Paul Carrack Tour

As a birthday treat I was bought a couple of tickets to see Paul Carrack in concert on his current tour at The Lowry, Salford.

You will probably know Paul Carrack more from his period with Mike & The Mechanics where he teamed up with Genesis' Mike Rutherford, pushing out hits which included "Living Years", "Looking Back Over My Shoulder", "Another Cup of Coffee" and "Beggar on a Beach of Gold". Brilliant songs.

But that is just the starting point. As well as a strong solo career, the first ever track he wrote (while part of band Ace) was "How Long" (featured in the video on the right above). I think if you can write a song that good as your first song you can quite comfortably walk into work the next day and hand in your notice. Nearly 30 years on "How Long" still sounds fresh. He has written songs for The Eagles and Crowded House, worked with Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, played keys for Roxy Music and replaced Jools Holland (no mean feat) in Squeeze.

Paul's career is simply quite sensational; a true British music gem. He released an album last year where his tracks were re-worked with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, demonstrating another part of his incredible talent. His voice is amazing, full of range, warmth and emotion, uncomparable to any other British artist. His library of songs, and dare I say it, could only be compared to those of Tower Of Power. Beautiful, soulful ballads are mixed alongside funk.

The concert was excellent, not even a parody of errors thanks to his technical team could put him off his stride. His voice surrounded us in the theatre, the two non-stop hours whizzed by as he played a range of old solo tracks, his current single & tracks from his forthcoming album later in the year. He also added in afore mentioned tracks from The Eagles, Crowded House, Squeeze and of course Mike & The Mechanics. The band was excellent, the bassist and the guy on the sax were especially on form.

If you like soul, jazz, funk or motown make sure you check out Paul Carrack's tour next time round. It is well worth the effort.

His current tour sees him visit over 40 venues around the UK and runs to the end of February. His album is released in June later in 2012. He currently has a 4 track EP called Time to Move On, available on iTunes.

I've put a couple of sessions he did for Smooth Radio below.

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