Drive

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For lack of a better word, Drive might be termed Robert Palmer's blues album. Some of the songs are in the strict blues form, and the approach to the arrangements tends toward spare, acoustic elements. In his liner notes, Palmer cites as inspirations an invitation to participate in a Robert Johnson tribute album and the offer to provide the soundtrack to a film set in the deep South in the 1940s and '50s. But, of course, it's not that simple. Spare the arrangements may be, but they are also precise, especially in terms of the rhythms, in a way their models never were. Palmer is a stickler for grooves, and these tracks are carefully edited so that you never really ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
For lack of a better word, Drive might be termed Robert Palmer's blues album. Some of the songs are in the strict blues form, and the approach to the arrangements tends toward spare, acoustic elements. In his liner notes, Palmer cites as inspirations an invitation to participate in a Robert Johnson tribute album and the offer to provide the soundtrack to a film set in the deep South in the 1940s and '50s. But, of course, it's not that simple. Spare the arrangements may be, but they are also precise, especially in terms of the rhythms, in a way their models never were. Palmer is a stickler for grooves, and these tracks are carefully edited so that you never really imagine you're in a juke joint. The material ranges from J.B. Lenoir's "Mama Talk to Your Daughter" and Little Willie John's "I Need Your Love So Bad" to more recent fare such as ZZ Top's "TV Dinners" and neo-bluesman Keb' Mo's "Am I Wrong?" Palmer's throaty voice and his urgent delivery are well-suited to the songs, and his usual taste for the Caribbean lightens things up just when the collection is beginning to seem harsh. The version of "Hound Dog," not surprisingly, owes more to Big Mama Thornton than it does to Elvis Presley Palmer gets the lyrics right, which Presley never did. This is the blues filtered through a highly sophisticated sensibility, and thus rendered as an artifact, however fervently Palmer sings. But then, that filter is what he's been applying to indigenous musical genres for his entire career, and there is much here to remind listeners of his fondly remembered early albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Compendia
  • UPC: 015095488626
  • Catalog Number: 4886

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Palmer Primary Artist, Bass, Vocals
Mauro Spina Guitar, Percussion, Drums
Jimmy Palmer Percussion, Drums
Mary Ambrose Background Vocals
James Palmer Percussion, Drums
Dr. Gabs Synthesizer, Keyboards
Carl Carlton Guitar, Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
J.B. Lenoir Composer
Robert Palmer Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Bill Carter Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Steve Barri Composer
Frank Beard Composer
Ruth Ellsworth Composer
Michael Frank Collage
Billy Gibbons Composer
Michael Omartian Composer
Pino Pischetola Engineer
Harvey Price Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Lolly Vegas Composer
J. Ford Composer
Pat Vegas Composer
Ben Georgiades Engineer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Daniel Walsh Composer
Nicolai Dunger Composer
Herman Parker Jr. Composer
Dana Merino Composer
Jeff Martin Composer
Carl Carlton Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, but where's the other half?

    This is a wonderfly warm and intimate recording, quality music, and the rhythm tracks in particular with RP's son on percussion and RP himself on bass are superb. But the dang thing is just over 33 minutes long! Really felt ripped off. Even 1960s albums are longer than THIS. Also RP voicing the title "Drive!" every few songs, with variable loads of "English" on the vocals each time, is cool the FIRST listen; it get's really old after a few plays. And if you keep it in your CD player, this disc (since it's so short) will replay often! Next time, how about a FULL album length, and I'll give you the rest of the stars. If this were another 20 minutes longer, I would have added the other two stars to equal 5; assuming similarly quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blues Essential

    Robert Palmer has released one of the best blues albums I have ever heard. I am only familiar with Robert from his pop days, but after I heard TV Dinners, Hound Dog, and Why Get Up I was hooked. Drive is and incredible album and a breath of fresh air. Robert Palmer's Drive is a special album you need to have it.

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