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Riptide

Robert Palmer Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1. Riptide
2. Hyperactive
3. Addicted To Love
4. Trick Bag
5. Get It Through Your Heart
6. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On
7. Flesh Wound
8. Discipline Of Love
9. Riptide (Reprise)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Best Selling Riptide Solid But Not Spectacular Nov. 24 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This really "rips"! Nov. 15 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Might as well face it, you're addicted to love Aug. 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this album! Nov. 4 2002
Format:Audio CD
"Addicted to love" and "I didn't mean to turn you on" were both top ten singles. I like "Hyperactive", "Discipline of love" and "Flesh Wound" even better than those two. This album is one of the best 80's albums you can buy. It was released in 1985, just prior to when all the music industries went down hill.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Addicted To The 80s? July 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
Truth be told, Palmer isn't really a rock artist. His pop instincts and lover boy posturing have more in common with Frank Sinatra than Buddy Holly. Nothing wrong with that; if it's your thing. This album contains the hit 'Addicted To Love' which was so ubiquitous in it's time that Weird Al parodied it. Like most Palmer albums, however, this one is mostly filler, and annoying filler at that. All but devotees should stick to comps.
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