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 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.
1 Simply Irresistible (Robert Palmer) 04:14
2 More Than Ever (Robert Palmer) 03:25
3 Change His Ways (Robert Palmer) 02:56
4 Disturbing Behavior (Robert Palmer) 03:45
5 Early In The Morning (Charlie Wilson; Lonnie Simmons; Rudy Taylor) 04:43
6 It Could Happen To You (Johnny Burke; Jimmy Van Heusen) 02:32
7 She Makes My Day (Robert Palmer) 04:23
8 Between Us (Robert Palmer) 04:50
9 Casting A Spell (Robert Palmer) 03:57
10 Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming (Bruce Sudano; Jay Gruska; Michael Omartian) 03:47
|Percussion||Dom Um Romao|
|Background Vocals||BJ Nelson|
|Background Vocals||Rick Danko|
Producer – Robert Palmer
Producer (Executive) – David Harper
Coordinator – Richard Coble
Art Direction – Robert Palmer
Design – Henry Marquez
Engineer – Tim Kramer
Engineer (Assistant)– Roy Sweeting, Bookie Espie, Scott Forman
Mixed By – Eric Thorngren
Strings – Clare Fischer
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Remlap Co. Inc.
Copyright (c) – Remlap Co. Inc.
Recorded At – Logic Studios
Recorded At – Compass Point Studios
Mixed At – Hit Factory Mastering