|Studio album by Robert Palmer|
|Recorded||Spring-Late Summer 1985|
|Studio||Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas|
|Robert Palmer chronology|
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. 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 single "Addicted to Love" 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. In September 1986, Palmer performed "Addicted to Love" at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles. 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.
Another single from Riptide, his cover of Cherrelle's "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On", also performed well (US#2, UK#9). 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).
Riptide was reissued on 30 April 2013 by Culture Factory USA, an independent label that specialises 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.
In 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."
|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|
|5.||"Get It Through Your Heart" (Palmer)||2:49|
|6.||"I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" (James Harris III, Terry Lewis)||3:43|
|7.||"Flesh Wound" (Frank Blair, Palmer)||3:43|
|8.||"Discipline of Love" (David Batteau, Don Freeman)||6:06|
|9.||"Riptide (Reprise)" (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn)||2:00|
- Additional tracks
|Bonus tracks on 2013 release|
In popular culture
- The track "Hyperactive" was used in the 1987 film The Bedroom Window.
- Robert Palmer – vocals, bass, guitar, drums, keyboards
- Tony Thompson – drums
- Dony Wynn – drums (tracks 5, 8)
- Bernard Edwards – bass, production
- Eddie Martinez – guitar
- Andy Taylor – guitar (track 3)
- Guy Pratt - bass (track 8)
- Lenny Pickett – saxophone
- Benny Diggs – backing vocals (track 3)
- Fonzi Thornton – backing vocals (track 3)
- Wally Badarou – keyboards
- Jeff Bova – keyboards
- Jack Waldman – keyboards
- Chaka Khan – vocal arrangement (track 3)
- Jason Corsaro - engineer
- Jack Skinner - mastering
- Barry Diament - CD mastering
|Canadian Albums Chart||2|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||13|
|UK Albums Chart||5|
|US Billboard 200||8|
|Island||90471-1, 7 90471-1||US||Vinyl||1985|
|Island||610 541-222, CID 130, 90471-2||GE||CD||1985|
|Island||407 083-630, 407 083||GE||Cassette||1985|
|Island||A4-90471, A4 90471||US||Cassette||1985|
|Island||ISLC-1066, ISLC 1066||CA||Cassette||1985|
|Island||ILPS 9801||UK, IRE, PO, SC||Vinyl||1985|
|Island||P35D 20010||JP||CD||24 April 1987|
|Island, Island Masters||826 463-2, IMCD 25||EU||CD||1989|
|Island Masters||PSCD-1152||JP||CD||25 November 1991|
|Island Masters||UICY-6600||JP||CD||22 November 2006|
|Culture Factory||782026||FRA||CD||30 April 2013|
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