1988 Robert Palmer – Heavy Nova

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



BassFrank Blair
DrumsDony Wynn
DrumsRicky Fataar
GuitarEddie Martinez
GuitarDennis Budimir
GuitarJohn Grey
KeyboardsWilliam Bryant
KeyboardsJeff Bova
KeyboardsRichard Gibbs
KeyboardsGarth Hudson
AccordionT-Bone Wolk
AccordionGarth Hudson
TrumpetChuck Findley
ViolinLuka Belak
PercussionJohn Grey
PercussionRobin Lobe
PercussionDom Um Romao
Background VocalsBJ Nelson
Background VocalsRick Danko
VocalsRobert Palmer

Liner Notes

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