A 17 track compilation covering the years 1978-1997. Every Palmer release I've owned has been all over the map stylistically - rock, R&B, New Wave, glam, blues, reggae, pop, soul, etc. He had minor U.S. hits here and there, but his music choices were too eclectic to earn a steady following, despite having a fantastic voice. Enter MTV and the legendary "pouty model band" backing him up in his videos and suddenly he's a much bigger draw in the late '80s. Thanks, MTV (my favorite was the gorgeous guitar player on the far right). This compilation was put together in 1995 for European release where Palmer's chart history differs greatly from his U.S. rankings.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart
Tracks: Palmer had 12 US Top 40 hits (including 3 with side project The Power Station), but only 8 appear here. The disc starts out with a completely unnecessary 1997 remix (or rerecording?) of Addicted to Love, but no worries as the 1985 original closes out the disc. Two of my favorite tracks, Looking For Clues and Every Kinda People weren't the biggest hits, go figure. And I've always thought the Power Station's cover of T. Rex's Get It On (Bang A Gong) was one of the better covers of the '80s. The "new" tune, a cover of The Staple Sisters' Respect Yourself just leaves you longing for the original.
|Addicted To Love '97||1997||-||✘|
|Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)||1979||14||✔|
|Get It On (Bang A Gong)||1985||9||✔|
|Some Guys Have All The Luck||1980||-||✘|
|I Didn't Mean To Turn You On||1985||2||✔|
|Looking For Clues||1980||105||✔|
|You Are In My System||1983||78||✘|
|Some Like It Hot||1985||6||✘|
|I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (w/UB40)
|Johnny & Mary||1980||-||✔|
|She Makes My Day||1988||-||✔|
|Know By Now||1994||-||✔|
|Every Kinda People|
|Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You||1990||16||✔|
|Addicted To Love||1985||1||✔|
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I had the Power Station album plus three of Palmer's albums on cassette: Riptide (1985), Heavy Nova (1988), and Don't Explain (1990). Of those four albums, Riptide was my favorite. This CD was purchased not long after its release to replace those cassettes.