"I was actually amazed that this album was actually bashed in some of the reviews I read. I guess that it's a good example of how music hits people in different ways. I have never written a review on any of amazons CDs, but I though this one deserves a quick one. To me, this is one of the best albums that I own. Interestingly enough, I am not a Robert Palmer fan, but his voice on this album I think is incredible, and very far from the "addicted to love" era. I am often amazed that it is actually him behind the vocals. Every tune has something different going on in it. Safe to say, if you are a Meters or a Little Feat fan, you will love this album. George (matters) Porter's bass lines (as always) keep a groove that is very rarely re-produced. I think it is an excellent album to own."
J Ciampa | 02/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Someone once wrote that you can think of Robert Palmer having 2 careers. One started with this album; the second started with "Addicted to Love" and the slickly produced videos. In the early days he was greatly influenced by Little Feat; in fact, several members played on his 1st several albums. So, if you like the later Robert Palmer, there's a good chance you won't like his early stuff. Personally, I like ALL of his stuff. And THIS album has the most dramatic Little Feat influence. That's why I love it."
Best beginning to an album ever!
backeast | 03/31/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The first 3 tracks of this one: Sailing Shoes, Hey Julia, and the title-track blend all too well together therefore starting off an album like no other that I've ever heard. I'm so surprised this isn't heralded more among music listeners in general. It should be classic! Very jammy, with a Dead/Little Feat/reggae feel to them, these opening tracks let forth enough momentum to push straight through the much slower 'Get Outside' onto the soulful/upbeat again (though not nearly as much as the first three) tracks 'Blackmail' and 'How Much Fun'. The final two tracks is where the album slows down once again, this time for good. 'From a Whisper to a Scream', at 3 and a half minutes, and 'Through it All There's You' (OVER 12) is where the listener simply chills out, taking in the psychadelia. And to think that this would end up progressing over 10 years later to 'Addictive to Love'. Yes, it was a hot track for its time (MTV and all - the 80s!), but to me 1974's 'Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley' STILL stands; especially its first three tracks!"
This CD is awesome!
backeast | 10/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of my favorites...it's funky and fun and always a hit! An obscure, uncommercial Robert Palmer (pre-Addicted to Love, thank goodness!)"