Robert Palmer / “Sneakin’ Sally” bonus cuts emerge on new reissue

Robert Palmer / Sneaking Sally Through The Alley reissue
1974’s “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley” saw Palmer backed by The Meters and Lowell George of Little Feat

Robert Palmer‘s classic debut, 1974’s Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley is the lastest in a line of Palmer reissues from the Culture Factory record label.

The same company have already tackled albums such as Secrets (1979), Clues (1980) and Double Fun (1978) in the last few years, but apart from rather nice mini-LP CD vinyl replica sleeves, none of those releases have come with any bonus material.

The eight-track Sneakin’ Sally will buck this trend, and comes with four additional bonus tracks: a single mix of Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley, Epidemic (Sneakin’ Sally B-side) and alternate takes of album tracks Blackmail and Get Outside.

Fans have long been frustrated by how Palmer’s eight studio albums for Island Records have been neglected, in terms of expanded deluxe reissues, and it is not particularly clear why or how Culture Factory have managed to negotiate access to this bonus material when none of the other albums have got the same treatment. The hit-laden Riptide from 1985 is also being reissued at the same time as Sneakin’ Sally, but features nothing extra.

Both Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley and Riptide will be issued on 21 May in the US but Sneakin’ Sally is available next week in France.

Robert Palmer / Sneaking Sally Through The Alley reissue
OBI-style strip confirms the track listing for the Sneakin’ Sally reissue from Culture Factory (France)


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I’m a big Robert Palmer fan from way back and I own the Culture Factory reissues of all his albums. I think they sound great, bright and punchy with good clarity.


Their mastering is usually horrible. Trumps the packaging and bonuses for me…


I have heard all those Robert Palmer Culture Factory reissues and to be honest they sound dreadful so i wouldn’t hold out any hope for this to sound any better. Why Riptide hasn’t had a deluxe version released is an absolute disgrace. I see Island is now owned by Universal it’s about time they gave us proper remasters of his back catalogue.


I bought the three John Cale reissues from this label, and I was left underwhelmed. The Mini LP cover art is nice (as is the inner sleeve of Slow Dazzle), but comparable to Japanese Mini LP’s they’re not. For one there is glue residue inside the covers of all of mine – meaning the inner sleeve and CD only going in if I position them just so. Further, the mastering is quite poor, being horribly thin and shrill. All the Cale reissues sound better in their older releases.

I don’t know if this applies only to the Cale reissues or not – but it’ll be interesting to see what people think once they have this in their hands.