Tempted by an Ace frontman
SINGER-SONGWRITER Paul Carrack, who plays Plymouth Pavilions tonight, has had one of the most enduring careers in music.
He's worked with everyone from The Eagles to Roxy Music as well as fronting Ace, Squeeze, Mike and the Mechanics plus enjoying a lengthy solo stint.
The Sheffield-born muso has a fabulous back catalogue of hits that includes such gems as How Long, Tempted and The Living Years.
Alongside these tonight he'll doubtless be playing tracks from his latest long player, Good Feeling – another offering of pure class that showcases him as one of the finest blue-eyed soul singers to come out of the UK.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Listen up especially for the singles, the title track of the album, with its fabulously infectious hook that was picked up by Radio 2, plus follow up Time To Move On, also heavily aired on radio, with its Motown horns vibe.
Now, aged 61, Paul considers himself to be at his creative best – more experienced with a more musical vocabulary.
But unlike many musos who need a certain amount of angst and anguish going on in their lives in order to feel inspired, Paul has managed to sustain a stable existence and remains married to his first wife.
"I have striven my level best to avoid trauma of any kind," he says, "to establish stability and security for my family.
"True, a lot of my songs have a certain melancholy to them, but that I think is down to losing my dad aged 11 – that was enough trauma to last a lifetime.
"My mum was left a widow, to bring up two boys – it was very tough."
That has meant taking sensible career options along the way and making the most of opportunities as they have arisen and there have been plenty of highs, the odd low and the a bit of rock'n'roll living along the way.
"The first was topping the charts in the US with How Long as lead singer with Ace.
"I was 23 and I'd been in bands since I was 16. To get there at last was affirmation that we were doing something right.
"Then leaving austerity Britain on our first US tour, the land of milk and honey, was such a big deal.
"Playing keyboards with Roxy Music was fun – then on to take Jools Holland's place in Squeeze, that was amazing.
"And joining Mike and the Mechanics was a real high, but then losing Paul Young, of course, was very painful [the vocalist and multi-instrumentalist died of a heart attack in 2000]."
By then the band had run its course and he would go on to work in his own right, as well as touring with Ringo Starr, sharing stages/recording studios with among others, BB King, Eric Clapton and Elton John.
In the Nineties he worked with the Eagles, co-penning tracks for their comeback album.
"I met them on our first tour of the US in '75 – they loved How Long.
"I stayed in contact with Tim Smidt and he use to come to solo shows.
"Then in the mid-Nineties he asked me to be involved with a new project which never came to fruition but we co-wrote Love Will Keep Us Alive.
"When the Eagles reformed they asked if they could use the track."
It became the most played single on the US in 1995 and the album it appeared on, Hell Freezes Over, got to number one in the States.