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"The Power Station"
© Capitol Records
Year of Release: 1985
Some Like It Hot
Get It On
(Bang A Gong)
Go To Zero
Harvest For The World
Still In Your Heart
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"The Power Station"
The Power Station was one of those many "SuperGroups" -- where members of
well-known groups get together for an album or two. The band members consisted
of Duran Duran's John Taylor and Andy Taylor (no relation), Chic's Tony Thompson,
and popular English soul singer Robert Palmer providing the lead vocals. A
super album, their debut The Power Station received some heavy airplay
when it was released with the remake of T. Rex's "Get It On (Bang A Gong)"
and the Duran Duran-ish "Some Like It Hot." Power Pop in the style of
Duran Duran and great heavy guitar works makes this album an impressive listen.
There were only 8 songs on this debut, and with the two popular hits
mentioned, there are other great tunes that could of easily been given heavy
airplay. Take for instance, the driving "Murderess" -- it definitely can
be recognized as a Robert Palmer solo recording, as being compared to the dance
style of what would become popular the next year (1986) for Palmer, his album
Riptide featuring his only #1 hit of his career, "Addicted To Love."
"Lonely Tonight" definitely has the pop soul of Palmer, where
"Communication" has the pop dance style of Duran Duran.
"Go To Zero" combines the dance pop and soul, perfecting Palmer's
style and voice. Is Robert Palmer singing lead on "Harvest For The World" ?
My guess is no, as this song seems to be more of a Duran Duran styled song than
that of Palmer's, with its vocal style and dance rhythms. The closing song,
"Still In Your Heart" is a bit moody, yet the vocals are recognizably so,
that of Robert Palmer.
The debut of The Power Station is a definite good listen. Powerful
music, soulful, it provided a great musical side project for Robert Palmer,
Duran Duran and Chic. Only Robert Palmer and John Taylor would record the Power
Station's 2nd and final album, Living in Fear, in 1996. (I didn't know
the Power Station name released a second album, when I noticed it a party I was
at recently) With the success of their first release, I'm curious to find their
second album, and see if it's as good as their debut.
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