Heavy Nova (album)

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Heavy Nova
Studio album by Robert Palmer
Released June 22, 1988 (1988-06-22)
Recorded 1988 (1988)
Genre Rock, hard rock, dance-rock[1]
Length 38:29
Label EMI
Producer Robert Palmer
Robert Palmer chronology
Riptide
(1985)
Heavy Nova
(1988)
Don't Explain
(1990)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

Heavy Nova is the ninth solo studio album by Robert Palmer, released in 1988. His first album for EMI Records after a 15-year association with Island Records (both with Vinegar Joe and as a solo artist), it followed Palmer's very popular album Riptide.

Heavy Nova continued Palmer's popularity with the single "Simply Irresistible", which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the U.S. The name Heavy Nova derives from Palmer's love of both heavy metal and bossa nova rhythms.

The album was recorded at Logic Studios, Milan, Italy and Compass Point Studios Bahamas.

The album peaked at No. 13 in the US, No. 17 in the UK and No. 15 in The Netherlands. The album was certified US Platinum by RIAA in November 1988 and UK Gold by BPI in November 1988. It remains Palmer's second most successful album worldwide, behind his 1985 album Riptide.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Robert Palmer except where noted.

  1. "Simply Irresistible" – 4:14
  2. "More Than Ever" – 3:25
  3. "Change His Ways" – 2:56
  4. "Disturbing Behaviour" – 3:45
  5. "Early in the Morning" (Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor, Charlie Wilson) – 4:42
  6. "It Could Happen to You" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:32
  7. "She Makes My Day" – 4:23
  8. "Between Us" – 4:49
  9. "Casting a Spell" – 3:57
  10. "Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming" (Michael Omartian, Bruce Sudano, Jay Gruska) – 3:46

Personnel[edit]

  • Robert Palmer - Vocals, producer
  • Tim Kramer - Engineer
  • Andrew Spigelman - Assistant Engineer
  • Bookie Espie - Assistant engineer
  • Eric "E.T." Thorngren - Mixing
  • Scott Forman - Assistant engineer
  • Roy Sweeting - Assistant engineer (at Compass Point)
  • Peter Bascombe - Production coordinator
  • David Harper - Executive producer
  • Dony Wynn - Drums
  • Frank Blair - Bass
  • William Bryant - Keyboards
  • Eddie Martinez - Guitar
  • Dom Um Romão - Percussion
  • Clare Fischer - Strings
  • Chuck Findley - Trumpet
  • Garth Hudson - Accordion, keyboards
  • Tom "T-Bone" Wolk - Accordion
  • Luka Belak - Violin
  • Richard Gibbs - Keyboards
  • Jeff Bova - Keyboards
  • Misha Schneider - Keyboards
  • Dennis Budemir - Guitar
  • John Grey - Guitar, Percussion
  • Barry "Sun John" Johnson - Bass
  • Joey Faahar - Drums
  • Robyn Lobe - Percussion
  • Tina Ann Hart - Backing vocals
  • Cover Photograph and Design by Susan Palmer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Heavy Nova" on All Music Guide. Retrieved on August 13, 2009