Paul Carrack – Nightbird (1980)

FrontCover1Paul Melvyn 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 dubbed Carrack “The Man with the Golden Voice”, and described him as “something of a national treasure”.] William Pinfold of Record Collector remarked: “If vocal talent equalled financial success, Paul Carrack would be a bigger name than legends such as Phil Collins or Elton John.”

Carrack arose 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 considerable 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, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, B.B. King, The Pretenders and The Smiths.

Carrack’s recording career began with the jazz rock band Warm Dust, who released three albums of original material between 1970 and 1972. Carrack was the keyboard player for the band, occasionally playing other instruments, with Les Walker as the lead vocalist.

WithWarmDustAfter Warm Dust broke up, Carrack and Warm Dust bassist Terry “Tex” Comer helped to found the pub rock band Ace. Carrack both wrote and was vocalist on the band’s debut single “How Long?” which was a 1975 hit in both UK and US. No further Ace recordings enjoyed the same level of popularity, however.

WithAceIn 1977 Ace disbanded, and Carrack began working as a backing musician for Frankie Miller. Subsequently, he was a member of Roxy Music, playing keyboards on their 1979 reunion album Manifesto. Carrack would also play on the next two Roxy Music albums, but as a session musician, not a band member.

Shortly after leaving Roxy Music full-time, Carrack issued his first solo album, 1980’s Nightbird. It was not a commercial success. (by wikipedia)

And because it was not a commerical sucess is this album a very rare album. And if you to know, how rock sounds in the early Eighties … listen … and you´ll hear some really fine moments and take a look to all the musicians of this album … another great line-up!

Richard Bailey (drums)
Guy Barker (horn)
Paul Carrack (keyboards, vocals, guitar)
Mel Collins (horn)
Winston Delandro (guitar)
Martin Drover (horn)
Malcolm Griffiths (horn)
Kuma Harada (bass)
Neil Hubbard (guitar)
Neville Murray (percussion)
Andy Newmark (drums)
Tim Renwick (guitar)
Jeff Seopardie (drums)
Alan Spenner (bass)
Background vocals:
Bam King – Dyan Birch – Noel McCalla

01. Beauty’s Only Skin Deep (Whitfield/Holland) 2.54
02. There’s A Good Chance (Carrack) 4.14
03. In Love With Me (King/White) 4.35
04. Foregone Conclusion (Carrack) 4.20
05. Love Is All It Takes (Fraser) 4.44
06. Bet You Never Been In Love (Carrack) 3.56
07. Where You Going Babe (Carrack) 3.59
08. You Belong With Me (Carrack) 4.45
09. The Rumour (Carrack) 4.12
10. Nightbird (Carrack) 4.27