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Morning Song – Sailing Shoes/Hey Julia/Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley

June 2, 2017

By 1974 Robert Palmer had spent a decade bouncing around as a singer for several different English bands playing several different genres of music.

So to record his first solo album he went to New Orleans, where musical genres have been mixing together in a gumbo of sound for centuries, and where the Meters (known at the time as the best funk band in America that couldn’t get a recording contract) were his studio band, and Little Feat’s Lowell George (who knew a thing or two about blue-eyed soul/funk/jazz/rock) was his producer.

The trilogy that opens the album—George’s “Sailing Shoes”, Palmer’s “Hey Julia”, and New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint’s “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley”—is a cocaine-fueled (just guessing here) funky, soulful, bluesy delight to the ears and the feet.

Welcome to the weekend.


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