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June 1, 1990

  Song Title
Looking For Clues
Sulky Girl
Johnny And Mary
What Do You Care
I Dream Of Wires
Woke Up Laughing
Not A Second Time
Found You Now

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  • Label: Island Def Jam
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  • Total Length: 31:10
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  • ASIN: B000V63BDQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A note about the 2011 Robert Palmer "remasters": June 25, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately this is yet another batch of "remasters" that follows the trend of mastering the music for earbuds and not a proper stereo system. The music is compressed, tinny and shrill. The low end is virtually nonexistent.

If you care about the quality of sound in your music and are a fan of Robert Palmer's catalog you would be doing yourself a disservice by getting these 2011 editions. I suggest you hunt down the original Island Records compact discs from the early 90's. They still sound quite good. I know because I went running back to them after hearing these.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Palmer's Best Album February 18, 2007
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This 1980 Island Records release by the late Robert Palmer may be his best album. There are no bad cuts. You can put it on and enjoy it all the way through. The highlights are "Johnny and Mary," but it helps if your system has good bass response. "I Dream of Wires" is a Gary Numan technopop song. "Woke up Laughing" is a high energy, reggae infused comment on life with a sudden serious ending (just like life itself). "Not a Second Time" is an updated cover of a John Lennon song from the "Meet the Beatles" album. Finally there's "Found You Now," a enchanting love song. I miss Palmer's wonderful voice and influential rock music. This album was his best just before he hit it big on MTV.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever!! May 28, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This was the one that got me listening to Roberts stuff back in 1979. Since then i've bought everything i can and apart from a couple of tracks i havent been too dissapointed. Looking for clues is a fantastic track with an even better Video
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Palmer moves to New Wave and makes his best album ever! February 25, 2010
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"Clues" represented a major departure for Robert Palmer, shifting from his typically island-flavored rock towards harder edged New Wave/Electronica. At the time "Clues" was recorded Palmer was playing on the Talking Head's Remain in Light sessions and was heavily influenced by Gary Numan, and all of them wind up playing on the tracks here. Palmer's chameleonic voice was ideally suited for electronica, ranging from the low rumble demonstrated on "Johnny and Mary" to the falsetto on the title track. There still is a strong island flavor here and there, as on "Woke Up Laughing", but overall keyboards and drum machines dominate as on the Numan-penned track "I Dream of Wires", which rocks harder here than on Numan's original. The hard rock reworking of the Beatles' "Not A Second Time" is nothing short of astonishing; you'd hardly know it was the Beatles as it's stripped down so much and rocked so hard. Standout tracks abound and "Clues" was probably Palmer's best and most consistent album in his lengthy career. Although not thematically organized, the songs are largely about love and longing, and "Clues" is a rollercoaster ride of emotions from the sparse warmth of "Found You Now" to the icily detached couple in "Johnny and Mary", to the future-shock of "I Dream of Wires."

"Clues cemented Palmer's palce in New Wave and he would continue to explore that on 1982's Maybe It's Live and 1983's Pride. More importantly "Clues", like OMD's Architecture & Morality, showed that electronica didn't have to be emotionally distant and removed. Far from it, "Clues" is warm, funny, and very engaging!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking For Clues On The Telephone June 14, 2010
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Robert Palmer entered the 80's decade on one of the creative highpoints of his career. It's a very short album-under 30 minutes in fact but so is Bob Dylan's simiarly underrated Nashville Skyline so time has nothing to do with it. Palmer really packed a punch on what time he did have on this album and had a lot of great musical ideas to put. In 1980 there were a whole lot of different genres colliding together during the music industry resession. New wave,post-punk,electronica,fusion,pop and funk were all coming together into new and different combinations and it was artists like Robert Palmer,who didn't have too much of a commercial axe to grind took full advantage. "Looking For Clues" is one of the most successful rhythmic inventions Palmer ever came up with. It's new wave,funk,ska and South African pop all rolled up into one and it was even a hit for him with the inclusion of a clever music video as well. There are some soul rockers here somewhat in the Rolling Stone's style such as "Sulky Girl","What Do You Care","Woke Up Laughing" and a cover of The Beatles "Not A Second Time". These songs also have a somewhat DIY influence in the rhythms that bare something of a resemblance to what Paul McCartney was doing at the same time on his Mccartney II. The main points of interest on this album however are some of the more electro-pop grooves such as "Johnny And Mary". I am not sure if this song was a hit but it was at once typical and prophetic to the nature of the pop in the future in general. "I Dream Of Wires" is more on the progressive new wave side of this album and the same goes for "Found You Now". Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beware! May 18, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The cover say, that this is a High Fidelity recording, but it is a very LOW FIDELITY. Very bright and no bass.
Waste of money! A really disapointment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars "Knowledge Is Power......"
Anyone interested in purchasing the recent Robert Palmer reissues from Culture Factory or Edsel would be wise to read these two articles from SuperDeluxeEdition:

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Published 3 months ago by J. H. Mccarthy
1.0 out of 5 stars Great music - terrible sound quality.
Great music, terrible sound. Steer clear of these Robert Palmer reissues. I bought several and the sound quality is awful on all of them. All treble, no bass. Very tinny sound. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Newbold
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
virtually unknown greatness from relatively limited exposed robert palmer... he is more than simply irresistible... it will be a mainstay in my listening wheelhouse
Published 11 months ago by Nicole
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Album - Awful Sound
I really like this Robert Palmer album and was excited to see a remastered version available. This remaster is dreadful, almost non existent bass and I own and have compared it to... Read more
Published 11 months ago by mikefromoz
4.0 out of 5 stars one of his best
This is one of my favorite Robert Palmer albums, not far behind the great "Sneaking Sally Through The Alley" and the solid "Pressure Drop. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
2.0 out of 5 stars Detective Palmer
CLUES is good but not one of Robert Palmer's best. The album did spawn a couple of hits,LOOKING FOR CLUES and JOHNNY AND MARY. Read more
Published on November 17, 2003 by andy8047
5.0 out of 5 stars The Closest He Came
At one time it was rumoured that Robert Palmer wanted to be the new "Thin White Duke", a reference to David Bowie. This is the closest he came. Read more
Published on May 1, 2002 by Former Archivist General of the United States
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