Song Of The Day: Robert Palmer – “Best Of Both Worlds” (1978)

Robert Palmer left us way, way too soon, passing away on this day in 2003 due to a heart attack at the age of 54. In the early Seventies Palmer was one of the first Rock artists to incorporate reggae rhythms into his music, combining them with his particular take on New Orleans-style rhythm and blues to create an polyrhythmic stew that was all his own. This song from his 1978 album Double Fun shows his infectious formula in glorious action, a really well-written song with a great lyric, melody and chord changes. By the early Eighties Palmer discovered a new, much-more lucrative formula of heavily synthesized Rock beats combined with videos of sexy girls, but to me his greatness will always reside in his brilliant Seventies work.


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