Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley

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Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
Robert Palmer Sneakin Sally.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1974
GenreRock
Length35:24
LabelIsland
ProducerSteve Smith
Robert Palmer chronology
Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
(1974)
Pressure Drop
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley is the debut solo album by Robert Palmer, released in 1974. It was his first effort after three album releases co-fronting the band Vinegar Joe.

Palmer is backed by The Meters and Lowell George of Little Feat. Multiple reviewers have commented that Palmer sang confidently on this album, despite being backed by more accomplished musicians such as Lowell George, Art Neville and New Orleans singer-songwriter Allen Toussaint.[2][3]

Recorded in New Orleans, Louisiana, New York, and Compass Point Studios in Nassau, the album was released on compact disc in 1987 by Wea manufacturing.

The album peaked at No. 107 in the US according to the Billboard 200 chart.[4]

The title track had previously been recorded by Lee Dorsey. It was issued by him in 1970 as a single on Polydor Records.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Robert Palmer except where noted.

  1. "Sailin' Shoes" (Lowell George) (Little Feat cover) – 2:44
  2. "Hey Julia" – 2:24
  3. "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley" (Allen Toussaint) (Lee Dorsey cover) – 4:21
  4. "Get Outside" – 4:32
  5. "Blackmail" (Robert Palmer, Lowell George) – 2:32
  6. "How Much Fun" – 3:02
  7. "From a Whisper to a Scream" (Allen Toussaint) (Allen Toussaint cover) – 3:32
  8. "Through It All There's You" – 12:17

Personnel[edit]

  • Robert Palmer – vocals
  • Steve Smith – producer
  • Phill Brownengineering, mixing
  • Ken Laxton – engineering
  • Alan Varner – engineering
  • Rhett Davies – engineering
  • Graham Hughes – artwork, cover photography
  • Vicki Brown – backing vocals (tracks 1, 2, 4)
  • Mongezi Feza (credited as Mongezi) - flageolet, horns (tracks 6, 8)

Tracks 1, 6, & 7 – The Meters

Track 3 – The Meters, Simon Phillips and Lowell George

Tracks 2, 4, 5, & 8 is the New York rhythm section

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley - Robert Palmer - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Robert Palmer - Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley CD Album". Cduniverse.com. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  4. ^ "Robert Palmer". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 January 2012.
  5. ^ "Lee Dorsey - Sneakin' Sally Thru The Alley / Tears Tears And More Tears". Discogs.com. Retrieved 12 July 2018.