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Robert Palmer - At His Very Best

You might imagine a world awash with Bob Palmer's bird-pulling confections, but this TV-advertised disc hits the dreaded Christmas market adding a remixed "Addicted To Love" to the usual "Some Guys"/"Every Kinda People" choices. Palmer's New Orleans sojourn, which resulted in '74's Allen Toussaint-produced Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley, is where he came in as a solo artist, and his polished, gents' club pop is brought up to date with a sneak preview from new disc Drive. Fancy the roof down?

Rating: 2 / 10


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