Robert Palmer: Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley (Island ILPS 9294)
Sam Sutherland, Phonograph Record, July 1975
ENGLISH REVERENCE for rhythm & blues hasn't stopped with urban and country models of past decades, and as increasing numbers of Britons emulate contemporary R&B styles, new source points are being defined. Among them is New Orleans' musical community and its most celebrated proponents, Allen Toussaint and the Meters, who've taken the process a step further by recording with English and Scottish musicians. In the past year, Island has released three of these collaborations overseas, starting with Frankie Miller and continuing with albums by Jess Roden and now Robert Palmer. Import action for the last of these has prompted its release, and a single listen explains why.
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