8 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Robert Palmer’s first solo album marks the intersection of several extraordinary musical forces. Recorded in New Orleans, New York, and Nassau, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley is a quintessentially American album, even though Palmer was a sharp-dressed Englishman. His dream collaborators were the New Orleans funk ensemble The Meters, Allen Toussaint, and Little Feat, and—thanks to Alabama-born producer Steve Smith—that’s exactly who he got for his first solo outing. Pairing Little Feat's Lowell George with The Meters was a stroke of genius. The ensemble invests George’s “Sailin’ Shoes” with a sleek, percolating groove that outperforms Little Feat’s much-loved original. The patience and stylishness that Palmer and company bring to “Get Outside,” “Hey Julia," and Toussaint’s “From a Whisper to a Scream” is a radical antidote to the overblown production methods of the mid-'70s. Homegrown, humid, and distinctly nontraditional, the atmosphere of Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley remains extraordinary even when compared with much better-known works by Leon Russell or Dr. John.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Robert Palmer’s first solo album marks the intersection of several extraordinary musical forces. Recorded in New Orleans, New York, and Nassau, Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley is a quintessentially American album, even though Palmer was a sharp-dressed Englishman. His dream collaborators were the New Orleans funk ensemble The Meters, Allen Toussaint, and Little Feat, and—thanks to Alabama-born producer Steve Smith—that’s exactly who he got for his first solo outing. Pairing Little Feat's Lowell George with The Meters was a stroke of genius. The ensemble invests George’s “Sailin’ Shoes” with a sleek, percolating groove that outperforms Little Feat’s much-loved original. The patience and stylishness that Palmer and company bring to “Get Outside,” “Hey Julia," and Toussaint’s “From a Whisper to a Scream” is a radical antidote to the overblown production methods of the mid-'70s. Homegrown, humid, and distinctly nontraditional, the atmosphere of Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley remains extraordinary even when compared with much better-known works by Leon Russell or Dr. John.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
60 Ratings
60 Ratings
mairecon ,

Musician credits at last!

There were never any music credits listed on this album but here they are - thanks to Steve York!

Tracks 1 & 3 are The Meters’ Art Neville (keyboards), Leo Nocentelli (guitar), George Porter (bass), Joseph Modeliste (drums). Steve York (harmonica solo) on Track 3.

Track 2 was recorded with UK musicians including Jim Mullen (guitar) and Jody Linscott (percussion). Jim & Jody may have overdubbed on other tracks.

I am not sure which band plays on track 4.

Tracks 5, 6, 7 & 8 is the New York rhythm section of Cornell Dupree (guitar), Richard Tee (piano), Gordon Edwards (bass) & Bernard Purdie (drums).

Lowell George is present on guitar on most of the album. Allan Toussaint also was involved in this record - his studio in New Orleans was used for some of this & two of his songs are on the record. I recall Robert telling me that Allan co-produced some of this record but in do not know for sure.

- per Steve York

Grimmbo ,

"Everyone Will Start To Cheer!"

.."When You Put On Your Sailin' Shoes!".."Tryin' To Keep Her Out Of Sight!"..Oohh; Yeah!-This is "Blue-Eyed Soul Music!" at it's finest! Way before the Monotonous Models & the Suave Suits; Robert Palmer was a strong singer back in his native England with quite a few Rock & Blues Bands! "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley" finds him hooking up with members of Little Feat & The Meters; and let me tell you; "How Much Fun" it was when this LP got much radio play @ 1974! {Especially the Triology of: Sailin' Shoes/Hey Julia/Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley=Talk about "Gettin' The Party Started; Y'All!"} Robert Palmer had a great run of Good albums; Hit singles & He was "Music-Video Savvy"; to boot! (Gone too soon; like many of our best "Soul Men!") "Sally" is yet another "Sweet Seventies Set!"...by Grimmbo.

Snob King ,

Thanks iTunes 7!

I concur with the aformentioned praise and want to applaud
whomever included the "gapless" album option.
It's the only way to achieve true bliss from the "Trilogy",
which is invariably what listeners called it when requesting it
back in the day.

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