Freddie Wall (guitar); Bill Payne (vocals, keyboards); James Alan Smith, William "Smitty" Smith (keyboards); Greg Carrol (harmonica); Art Smith (pennywhistle, ocarina); Chuck Rainey, Pierre Brock (bass); Spider Webb, Jeff Porcaro (drums); Jody Linscott (congas, percussion); Chili Charles (timbales); Robert Greenridge (steel pans).
Recorded at Clover Studio, Los Angeles, California.
Personnel: Robert Palmer (background vocals); Paul Barr‚re (guitars, background vocals); Freddie Wall, Freddie Harris, Carol Kaye (guitars); Art Smith (pennywhistle, ocarina); Greg Carroll (harmonica); Bill Payne (keyboards, background vocals); James Allen Smith , William D. "Smitty" Smith (keyboards); Richie Hayward (drums, background vocals); Jeff Porcaro, Spider Webb (drums); Sam Clayton (congas, percussion, background vocals); Jody Linscott (congas, percussion); Robert Greenridge (steel pan); Chili Charles (timbales).
Audio Mixer: Phill Brown.
Recording information: Clover Studios, Los Angeles.
Photographer: Moshe Brakha.
Although his first two records hadn't sold well, Robert Palmer was still given free rein by a nurturing Island Records to explore his musical interests. With SOME PEOPLE CAN DO WHAT THEY LIKE he continues to incorporate elements of calypso, reggae, African, and other exotic rhythms into his own soul-derived singing and songwriting. Once again, Palmer's music is very much characterized by the playing of his brilliant backing band, Little Feat, and in addition he incorporates legendary session players like Carol Kaye and various Steely Dan cohorts.
The songs cover the same wide-ranging set of influences, with Palmer covering New Orleans ("Man Smart, Woman Smarter") and Lowell George territory ("Spanish Moon"). There are call-and-response vocals on "Have Mercy," while "Hard Head" combines reggae with blues harp. Steel drums and pennywhistles add Caribbean flavor to the lovely instrumental "Off the Bone." Throughout, Palmer displays his trademark soul and grit.
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