ROBERT PALMER Best Of Both Worlds (2002)

Best Of Both Worlds (2002)
Excellent Multi-Label Anthology

A chronicle of Robert Palmer’s wonderfully erratic career, including his funky sides with Little Feat & The Meters, cosmo-World Music for Island Records and his mega-fame hits via MTV & Power Station. This 2CD collection has it all, covering Palmer’s undervalued 20 year stretch of musical invention from 1974-1994, with a bonus from 2001 to explain the title. I’ve heard, known and owned many of these tracks over the years, but hearing them all back-to-back is a revelation. Despite his top-notch material, expressive 70s vocal chops and aching 80s cool, it requires an expansive collection like this to truly appreciate some of Palmer’s outside-the-box choices (his interpretations are some of his best work). It’s easy to bitch about the curious inclusion of remixed hits (from the compilations Addictions Volumes 1 & 2), but what are you gonna do? Early in his career, Palmer wasn’t much of a sales machine, so most know him only from his 80s video successes. That’s unfortunate, because there’s a whole world of Robert Palmer before MTV, and this collection provides a great opportunity to re-investigate his wild variety and consistent excellence. Find this one at Amazon, HERE.

Sailin‘ Shoes
Hey Julia
Sneakin‘ Sally Through The Alley (Remix)
How Much Fun
Give Me An Inch (Remix)
Pressure Drop
Which Of Us Is The Fool
Spanish Moon
Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
Some People Can Do What They Like
You’re Gonna Get What’s Coming (Remix)
Every Kinda People (Remix Edit)
Best Of Both Worlds (Remix)

Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) (Remix)
Can We Still Be Friends? (Remix)

I Dream Of Wires
Not A Second Time
Some Guys Have All The Luck
What Do You Care (Live In London 1980)

You Are In My System (Revoiced)
Some Like It Hot
Get It On (Bang A Gong) (Single Version w/ Intro Edit)
Addicted To Love (Remix)
I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
Sweet Lies (Soundtrack Version)
She Makes My Day
Early In The Morning (Single Version)
Simply Irresistible
You’re Amazing (Remix/Edit w/ Fade)
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology Song) (Single Edit Version)
Want You More
Know By Now
Stone Cold
Milkcow’s Calf Blues
Johnny & Mary (Live At The Apollo Theater, 2000)
Riptide (Live At The Apollo Theater, 2000)
Looking For Clues (Live At The Apollo Theater, 2000)


  • 1
    Tony Ormond
    September 3, 2009 - 14:20 | Permalink

    Thanks for this!!! Robert Palmer is one of the greatest singers ever…I heard him sit in with James Brown way back. He held his own…

  • 2
    September 3, 2009 - 17:03 | Permalink

    cool cool cool..imagine if little feat would`ve brought him on board as their singer..what a fit..thanks for this..

  • 3
    September 3, 2009 - 23:32 | Permalink

    Thanks for this, Palmer was great. Check out his last, 'Drive', very convincing blues album!
    By the way, does anyone know if the expanded rereleases (with bonus tracks) of his first few albums ever were released? They were listed for a while on Amazone, but later disappeared…

    • 4
      October 15, 2011 - 17:44 | Permalink

      Never heard that one. Thanks for the tip.

  • 5
    September 4, 2009 - 00:11 | Permalink

    Unfortunately the reissues have still not been released.

    BTW, for some reason, to me anyway, every album after Heavy Nova seems to lack soul for some reason. I really hope we find out the truth of what was going on with him in that last decade of his career. I wish the family wouldn't hide everything about him. I get the feeling that he was at the hands of an industry that chewed him up and spit him out. There are now rumors that he died from cocaine rather than heart failure, just like Billy Mays.

  • 6
    September 4, 2009 - 01:50 | Permalink

    Sorry to hear that. Still waiting for a neat overview with some unissued tracks. As for being at the hands of the industry, perhaps…, but if you read his (very detailed) liner notes for compilations like Addictions 2 & (especially)'Woke Up Laughing – Adventures in Tropical Music: 1977-1997' you do get the impression of someone who loves making music in whatever style suits him.

  • 7
    Art Ducko
    September 4, 2009 - 04:38 | Permalink

    Thanks again, Willard for the musical history trip. Two of my favorite albums from the 70's were "Sneaking Sally…" & "Pressure Drop". These were the cool albums you slipped onto the turntable to impress your friends. Robert had such great taste, & he did it so effortlessly. I think of him as the Fred Astaire of rock. Even the slick stuff still sounds good.

