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Riptide

Robert PalmerAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 15, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • ASIN: B000001FFP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Might as well face it, you're addicted to love August 11, 2003
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One of the most memorable videos on MTV back in 86 featured Robert Palmer with powerful drums, a snarling guitar, and instruments played (mimicked, obviously) by some chic mannequin babes in black dresses, black hair, pale makeup, and rouged lips. That was "Addicted To Love", which became Palmer's first number one hit and helped sales of his ninth album, Riptide, which became his biggest success.
The dreamy slow dance, "island in the sun" aura title track, written by Gus Kahn in 1935, serves as a soft introduction and interlude to what later follows.
"Hyperactive", which became the third single, has a partial melody that sounds like Madonna's "Angel", beginning as it does with Tony Thompson's power drums, Chic co-founder and Power Station producer Bernard Edwards' bass, and Eddie Martinez's crunchy guitars. The woman mentioned in the song is an energetic powerhouse, surprising the narrator, who seems to have a pulse on the corporate world (stock in IBM) and global-minded (a date for lunch in Singapore).
Then comes "Addicted To Love" with vocal arrangements done by Chaka Khan, Thompson's pounding power drums, rhythm keyboards, and the snarling fiery guitar solo his Power Station colleague Andy Taylor, by then late of Duran Duran. The comparison of love to a drug is given in some pointedly clever lyrics: "A one-track mind; you can't be saved/Oblivion is all you crave/If there's some left for you/you don't mind if you do/Oh, you'd like to think you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah."
His cover of blues man Earl King's "Trick Bag" gets a light synth treatment while maintaining the semblance of the original blues motif.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Addicted To This Album June 3, 2000
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This is the essential rock album by Palmer that became (and still is) a classic 80's smash due to it's combination of thumping bass, powerful electric guitar punching elements and semi-soulful vocals. Only Mr. Palmer could take a pop-r&b hit like Cherelle's I Didn't Mean To Turn You On and give it a good dose of guitars and drums without the song losing it's integrity which was put in by the original artist. I refuse to call this project an 80's pop-rock album (despite it's overplayed and overkilled song and video Addicted to Love).I don't consider it pop because there were no "cute" candy filler tunes. Each track was very strong and addictive.In fact, the tunes on this album bordered on being called funk-rock. If this album was a bit too hyper or strong for some, then his next follow up Heavy Nova would be the more "tamed" version of this...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of his career, and that's saying something. January 22, 2000
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This album ranks as one of my favorite albums from anyone... clearly an 80's classic, up there with Duran Duran's "Rio" album. Yes, this has "Addicted" and "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" which everyone knows, but there's also the smaller hit "Hyperactive" and "Discipline Of Love" both of which are among his best songs ever. The album goes into several different styles and moods, but it holds together remarkably well, and thanks to Bernard Edwards, Palmer never sounded better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Best Selling Riptide Solid But Not Spectacular November 24, 2003
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Robert Palmer's 1985 lp Riptide was a trans atlantic smash, one of the biggest selling albums of the year in both the UK and US in 1986. Here, the singer goes for a straight forward rock sound, abondoning his more R&B tinged songs or world music musings of previous efforts. There are no African, Latin, or Carribean influenced numbers here and not a lot of the funk rock of Palmer's early career. What this album does offer is a lot of Palmer's trademarked dance savvy pop rock, heavy guitar, and slick production. "Addicted To Love", the lp's second single, became Palmer's signature hit during his career, a US#1 and UK Top 5 that became the standard bearer for Palmer's rock/dance savvy sound. The less successful first single "Discipline Of Love" also has a strong dance groove sound to it, but decidedly darker lyrics. Palmer does display some R&B funk on the groove oriented "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On", a US and UK Top 10 single that became another signature hit for the artist. With only 9 songs, it's mostly Palmer's rock stuff that is featured, although the singer does a credible job remaking the classic 30's Torch song "Riptide", and excells further on a similair sounding original composition "Get It Through Your Heart". These songs give an early hint to Palmer's love of pre rock era jazz and romantic standards which would dominate much of his work into the mid 90's. Bernard Edwards (Chic) helped produce the album, re joining with Palamer after their successful stint in The Power Station. Likewise, guitarist Andy Taylor (Duran Duran) also rejoins with RP after their Power Station run. This is a solid album, but not as representative of the singer's career as other records. If it's Palmer's rock sound that you enjoy, then this album should work for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This really "rips"! November 15, 2003
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After a short period of success with The Power Station,Robert Palmer returned to being a soloist with RIPTIDE. The title track was written in 1935,according to the copyright information. ADDICTED TO LOVE was one of 1986's most popular hits. "Weird Al" Yankovic later used the music with his lyrics to ADDICTED TO SPUDS. HYPERACTIVE was another hit. So was I DIDN'T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON which was later covered by Mariah Carey. The video for ADDICTED TO LOVE featured Palmer,dressed in a tie and slacks,flanked by beautiful "mannequins". The video for I DIDN'T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON was the same except,I think Palmer wore a jacket. An edited version of ADDICTED TO LOVE appears on ADDICTIONS VOLUME 1,released in 1989. I dedicate this album to the memory of Palmer who suddenly died of a heart attack on September 26,2003.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best of Robert Palmer. Always enjoy this song
Published 7 days ago by Donald K. Kugler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by steve fox
5.0 out of 5 stars a blast from my past
loved this to death when it first came out and was pleasantly surprised how much I still enjoyed it. Robert Palmer died far too young. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jillyfitzwilly
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the big one
Always a classic album, iconic hits and videos, you can't go wrong, it laid the path for the best that was yet to come.
Published 11 months ago by Pedals
4.0 out of 5 stars Palmer Classics
This CD has some excellent songs which are worth the purchase. Most of the filler is just that-- not very inspiring, except for one or two, which happily surprised me. Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. BECKER
5.0 out of 5 stars Robert Palmer's "Riptide"
Back in the day I used to listen to my cassette of Riptide faithfully (I remember I drove my friends crazy with this album) This is one of the most awesome cd's ever (from the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by C. Papin
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn It On
Robert Palmer really hit the big time with his eighth studio album, Riptide, released in November of 1985. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by P Magnum
4.0 out of 5 stars I didn't mean to be addicted
Robert Palmer / Riptide: This is the album that has Palmer's huge hits "Addicted To Love" and "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On". Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by J. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars i miss him
riptide is his best in my opinion. the product was great and at a great price. i can say nothing else. Read more
Published on November 23, 2011 by Tracie Crawford
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I only recently became aware, again, for the first time in twenty five years, of the very existence of Robert Palmer. Read more
Published on July 17, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
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