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  • Audio CD (November 11, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 28, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Angel Records
  • ASIN: B000002UJV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Addicted To Love
2. Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
3. Simply Irresistible
4. Get It On
5. Some Guys Have All The Luck
6. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On
7. Looking For Clues
8. You Are In My System
9. Some Like It Hot
10. Respect Yourself
11. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
12. Johnny & Mary
13. She Makes My Day
14. Know By Now
15. Every Kinda People
16. Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You
17. Addicted To Love

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Product Description

We lost one of rock's great front men when Robert Palmer died in September. He had hits from the '70s to the '90s, with the Power Station's Get It On and Some Like It Hot in the middle. Those join Addicted to Love; Simply Irresistible; I Didn't Mean to Turn You On; Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You; Every Kinda People; Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor) , and 10 more.

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He could be the most low-key superstar in the entire pop arena. While almost anyone can name two or three Robert Palmer songs off the top of their head, it's startling to see all his monster hits packaged together and to realize just how many there were. Was Robert Palmer really this big and important? Actually, yes. With nineteen songs in this collection, ten are perennial FM staples--a higher number overall than anyone this side of ZZ Top. 1980's Clues is the critics' choice. But Palmer's commercial high point was 1985's Riptide and the Power Station album of the same year. All are well represented. For even more Palmer, try the two-part Addictions series. --Gavin McNett

Customer Reviews

This CD was even better than anticipated.
Mamma Joy
Having a 4 octave range, he could sing well in low and high voice.
H. D. Martinez
Sound quality with high volume rocks my house.
GaryAJUSA

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on December 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Robert Palmer was a fabulous singer, with a super-cool, super soulful voice (and, lest we forget, he was also a very snappy dresser). His untimely passing earlier this year from a heart attack was a major shock. While it's unfortunate that it took Palmer's death to get this compilation CD, "The Very Best Of Robert Palmer," re-issued after being out-of-print for some time, it is indeed very good to have it available to the masses once again. A very generous 17 tracks long, this CD contains EVERY single hit song Palmer ever had, whether solo or with his side band, The Power Station. They're ALL here: "Addicted To Love" (both the classic original & the 1997 re-recording), "Bad Case Of Loving You," "Some Like It Hot," "Simply Irresistible," "Looking For Clues," "Every Kinda People," and a whole lot more, showcasing Palmer's powerful pipes and his great flair for catchy pop-rock. The only reason I'm not giving this collection 5 stars is because my favorite Robert Palmer song of all-time, "You Are In My System," is included here with a re-recorded vocal from Palmer. Reportedly, Palmer wasn't happy with his original vocal on the song (originally from his album, "Pride"), thinking that his performance was too rushed, so he re-recorded it several years later. While I respect Palmer's decision, and his second go at the song is fine, his original performance on "You Are In My System" was perfect, and didn't need to be re-done. Oh well, at least I have the "Pride" album on LP if I want to hear how Robert originally sang it....*Other* than that one personal gripe, "The Very Best Of Robert Palmer" is a superb collection and tribute to this great singer. Farewell Robert, we will never forget you.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Jones on June 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It can't be helped; one mention of Robert Palmer and the mind immediately drifts to Those Videos, the clips for "Addicted to Love," "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On," and "Simply Irresistible" that featured those eerily similar but gorgeous models pretending to be the band behind him. The fact that both Shania Twain and "Ally McBeal" make references to them fourteen years after their first appearance (Shania with a gender-reversal video remake and "Ally" with a recurring joke) speaks volumes about the impact the videos had, but let's not forget about the music.
Luckily, those songs are even more worthy of your memory than their visual counterparts, and even more luckily than that, Palmer has a surprising wealth of strong and significant rock songs beyong them. "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)" is an easy classic, the kind of song no one will ever touch for a remake because you simply can't improve on it. Palmer, however, shows a knack for knowing when and how to put his personal stamp on an old classic, proven here with Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" (with UB40) and a medley of Marvin Gaye's "Mercy Mercy Me" and "I Want You."
Some of his hits that failed to become true radio staples sound even stronger in hindsight: the R&B jam "You Are in My System" and the Beatlesque ballad "She Makes My Day" are revelations. We're even treated to the two hits he had with his side project The Power Station, the energetic rockers "Some Like it Hot" and "Bang a Gong (Get it On).
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Cube on September 8, 2004
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This is a good CD full of Robert Palmers greatest hits. I enjoyed very much hearing them once again. The one big problem with this CD is that many of these songs are not the original releases. They are instead remix's, which do not live up to the original. I could tell instantly they were not the original versions. So yes its full of great Robert Palmer songs but I expected the original releases not remix's, so, as the old saying goes " Buyer Beware"
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By BK on August 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The original versions of these hits were pretty much mastered to perfection on their original albums. This collection was somewhat of a disappointment (with just a few exceptions) from even my first listen. It should be clearly labeled as a remix collection. Any ear familiar with these hits from this late great artist will quickly recognize that these versions sound way different the originals.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. House on May 4, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you are a Robert Palmer purist, and want to remember him as he originally sounded, avoid this release at all costs. All of the tracks appear to have been so heavily remixed and badly remastered that they are hardly even recognizable. There is no package labeling what so ever to indicate that they are remixes, but yet that is exactly what they are (as others here have noted). I wouldn't be surprised if it was all an effort to avoid some sort of copyright issue, in order to release these all together. If I had the money and the time I would sue the company that released this. It is a travesty to Robert's memory.
I saw him twice at the San Diego State Amphitheater, where he put on fantastic shows. I wasn't that into his entire catalog, but I went back the second time simply because he was such a great live performer. I am truly glad I got to see him. I'll be looking for the original releases now, which I had previously on cassette, and this one is either going back, or into the trash.
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