Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Robert Palmer – You Overwhelm Me (Remix)

Lost but not least! Robert Palmer – You Overwhelm Me (Remix) (Island)

One of the hightlights of Robert Palmer‘s ‘Double Fun’ album released back in 1978, ‘You Overwhelm Me’ resurfaced 14 years after with a remix version. At the command, Brit producers Simon Law and Lee Hamblin, remembered for their collaborations with Soul II Soul! And what a remix they did, bringing Palmer to unsuspected territories, with such an elegance as well…

A piece of Blue-Eyed Soul brilliantly brought to House territories with outstanding arrangements. It nevertheless would have deserved way more than a limited 12″ promo release as the B-side of Eric Kupper‘s remix of ‘You Are In My System’!

Missed it? Feel free to give it a listen and let us know what you think…

Overview
Gifted with a unique distinctive voice, British singer Robert Palmer embraced many different styles, from Jazz, to Rock and Soul. It took him quite some time to establish himself a status though.
Recognition therefore came in 1978 with the release of ‘Double Fun’. An album in a Caribbean-influenced Rock vein most likely remembered for including the Andy Fraser penned ‘Every Kinda People’. But also the Reggaeish ‘Best Of Both World’ and the smooth and soulful ‘You Overwhelm Me’. A cut which Simon ‘The Funky Ginger’ Law and Lee Hamblin beautifully remixed 14 years later…

A year later, and Palmer would be rocking with his cover version of Moon Martin‘s ‘Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor)’. Another one, and he would go Pop with the friendly ‘Johnny And Mary’. The album ‘Pride’ featuring ‘You Are In My System’ followed back in 1983, although generating mixed reviews.

One the heels of his first recordings as a member of Power Station, Palmer released his ‘Riptide’ album in 1985. An LP which featured another cover version by the likes of ‘I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On’ which Cherrelle originally performed the year before.

Palmer kept on experimenting, flirting this time with Bossa Nova on his 1988 ‘Heavy Nova’ album and most likely ‘Simply Irresistible’ which happened to be his final hit.

Robert Palmer sadly died in a Paris hotel room from a cardiac arrest on Sept. 26, 2003. He was 54…

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