Robert Palmer “Some People Can Do What They Like”

Posted 21 Dec 2010 in 70s, Albums of 1976, Albums of the 70s, Rock + Roll

Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#231 in the Series) is Robert Palmer, Some People Do What They Want.

Some People Can Do What They Like (SPCDWTL) was Robert Palmer’s third album.  It follows two great releases, Sneaking Sally thru the Alley and Pressure Drop. This has sometimes been referred to often as the ‘Little Feat Album.’ Why, because most of Little Feat appears on the disc and he also covers Lowell George’s ‘Spanish Moon.’   Lowell and Little Fear bassist Kenny Gradney are the only two members to not appear. Robert must really love his regular bassist, Pierre Brock!

‘One Last Look’ and ‘Keep in Touch’ receive mention. ‘Man Smart (Woman Smarter)’ and ‘the title cut ‘SPCDWTL’ receive special mention!

SPCDWTL, 1976, peaked at #68 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart.

‘Man Smart (Woman Smarter)’ peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.


  • Robert Palmer – vocals
  • Chuck Rainey – bass
  • Paul Barrere – guitar, background vocals
  • Chilli Charles – timbales
  • Pierre Brock – bass
  • Greg Carroll – harmonica
  • Sam Clayton – percussion, background vocals
  • Robert Greenidge – steel drums & pans
  • Freddie Harris – guitar
  • Richard Hayward – drums
  • Carol Kaye – guitar
  • Jody Linscott – percussion, Conductor
  • Jeff Porcaro – drums
  • Bill Payne – keyboards, background vocals
  • James Allen Smith – keyboards
  • Freddie Wall – guitar
  • Michael “Spider” Webb – drums
  • William D. “Smitty” Smith – keyboards
  • Arthur Smith – ocarina, penny whistle

Track listing

  1. “One Last Look” (Bill Payne, Fran Tate) – 4:22
  2. “Keep in Touch” (Robert Palmer) – 3:25
  3. “Man Smart (Woman Smarter)” (David Kleiber) – 2:35
  4. “Spanish Moon” (Lowell George) – 5:58
  5. “Have Mercy” (Don Covay) – 3:50
  6. “Gotta Get a Grip on You, Pt. II” (Robert Palmer, Alan Powell) – 3:57
  7. “What Can You Bring Me” (James Gadson) – 3:43
  8. “Hard Head” (John Watson) – 4:30
  9. “Off the Bone” (Phil Brown, Robert Palmer, S. Smith) – 2:18
  10. “Some People Can Do What They Like” (Robert Palmer) – 4:09

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Posted by Larry Carta

1 Comment

  1. Lynn Hall (22 Dec 2010, 15:40)

    I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!!!!!! I bought it when it came out!!!! I had no idea Little Feat was his back up until I read the liner notes. Bonnie Raitt came to Memphis and it was LIttle Feat who warmed up for her and she and Lowell George played together!!! It was at the Memphis Ellis Audtorium, I think that was the name, it’s been so long ago. I bought Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley and it killed!!! But not like Some People!! Man that was a stronjg record!! I love Little Feat, I love Lowell George!! I am a die hard fan!!

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