Riptide (album)

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Riptide
Studio album by Robert Palmer
Released November 1985
Recorded Spring-Late Summer 1985
Studio Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Genre
Length 34:55
Label Island
Producer Bernard Edwards
Robert Palmer chronology
Pride
(1983)
Riptide
(1985)
Heavy Nova
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Riptide is the eighth solo studio album by the British singer Robert Palmer. It was originally released in November 1985. The album was recorded over a period of three months in 1985, at Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas, and is generally regarded as the culmination of the smoother, more adult-oriented sound of Palmer's later work. The album charted at number 8 in the US and No. 5 in the UK. It was certified double platinum in the US by the RIAA in March 1996 and certified gold in the UK by BPI in August 1986. It featured the songs "Addicted to Love", "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On", "Discipline of Love", and "Riptide" which were all released as singles. The song "Addicted to Love" [3][4] The single was accompanied by a memorable and much-imitated music video, directed by Terence Donovan, in which Palmer is surrounded by a bevy of near-identically clad, heavily made-up (and appropriately pouty) female "musicians," either mimicking or mocking the painting style of Patrick Nagel.[5] In September 1986, Palmer performed "Addicted to Love" at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles.[6] In 1987, he won the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Addicted to Love". At the 1987 Brit Awards, Palmer received his first nomination for Best British Male.[7]

Another single from Riptide, his cover of Cherrelle's "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On", also performed well (US#2, UK#9).[5] Another song, "Trick Bag," was written by one of his major influences, New Orleans jazz artist Earl King.

For the album, Palmer collaborated with two former members from The Power Station, guitarist Andy Taylor and drummer Tony Thompson. The Power Station's producer Bernard Edwards also played bass and produced the album. The album also features contributions from American Singer-songwriter Chaka Khan, Level 42's keyboardist Wally Badarou, and session musicians Guy Pratt, Jeff Bova, Eddie Martinez, and Jack Waldman (who died a year after the album's release[8]).

2013 reissue[edit]

Riptide was reissued on 30 April 2013 by Culture Factory USA, an independent label that specializes in cult artists. The reissue CD was packaged in a miniature replica of the original quality vinyl packaging complete with an inner sleeve that features the original lyrics, photographs of Palmer and credits for the album. The label side of the CD features a replica of what the original Island label looked like at the time of issue and even features "grooves" as if the black CD is made of vinyl.

The reissues did not have any additional outtakes or bonus tracks.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review music critic Robert Christgau gave the album a "C-" and panned it as "his pop breakthrough" and added that "what makes him barely listenable is his holdings in r&b."[10]

In a a retrospective review, an anonymous critic for AllMusic gave the album four and a half out of five stars and wrote that "Riptide packages Robert Palmer's voice and suave personality into a commercial series of mostly rocking songs that seem custom-tailored to be chart hits."

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Riptide" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) 2:24
2. "Hyperactive" (Tony Haynes, Dennis Nelson, Robert Palmer) 5:08
3. "Addicted to Love" (Palmer) 6:01
4. "Trick Bag" (Earl King) 3:01

Side two[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Get It Through Your Heart" (Palmer) 2:49
2. "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" (James Harris III, Terry Lewis) 3:43
3. "Flesh Wound" (Frank Blair, Palmer) 3:43
4. "Discipline of Love" (David Batteau, Don Freeman) 6:06
5. "Riptide (Reprise)" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) 2:00
Total length:
34:55
Additional tracks

In popular culture[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1985-86) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[11] 2
New Zealand Albums Chart[12] 13
UK Albums Chart[13] 5
US Billboard 200[14] 8

Release history[edit]

Label Cat. No. Format Date
Island 90471-1, 7 90471-1 US Vinyl 1985[15]
Island 7 90471-4 US Cassete 1985[16]
Island 610 541-222, CID 130, 90471-2 GE CD 1985[17]
Island ICT 9801 UK Casette 1985[18]
Island 407 083-630, 407 083 GE Casette 1985[19]
Island ZCI-9801 UK Casette 1985[20]
Island A4-90471, A4 90471 US Casette 1985[21]
Island ISLC-1066, ISLC 1066 CA Casette 1985[22]
Island ILPS 9801 UK, IRE, PO, SC Vinyl 1985[23][24][25][26]
Island R25D-2014 JP Vinyl 1985[27]
Island ISL 1066 CA Vinyl 1985[28]
Island 7 90471-2 US CD 1986[29]
Island P35D 20010 JP CD 24 April 1987[30]
Island, Island Masters 826 463-2, IMCD 25 EU CD 1989[31]
Island Masters PSCD-1152 JP CD 25 November 1991[32]
Island Masters UICY-6600 JP CD 22 November 2006[33]
Culture Factory 782026 FRA CD 30 April 2013[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Riptide" on All Music Guide. Retrieved on August 13, 2009
  2. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Robert+Palmer
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2006). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits. Billboard Books
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums. London: Guinness World Records Limited
  5. ^ Cite error: The named reference The_Great_Rock_Discography was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  6. ^ 1986 MTV Video Music Awards MTV.com. Retrieved 5 December 2011
  7. ^ BRITs Profile: Robert Palmer. Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 14 April 2012
  8. ^ http://www.artistswithaids.org/national/registry.html#musicians
  9. ^ "Home". Culturefactoryusa.com. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  10. ^ http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_artist.php?name=Robert+Palmer
  11. ^ "LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES CANADA". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  12. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  13. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  14. ^ "Music News, Reviews, Articles, Information, News Online & Free Music". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  15. ^ "Riptide 1". Discogs. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  16. ^ "Riptide 2". Discogs. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  17. ^ "Riptide 3". Discogs. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  18. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/4147601
  19. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/1974994
  20. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/3013373
  21. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/395015
  22. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/5898374
  23. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/471426
  24. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/3708936
  25. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/5688329
  26. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/1450918
  27. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/1623211
  28. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/4022055
  29. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/2369965
  30. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/5937877
  31. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/2852675
  32. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/3302652
  33. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/4022055
  34. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Palmer-Riptide/release/5315467

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