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Heavy Nova is the ninth solo studio album by Robert Palmer, released in 1988. His first album for EMI Records after a 15-year association with Island Records (both with Vinegar Joe and as a solo artist), it followed Palmer's very popular album Riptide.

Heavy Nova
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Studio album by
Released22 June 1988
Recorded1987
StudioLogic Studios (Milan, Italy); Compass Point Studios (Nassau, Bahamas)
GenreHard rock[1]
Length38:29
LabelEMI, Manhattan
ProducerRobert Palmer
Robert Palmer chronology
Riptide
(1985)
Heavy Nova
(1988)
Addictions: Volume 1
(1989)
Singles from Heavy Nova
  1. "Simply Irresistible"
    Released: June 22, 1988
  2. "She Makes My Day"
    Released: October 1988
  3. "Change His Ways"
    Released: May 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Heavy Nova continued Palmer's popularity with the single "Simply Irresistible", which spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the US. The name Heavy Nova derives from Palmer's love of both heavy metal and bossa nova rhythms.

The album was recorded at Logic Studios, Milan, Italy and Compass Point Studios Bahamas.

The album peaked at No. 13 in the US, No. 17 in the UK and No. 15 in The Netherlands. The album was certified US Platinum by RIAA in November 1988 and UK Gold by BPI in November 1988. It remains Palmer's second most successful album worldwide, behind his 1985 album Riptide.

Track listingEdit

All songs by Robert Palmer except where noted.

  1. "Simply Irresistible" – 4:14
  2. "More Than Ever" – 3:25
  3. "Change His Ways" – 2:56
  4. "Disturbing Behaviour" – 3:45
  5. "Early in the Morning" (Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor, Charlie Wilson) – 4:42
  6. "It Could Happen to You" (Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:32
  7. "She Makes My Day" – 4:23
  8. "Between Us" – 4:49
  9. "Casting a Spell" – 3:57
  10. "Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming" (Michael Omartian, Bruce Sudano, Jay Gruska) – 3:46

PersonnelEdit

  • Robert Palmer – vocals
  • Eddie Martinez – guitar
  • William Bryant – keyboards
  • Misha Schneider – keyboards
  • Frank Blair – bass guitar
  • Dony Wynn – drums
  • Dennis Budemir – additional guitar
  • John Grey – additional guitar, additional percussion
  • Garth Hudsonaccordion, additional keyboards
  • Jeff Bova & Richard Gibbs – additional keyboards
  • Tom Wolk – accordion
  • Barry "Sun John" Johnson – additional bass guitar
  • Ricky Fataar – additional drums
  • Dom Um Romão – percussion, additional backing vocals
  • Robyn Lobe – additional percussion
  • Rick Danko & B.J. Nelson – additional backing vocals
  • Chuck Findley – trumpet
  • Luka Belak – violin
  • Clare Fischer – strings

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Heavy Nova" on All Music Guide. Retrieved on 13 August 2009

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