  • 8
    September 4, 2009 - 12:39 | Permalink

    He must have been coked up to agree to these inferior remixes, they're all shiny & harsh and lacking the phunk of the originals….I agree with the Pixies not remixing their box set, saying that's the way it was recorded.. I'll go back to the vinyl to feel the warmth..still it's a reminder what an eclectic soulful dude he was….
    Goma Soma III

  • 9
    September 5, 2009 - 01:05 | Permalink

    Thanks for the taste. I always liked some of his tunes. bbq

  • 10
    Paul McClelland
    September 5, 2009 - 01:19 | Permalink

    My Gawd ..Wotta voice. Yowsah!!

  • 11
    September 7, 2009 - 19:31 | Permalink

    Willard, just a note to say thanks for this and many other wonderful shares. Robert Palmer could have been hard to pin down, but so long as you remember the man just loved to sing, then that's all you need to know. Eclectic, erractic, loved his music, and would have loved to hear more. Thanks.

  • 12
    Private Beach
    September 9, 2009 - 14:28 | Permalink

    I first saw Palmer with Vinegar Joe – a wonderful band, also featuring Elkie Brooks before she decided to become Britain's answer to Melissa Manchester.

    • 13
      October 15, 2011 - 17:45 | Permalink

      Lucky. I never even had the chance to see the guy.

  • 14
    Capt. Willard
    November 11, 2009 - 17:54 | Permalink

    Find it HERE

  • 15
    buzz baby jesus
    October 15, 2011 - 21:42 | Permalink

    I’m going to have to get this. I was always aware of Robert Palmer, but I already had Little Feat’s “Sailin Shoes”, and Toots and The Maytals “Pressure Drop”, so I never thought I needed him.
    I’m sure I’ll dig this now.

    • 16
      October 15, 2011 - 23:17 | Permalink

      There’s a lot of quality material. You’re bound to like some of it.

  • 17
    October 16, 2011 - 06:36 | Permalink

    Yowza. Sneakin’ is like a ball peen hammer right on my groove center. Neverending Saturday night.

  • 18
    October 16, 2011 - 07:55 | Permalink

    By complete coincidence I dug out my old vinyl copy of “Sneakin” the other day. I’d forgotten what a great record it was and agree it’s long overdue for a remaster and bonus tracks reissue. I rather lost sight of RP after Pressure Drop, disliked the “video years” and reconnected with him for “Drive” just before his untimely death. I’d love to know more about the man’s real story but in the meantime thanks for the chance to reassess this gifted singer.

  • 19
    October 16, 2011 - 08:39 | Permalink

    Was fortunate to see RP open for Little Feat back in the day. Great singer, gone too soon.

  • 20
    Marvin Rhodes
    May 5, 2012 - 15:42 | Permalink

    I saw Robert perform several times and he was great every time. There were those who attacked him, calling him the ‘Fraud of Funk.’ Despite their jealous disparagement, Robert was the real thing! The assassination of his character is still going on and it’s disgusting. Enjoy his music but please, let him rest in peace.

  • 21
    July 27, 2013 - 05:23 | Permalink

    Palmer was a fascinatingly creative guy who style-hopped from album to album in a manner that was really unusual, even more so given how consistent and successful many of the records were (through Heavy Nova, to my taste anyway). He wrote very interesting songs that were arranged in really fresh ways that for a time, and despite how many hits he had, often steered towards the “artsier” side of things (I’m thinking of Pride in particular, though all of the records had some more experimental things on them). I got to know Palmer a bit in the 80’s (I used to work at the Power Station) and at that time, the whole scene at that studio had gotten so coke-y that it was (truly) scary at times…nobody wanted to sleep (not uncommon in that era), but sadder than that, a lot of folks just wouldn’t even begin their sessions until the dealer arrived (and I think the book rate for a studio back then was around $280 per hour, which was a high meter rate for just idling around in the various reception areas). But the scene that Palmer was involved in at that time was at the heart of that vibe in and out the studio, and I do believe (in my heart; I don’t know enough of the facts obviously) that his death was caused from complications from cocaine, either directly or indirectly. Bernard Edwards’ as well. RP made some really wonderful music and this is a good collection though I do prefer a lot of the individual records. Thanks; I don’t feel like enough people remember how interesting an artist he really was.

    • 22
      July 27, 2013 - 09:59 | Permalink

      Agreed. He was a bit too eclectic for people to latch onto. If it wasn’t for those few years on MTV, there’s no telling how obscure he might have been.

  • 23
    July 27, 2013 - 05:26 | Permalink

    PS-I’m not bashing RP in the least, he was a sweet, friendly and smart guy even in that setting and stood out from a lot of less gracious folks who were fixtures there. Made me feel even sadder about his death when he passed.

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