CD Clues [Robert Palmer] [042284235327] (CD 6521072),
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Clues [Robert Palmer] [042284235327]

  • 1. Looking for Clues
    2. Sulky Girl
    3. Johnny and Mary
    4. What Do You Care
    5. I Dream of Wires
    6. Woke up Laughing
    7. Not a Second Time
    8. Found You Now
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 842353

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert Palmer
    EngineerAlex Sadkin

    Personnel includes: Robert Palmer (vocals, guitar, bass, drums, percussion); Kenny Mazur, Alan Mansfield (guitar); Gary Numan, Jack Waldman (keyboards); Andy Fraser, Paul Gardiner (bass); Dony Wynn (drums); Chris Franz (bass drums).
    Recorded at Compass Point Studios, New Providence, Bahamas. Originally released on Island (90493).
    Personnel: Robert Palmer (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Kenny Mazur, Alan Mansfield (guitar); Gary Numan, Jack Waldman (keyboards); Chris Frantz (drums, percussion); Donny Wynn, Dany Wynn (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Alex Sadkin.
    Recording information: Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas.
    With the long-awaited commercial success of SECRETS, Robert Palmer had shown that his soulful, manly vocals could deliver hard rock songs as well as ballads. His chiseled-jawed, just-this-side-of-bland good looks made him an appealing pop figure, too. But Palmer didn't rest on his laurels. New wave was in its heyday, and he looked to some of the genre's leading lights for CLUES.
    Christ Frantz of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club contributes to the hip-shaking dance-floor hit "Looking for Clues," as does Gary Numan in Palmer's cover of Numan's niftily titled "I Dream of Wires," which almost sounds like a lost Eurythmics song. The record's biggest hit was the melancholy synth ballad "Johnny and Mary," in which Palmer jettisons his trademark rough-hewn vocals for a hushed, alien-sounding purr. "Woke Up Laughing," with its tricky time signature and infectious vocal, is one of Palmer's lesser-known but finest songs. Also of note here is Palmer's inspired, synth-heavy cover of the rarely covered Beatles chestnut "Not a Second Time."

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