Robert Palmer – Clues (Used Vinyl)
Mid 80s Canadian reissue on Island Records. Excellent condition.
Vinyl Condition: NM
Sleeve Condition: NM
Clues is the sixth studio album by Robert Palmer, released in 1980. It has a rockier, new wave edge compared to his previous releases. The album peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart and No. 31 in the UK in 1980. The album also peaked at No. 1 in Sweden, No. 3 in France, No. 15 in the Netherlands and No. 42 in Italy. Donald Guarisco of AllMusic described Clues as "one of Robert Palmer's strongest and most consistent albums", despite being somewhat short at 31 minutes.
Palmer, who played percussion on Talking Heads' Remain in Light, had the favour returned when the band's drummer Chris Frantz played bass drum on "Looking for Clues" along with Palmer's drummer, Dony Wynn. Andy Fraser, the former bassist of Free and the author of Palmer's first breakthrough single "Every Kinda People", played bass on the album on two songs. New wave musician Gary Numan co-wrote a song with Palmer (another co-write between the two appearing on Maybe It's Live) and played keyboards on a remake of his own song "I Dream of Wires". This was first issued on CD in 1985 when Island's catalogue was issued under WEA Manufacturing. The WEA pressings are sought-after collector's items.
The video to the first track on the album, "Looking for Clues", aired on MTV's first day of broadcasting, on 1 August 1981.
A1 Looking For Clues
A2 Sulky Girl
A3 Johnny And Mary
A4 What Do You Care
B1 I Dream Of Wires
B2 Woke Up Laughing
B3 Not A Second Time
B4 Found You Now