Secrets - Cardboard Sleeve - High-Definition Deluxe Replica
Collector's Edition, Limited Edition, Coll Ltd Rmst Oc ed.
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Audio, Cassette, Import, Original recording reissued, 1979
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Recorded in the Bahamas in 1979 Robert Palmer's Secrets is infused with the influence of island rhythms and instrumentation but it also reflects Palmer's interest in funk and soul and is tinged with rock guitars, like in the catchy "What's It Take."
Deluxe Vinyl Replicas by Culture Factory constitute high quality reissued compact-discs which reproduce all the components of the original LPs and are their exact replicas in compact-disc size (5.3 x 5.3 inches), with authentic single or gatefold cardboard jackets and paper sleeves. In addition to the above, each compact-disc Deluxe Vinyl Replica includes a black finish CD complete with the original label to give it the look and feel of the original record album. Culture Factory strives to achieve an authentic sound with the highest possible fidelity to the original studio masters. Our remastering process brings out the music's true dynamics and original clarity with low levels of noise. In the remastering studio the audio tracks are handled in the form of high-definition, 96Kz / 24-bit digital files for greatest preservation of fidelity. Signal compression is sometimes used to bring out frequencies that were absent or barely heard in the original recordings, and we use the least amount of compression possible. While sound perception varies greatly among individuals our vinyl replica CDs are designed to provide the optimal listening experience when using flat EQ settings. Brand new, original, factory-sealed, limited edition CD release.
These BOC's & Robert Palmer's look AMAZING. They truly are works of pop art, just as their vinyl predecessors were (and still are to people like me). --Gary Moore, 95.5KLOS-FM
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The big hit single here is Palmer's remake of Moon Martin's "Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)" that became his second U.S. Top 20 hit (his first was "Every Kinda People" from the well made but slightly flawed album "Double Fun"). Just about every song on here is perfectly realized. Now out of print in anticipation of the remasters planned for 2007 that were supposed to have bonus tracks that were shelved and never released, "Secrets" is only available as 1) used items or 2) as a digital download here at amazon and at itunes.
2012 Reissue: Culture Factory has reissued "Secrets" in a limited edition miniature replica of the LP sleeve complete with a paper "Obi". The attention to detail for the packaging is remarkable and accurate. The remastering of the CD has a nice sound stage but is a brighter than the original CD, louder but as far as reissues go and compared to many maximized, distorted CD reissues it's a an OK masteringq that could have been great. The CD itself was remastered from a 24 bit master and then converted to a 16 bit CD for release.
my advice-stick with the original CDs either the American edition mastered by Barry Diamant or the Island mastering.
Original Issue Cd:
For those interested in picking this album up inexpensively the digital downloads from itunes as far as I can tell is the same mastering as the original CD and, while it isn't quite as good a quality as the CD (or even the original vinyl which is the BEST way to hear this classic album), the downloads are a good alternative to hear this album and, ultimately, having access to a terrific album like this is more important than not having it at all.
The packaging isn't all that great--it has the basic original liner notes and I personally would have loved a retrospective booklet discussing the making of this album indepth.
It's not well known but Palmer although he appeared to be JUST a singer could play guitar, bass, keyboards and drums and on some of his albums played all the instruments for certain tracks or would trade off from song to song.
Why Palmer doesn't get the respect he deserves is beyond me; Palmer wasn't edgy like, say, Bowie but he never meant to be and he DID expand on his musical vocabulary without betraying his blue eyed soul roots working with a variety of talented producers (Bernard Edwards for Riptide)and musicians (Gary Numan for "Clues" Palmer's "New Wave" album). Anyone without the ability to look past the "lounge lizard" act that we saw in the videos for his later hits clearly doesn't know their music and shouldn't be reviewing at a place like allmusic.
this replica version - remastered - is a pain for anybody with halfway decent listening ability. The sound quality isn't much better than kicking a empty can through a Brooklyn back-alley.
Yet, this will be a collectors item in the future (if it doesn't, not much lost). I just wish, they would have done a better job remastering this excellent piece of phonic art. I do own the vinyl version of this album - and on a reasonable TT it sounds way more impressive than this CD version.
Would I buy it again? Probably, because I'm a collector. Would I buy it just for listening pleasure? Definitely not.
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