Very Best of the Island Years

The Very Best of the Island Years

by Robert Palmer
     
 
Island's 2005 compilation The Very Best of the Island Years is a near-perfect single-disc overview of Robert Palmer's stint at Island Records, which ran from 1974's Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley to 1985's Riptide. This is regarded by fans and

Overview

Island's 2005 compilation The Very Best of the Island Years is a near-perfect single-disc overview of Robert Palmer's stint at Island Records, which ran from 1974's Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley to 1985's Riptide. This is regarded by fans and critics alike as his peak creative period, and it also contained his best-known hits, including 1978's "Every Kinda People," 1979's "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)," 1980's "Can We Still Be Friends," 1981's "Johnny and Mary" and "Looking for Clues," and, of course, 1986's "Addicted to Love" and 1987's "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On." While he continued to chart into the early '90s, only one song -- 1988's "Addicted to Love" rewrite "Simply Irresistible" -- could hold a candle to those hits, and it's here in a live version that concludes the album. While it would have been nice if the original studio version had somehow made the cut, the rest of this is such a terrific listen, charting Palmer's progression from laid-back New Orleans-styled blue-eyed soul crooner through new wave pop guy through his sleek rock makeover with Riptide, that most listeners won't mind that it's a live version, and choose to simply enjoy the best single-disc Palmer compilation yet assembled (and anybody wanting to dig deeper should turn to 2002's similarly excellent double-disc set Best of Both Worlds).

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2005
Label:
Island
UPC:
0602498147771
catalogNumber:
000207502
Rank:
24841

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Palmer   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Mic Murphy   Composer
Robert Palmer   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Todd Rundgren   Composer
Steve Smith   Producer,Audio Production
David Batteau   Composer
Bernard Edwards   Producer,Audio Production
Andy Fraser   Composer
Lowell George   Composer
Frank Blair   Composer
David Frank   Composer
Don Freeman   Composer
Tony Haynes   Composer
Terry Lewis   Composer
Dennis Nelson   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Jeff Fortang   Composer
Jo Allen & The Shapes   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes
Dony Wynn   Composer

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