Pressure Drop, the follow-up to 1974’s Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley would find Robert Palmer at an interesting crossroads in his career as despite the great craftsmanship on his previous LP he was still vastly unknown outside of the NYC music scene. As a result, Pressure Drop was not as cohesive as an album due to the desire to be more commercial. Unfortunately for Palmer, 1976 was a time where schmaltzy and breezy arrangements were in high demand and despite his best efforts this makes the album quite dated. However, the highlights on here stand up along with the best of Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley, from the title track (a cover of the famous Toots & The Maytals tune), to the slow burn of “Fine Time” as well as the rollicking “Riverboat” and “Trouble”,it’s quite clear (even from the album cover) that Palmer and his crack session band of Little Feat and the Muscle Shoals Horn Section and even James Jamerson (the bassist of Motown fame) have a whole lot of fun.
It’s been a while but Art of The Mixtape is back in action with a mixtape for these good old summer days whether its lying on a beach, grilling dinner, or just relaxing in your own home, these grooves should put you in the perfect mood for the summer months. This mixtape features classics from artists like George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen, Warren Zevon, Little Feat, Bob Marley, and Miles Davis, as well as some artists you may not have heard of. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the tunes.
A new feature here on Art of the Mixtape is Small Stack Tuesdays, an ode to those good old 45’s and 78’s from back in the day. The inaugural edition features a great duet from two unlikely sources as well some great other bands recent releases. Stay tuned and enjoy the music.
Tomorrow Goes Away- Delta Spirit
Cold War (Nice Clean Fight)- The Morning Benders
Why Don’t We Do It In The Road- The Beatles
The Beatles- Her Majesty
In pop music it seems that shorter is better and in this debut of a weekly series I’ve compiled a few remarkable songs that manage to transfix the listener and make them forget the brevity of the song length. Whether it’s the Revolver flavored “Tomorrow Goes Away” the absolute gem of “Cold War” the amazing vocal workout of “Why Don’t We Do it in The Road” or the quick little tongue-in-cheek “Her Majesty”. All of the above will make your day out for the better, and barely take up any of your time. Enjoy the free downloads after the jump.