When I turned up at Guildford’s superb new venue G-Live to see Paul Carrack, I couldn’t name any of his compositions or hits. Turns out he’s one of those silent running music giants of the deep. Played with everyone and been everywhere and even wrote a song for the Eagles comeback tour “Hell freezes over”.
As Wikipedia says:
Paul Carrack (born 22 April 1951) is an English singer, songwriter and musician who has recorded as both a solo artist and as a member of several popular bands. The BBC has called Carrack “The Man with the Golden Voice”, and described him as a “national treasure.” Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic characterised him as “perhaps the best blue-eyed soul singer the [pub rock] scene produced.”
Carrack rose to prominence in the mid-1970s as the frontman and principal songwriter of Ace, and gained further recognition for his work as a solo artist and for his tenures as a member of Roxy Music, Squeeze and Roger Waters’ backing group, The Bleeding Heart Band, intermittently handling lead vocals on Squeeze and Waters recordings. From the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, he enjoyed perhaps his greatest success as the co-frontman (with Paul Young) and a songwriter for Mike + The Mechanics; following Young’s death in 2000, Carrack served as the band’s sole lead vocalist until his departure in 2004. He maintains an active solo career to the present day.
Carrack sang some of his affiliated bands’ best-known hits, including Ace’s “How Long?”; Squeeze’s “Tempted”; and Mike + The Mechanics’ “Silent Running”, “The Living Years” and “Over My Shoulder”. He also performed lead vocals on tracks from the Roger Waters albums Radio K.A.O.S. and The Wall – Live in Berlin, and achieved a major solo hit with “Don’t Shed a Tear”. Carrack’s songs have been recorded by artists such as the Eagles, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald and Jools Holland, and he has served as a session and/or touring musician for the likes of Elton John, Ringo Starr, B.B. King, The Pretenders and The Smiths.”
His style of soul music works well in G-Live a 1,000 seater venue that feels more intimate than the numbers suggest.
Check out “How Long” on YouTube
A great evening – don’t miss Paul if one of his tour dates is close by! The dates are on his website – http://www.paulcarrack.net/
One word of warning if, like me, you have damaged hearing, you’ll need some ear plugs because the bass player is so loud everyone else has to TURN IT UP to make themselves heard! If you like it that way, go for it.