Best of Both Worlds: The Robert Palmer Anthology (1974-2001)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There are usually thought to be two phases to Robert Palmer's career: an earlier one running from 1974 to 1983, when he explored New Orleans second-line funk and reggae, backed by members of Little Feat and the Meters and turned out a series of critically acclaimed, modestly successful recordings, and a later one, from 1985 on, when he rode his good looks, some high-fashion videos, and some simplistic hard rock/pop to a series of big hits on his own and with the Power Station. This two-CD set responds to that view by devoting its first disc to the earlier phase and its second disc to the later one. Palmer switched record companies along the way, too, but Hip-O is known...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There are usually thought to be two phases to Robert Palmer's career: an earlier one running from 1974 to 1983, when he explored New Orleans second-line funk and reggae, backed by members of Little Feat and the Meters and turned out a series of critically acclaimed, modestly successful recordings, and a later one, from 1985 on, when he rode his good looks, some high-fashion videos, and some simplistic hard rock/pop to a series of big hits on his own and with the Power Station. This two-CD set responds to that view by devoting its first disc to the earlier phase and its second disc to the later one. Palmer switched record companies along the way, too, but Hip-O is known for its willingness to license material from other labels, and 15 of the 20 tracks on the second disc come from outside the Universal archives. Along the way, all of the singer's U.S. Top 40 hits are included, though the collection was assembled with Palmer's input, which leads to alterations from the original recordings that fans might not be entirely pleased with. For a couple of earlier compilations, Addictions, Vols. 1 and 2, he used remixes of many of his well-known recordings, and those remixes have been retained here. He has also chosen to present three favorites -- "Johnny and Mary," "Riptide," and "Looking for Clues" -- as 2001 live performances rather than in their original studio recordings. Still, the selection is well-considered. The first disc is a good summation of Palmer's first eight Island albums, and the second disc demonstrates that not all of the second half of his career sounded like "Addicted to Love," that, actually, it was far more varied than the first half. There have been several Palmer compilations, but this one is the most comprehensive yet assembled.
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  • Release Date: 4/30/2002
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731458668824
  • Catalog Number: 586688

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Palmer Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Tuba, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Wally Badarou Keyboards
Art Neville Keyboards
Steve Stevens Guitar
UB40 Various
Michael Brecker Horn
Chuck Rainey Bass
John Bilezikjian Dumbek, Oud
Ray Allen Horn
Paul Barrére Guitar, Background Vocals
Chilli Charles Timbales
Rick Danko Vocals
Bernard Edwards Bass
Andy Fraser Bass
Lowell George Guitar
Rupert Hine Keyboards
Andy Taylor Guitar
Steve York Harmonica
B.J. Nelson Vocals
Sharon O'Neill Vocals
Mongezi Feza Flageolet, Horn
Bob Babbitt Bass
Cyro Battista Percussion
Luka Belak Violin
Keith Errol Benson Drums
Chris Bishop Bass
Frank Blair Bass
Harry Bluestone Concert Master
Jimmy Bralower Percussion
Randy Brecker Concert Master
Pierre Brock Bass
Vicki Brown Background Vocals
William Bryant Keyboards
Dennis Budimir Guitar
Charmaine Burch Vocals
Sam Clayton Percussion, Conga, Background Vocals
Mel Collins Horn, Saxophone
Louis John Davis Keyboards
Michael Dawe Drums
Gordon DeWitte Keyboards, Clavinet
Benny Diggs Background Vocals
Don Renaldo Concert Master
Andy Duncan Percussion, Drums
Ricky Fataar Drums
Chuck Findley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Clare Fischer Strings
Chris Frantz Bass Drums
Richard Gibbs Trombone, Keyboards
Kenny Gradney Bass
Ed Greene Conga
John Grey Guitar, Percussion
Freddie Harris Guitar
Stan Harrison Brass
Richie Hayward Drums, Background Vocals
Brie Howard Percussion
Neil Hubbard Guitar
Garth Hudson Accordion, Keyboards
James Jamerson Bass
Carol Kaye Guitar
Ron Kersey Keyboards
Curtis Rance King Jr. Vocals
Dave Lebolt Keyboards
Jody Linscott Percussion, Conga
Robyn Lobe Percussion
James Mahoney Guitar
Alan Mansfield Guitar, Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone
Eddie Martinez Guitar
Kenny Mazur Guitar
Donovan McKitty Guitar
Ziggy Modeliste Drums
Demo Morselli Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Leo Nocentelli Guitar
Chris Parker Drums
Bill Payne Keyboards, Background Vocals
Mark Pender Brass
Lenny Pickett Horn, Brass
Saverio Porciello Guitar
George Porter Jr. Bass
Guy Pratt Bass
Edward Putmon Keyboards
Dom Um Romão Percussion, Vocals
Steve Robbins Keyboards
David Rosenthal Keyboards
Jean Roussel Keyboards, Clavinet
Robert Sabino Keyboards
Allan Schwartzberg Percussion, Drums
James Allen Smith Keyboards
David Snell Harp
Mauro Spina Percussion, Drums
John Taylor Bass
Fonzi Thornton Vocals, Background Vocals
T.J. Tindall Guitar
Jack Waldman Keyboards
Freddie Wall Guitar
Mars Williams Brass
William D. "Smitty" Smith Drums
Gary Butcher Guitar
Geoff Bova Keyboards
Joe Rossy Percussion
Tony Thompson Drums
Jimmy Williams Bass
Arthur Smith Ocarina, Penny Whistle
Roger Taylor Percussion
Paul Litterall Brass
Dony Wynn Drums
Carl Carlton Acoustic Guitar, Dobro
Technical Credits
Robert Palmer Producer
Steve Smith Producer
Bernard Edwards Producer
Lowell George Composer
Gene Page String Arrangements
Marc Bolan Composer
Chaka Khan Vocal Arrangements
John Grey Producer
Terry Lewis Composer
Teo Macero Producer
Moon Martin Composer
Tom Moulton Producer
Lonnie Simmons Composer
Charlie Wilson Composer
R. Taylor Composer
James Harris Composer
Suha Gur Mastering
Smay Vision Art Direction
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Michele Horie Artwork
Scott Schinder Liner Notes
John Martin. Composer
Rudolph Taylor Composer
J. F. Kuhn Composer
Fredrick Hibbert Composer
D. Kleiber Composer
Dony Wynn Composer
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