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At His Very Best Best of, Import, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 11 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00006NSCM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. Every Kinda People
2. Bad Case Of Lovin' You (Doctor Doctor)
3. Johnny & Mary
4. Looking For Clues
5. Some Guys Have All The Luck
6. You Are In My System
7. You Can Have It (Take My Heart)
8. Some Like It Hot - The Power Station
9. Addicted To Love
10. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On
11. Sweet Lies
12. Simply Irresistible
13. She Makes My Day
14. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Robert Palmer & UB40)
15. Mercy Mercy Me
16. Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley
17. Riptide
18. I Need Your Love So Bad
19. TV Dinners

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Digitally remastered single disc collection of the blue eyed rocker includes two new tracks and two remixes.

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Most people primarily know Robert Palmer as the smooth crooner surrounded by sultry, black-clad models in the hit video for "Addicted to Love". Yet At His Very Best reveals him to be far more than simply a suave lady-killer. Indeed, he could be considered one of the finest white soul singers of his generation. Of course, his 1980s heyday is well represented here. "Addicted to Love" is a stand-out, alongside such hits as "Some Guys Have All the Luck", "Simply Irresistible" and "Some Like It Hot", the big hit he shared with Duran Duran's John and Andy Taylor as the Power Station. But fans will also enjoy the disco stylings of 1978's "Every Kinda People" (written by Free's Andy Fraser), the swampy funk of 1974's "Sneakin' Sally Thru the Alley" and a minimalistic but driving cover of ZZ Top's hilariously dumb "TV Dinners". This last track is a telling choice. Though Palmer is a serious student of music, he has always exhibited a gratifying sense of humour, a quality that's contributed mightily to his long-standing success. He's a wealthy man, and a diamond geezer. --Dominic Wills

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Format: Audio CD
At His Very Best is slightly different singles collection of Robert Palmer's work, focussing heavily on songs that hit either the US or UK Top 20 in the 80's and 90's. Similair track listing to the previously released The Very Best Of Robert Palmer, there are only a few variations, although this collection does feature Palmer's excellent funk rock cover of Allen Toussaint's "Sneaking Sally Through The Alley" as well as two selections from his critically acclaimed 2003 album Drive. Unfortunately, other than "Sneaking Sally", Palmer's early years are largely ingnored except for the US Top 20 Hits "Bad Case Of Loving You" and "Every Kinda People". Likewise, most of Palmer's post 1990 output other than the two Drive cuts is unaccounted for as well. If it's hits you are looking for, thsi set does have them. Palmer trademarks like "Addicted To Love", "Simply Irresistible", "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On", "You Are In My System", "Some Like It Hot", and "Get It On (Bang A Gong)", the last two performed with the Power Station, are all included. Only a handful of US hits, namely "Early In The Morning", "You're Amazing", and "Hypercative" are absent, replaced by UK chart toppers like "She Makes My Day" and "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight", an inventive reggae cover of the classic Bob Dylan hit performed with Ub40. Palmer's transatlantic smash hit Marvin Gaye cover "Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You" is also included. Solid but unspectacular collection that would suit casual fans but leave more interested listeners cold.
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I had forgotten the late Robert Palmer had so many hits. I wasn't very old when most of them came out but when I hear them on this CD I still remember them, they are great songs. I originally got this album for Some Like It Hot and Simply Irresistible and whilst they would still be my favourites I'd have to say there's definitely no fillers on this album. Throughout Robert Palmer's career he made some great songs, and you'll find them on here. Definitely a must have album. Also a pretty extensive cover booklet that gives you a great background and history. No lyric sheet is the only thing that lets this album down.
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By Dan on Oct. 20 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful compilation of Palmer tunes and the remastering sounds great. As unbelievable as it seems, they omitted "Best of Both Worlds" and for that sin I can only award the effort 4 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Remixes spoil an otherwise decent collection Jan. 16 2005
By William - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It may not include all of the American hits (eg. Early in the Morning) but the most significant international hits are here and digitally remastered.

What is wrong with this compilation are the remixed versions of "Bad case of loving you" and "Looking for clues". These remixes appeared on an earlier Palmer compilationn and have resurfaced again on this! Why? Apparently Palmer re-recorded these and other early songs a few years back because he wasn't happy with the originals. Unfortunately, the originals are brilliant, and should have been included. Based on reviews for the American equivalent of this compilation, other customers agree with me.

The CD also includes two new songs recorded before his untimely death.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Addicted to a Simply Irresistible Music Album Jan. 16 2004
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I had forgotten the late Robert Palmer had so many hits. I wasn't very old when most of them came out but when I hear them on this CD I still remember them, they are great songs. I originally got this album for Some Like It Hot and Simply Irresistible and whilst they would still be my favourites I'd have to say there's definitely no fillers on this album. Throughout Robert Palmer's career he made some great songs, and you'll find them on here. Definitely a must have album. Also a pretty extensive cover booklet that gives you a great background and history. No lyric sheet is the only thing that lets this album down.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
At His Best Better Than Very Best But Not The Best Of Palmer Dec 4 2003
By Thomas Leonard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
At His Very Best is slightly different singles collection of Robert Palmer's work, focussing heavily on songs that hit either the US or UK Top 20 in the 80's and 90's. Similair track listing to the previously released The Very Best Of Robert Palmer, there are only a few variations, although this collection does feature Palmer's excellent funk rock cover of Allen Toussaint's "Sneaking Sally Through The Alley" as well as two selections from his critically acclaimed 2003 album Drive. Unfortunately, other than "Sneaking Sally", Palmer's early years are largely ingnored except for the US Top 20 Hits "Bad Case Of Loving You" and "Every Kinda People". Likewise, most of Palmer's post 1990 output other than the two Drive cuts is unaccounted for as well. If it's hits you are looking for, thsi set does have them. Palmer trademarks like "Addicted To Love", "Simply Irresistible", "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On", "You Are In My System", "Some Like It Hot", and "Get It On (Bang A Gong)", the last two performed with the Power Station, are all included. Only a handful of US hits, namely "Early In The Morning", "You're Amazing", and "Hypercative" are absent, replaced by UK chart toppers like "She Makes My Day" and "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight", an inventive reggae cover of the classic Bob Dylan hit performed with Ub40. Palmer's transatlantic smash hit Marvin Gaye cover "Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You" is also included. Solid but unspectacular collection that would suit casual fans but leave more interested listeners cold.
What a complete mess all the best of collections of his career have made Nov. 22 2014
By James T. Mott - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
What a complete mess all the best of collections of his career have made. Will they ever get it right? I am such a huge fan of the late Robert P. God rest his SOUL. So many remixed and rerecorded disasters of songs that should NEVER have been touched in the first place. I see it like this... one last chance to redeem the brilliant career of this man. Put a box set together with nothing but original versions all remastered in a beautiful bound book. Even the remastered versions of his full length albums have been butchered. I'm talking of those paper sleeved ones that came out just a couple years ago. Doesn't Robert deserve better?
Among his best work March 11 2014
By Rocker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Most of all the hits and really enjoyed hearing Robert Palmer again. Addicted To Love, Simply Irresistible, I Didn't Mean To Turn you On , were worth the purchase for me.


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