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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Hewn From The Living Vinyl via New Orleans

Because he was talented and good looking, Robert Palmer got the full treatment from Island in 1974. He said he wanted to record in New Orleans with the Meters and Lowell George and so they arranged it. These were the guys that everybody wanted to sound like in the early ’70s because they seemed to have a handle on a strain of funk that was polished but rootsy at the same time. Most of the songs on "Sneaking Sally Through The Alley" were provided by the likes of Little Feat and Allen Toussaint but this track "Get Outside" was his stab at writing in the same vernacular. They were the sort of band that proved the old adage "nobody's actually playing what you're hearing". And on vinyl it still sounds fantastic.