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Robert Palmer: Riptide [Limited Edition]

Album Notes

Personnel: Robert Palmer (vocals); Eddie Martinez, Andy Taylor (guitar); Lenny Pickett (horns); Wally Badarou, Jeff Bova, Jack Waldman (keyboards); Bernard Edwards, Guy Pratt (bass); Tony Thompson, Dony Wynn (drums); Fonzie Thornton, Benny Diggs (background vocals).

Recorded at Compass Point Studios, New Providence, Bahamas.

On 1985's RIPTIDE, Robert Palmer went from being a mere successful rock musician to one of the hottest figures in the music business. With a title that could have doubled as the title of a Miami Vice episode, RIPTIDE sold by the millions. While two MTV videos facilitated the record's success, Palmer had earned it; he was in his third decade as a professional musician, and he had also written the record's smash hit "Addicted to Love."

With a drum sound that sounded as if it were recorded in God's personal recording studio, "Addicted to Love" endures as a rock classic. On this, his signature song, which revisits the love-as-illness theme he addressed "Doctor Doctor," Palmer had the satisfaction of scoring his first Number One with his own composition. The memorable video, which portrayed an immaculately coifed, Armani-clad Palmer performing in front of a wall of blase models, cemented an image of Palmer that he happily embraced. The other huge hit here, " I Didn't Mean to Turn You On," typifies the suave dance music that would become Palmer's '80s chosen style for the rest of the decade.


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