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Album: Live 2000- 2020 The Independent Years
Label: Carrack UK
Vertrieb: Bertus Musikvertrieb
VÖ: 24. Januar 2020

5 CD Boxset mit 75 unveröffentlichten & seltenen Songs und einem 16 Seiten Booklet!

Singer/Songwriter, Keyboarder & Gitarrist Paul Carrack gehört ohne Zweifel zu den großen Ausnahmetalenten Englands. Ob als Sänger des Welthits „How Long“ der Band Ace, als Mitglied von Mike & The Mechanics oder Squeeze, als Songwriter für The Eagles oder Diana Ross, als Sideman von Eric Clapton, Roger Waters, Brian Ferry oder Elton John hat Paul Carrack Musikgeschichte geschrieben.


Nicht umsonst hat die BBC eine Dokumentation über ihn 'The Man With The Golden Voice' betitelt und ihn ‚Britain's best blue-eyed soul singer-writer’ genannt.


Darüber hinaus ist Paul Carrack seit 20 Jahren ein wahrlich unabhängiger Künstler, der sein eigenes Label betreibt, seine Alben selbst produziert und zusammen mit seinem Manager & Musikerfreund Peter van Hooke sämtliche Geschicke seiner Karriere selbst in der Hand hält.


Die nun erscheinende 5-CD Box Live 2000- 2020 The Independent Years reflektiert diesen Abschnitt seiner imposanten Karriere mit 75 unveröffentlichten Live-Performances von Konzerten oder TV-Shows. Carrack beweist einmal mehr, welch großartiger Sänger, Performer und Songschreiber er ist. In der Zusammenstellung dürfen seine Welt-Hits wie “How Long”, “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)” oder “Don’t Shed A Tear” natürlich nicht fehlen.


CD 1: The Way I’m Feeling Tonight / Sunny / Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground) / Satisfy My Soul / Life In A Bubble / My Kind / Nick Of Time / Where Did I Go Wrong? / The Only One / The Living Years / Perfect Storm / Better Than Nothing / Marie

CD 2: Into The Mystic / Love Will Keep Us Alive / Bet Your Life / Tempted / You Don’t Know Me / Georgia / I Think It’s Going To Rain Today / If You’d Ever Needed Someone / It Ain’t Over / If I Were You / That’s All That Matters to Me / Dig Deep / Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying / Don’t Shed A Tear / Eyes Of Blue / For Once In Our Lives

CD 3: Don’t Dream It’s Over / Raining In My Heart / If I Should Fall Behind / Running Out of Time / How Long / You Make Me Feel Good / Come Rain Or Come Shine / These Days / Together / That’s How I Feel / Sleep On It / Time Waits For No One / She Lived Down The Street / Never Too Late / Nothing To Lose

CD 4: Another Cup Of Coffee / Any Day Now / Borderline / Just A Little Lie / Inspire Me / Late At Night / Good Feelin’ About It / Harvest For The World / Over My Shoulder / Sniffing About / No Easy Way Out / One In A Million / Life’s Too Short / Watching Over Me / One Small Step

CD 5: Too Good To Be True / Happy To See You Again / Nothing More Than A Memory / When You Walk In the Room / Make Your Mind Up / Groovin’ / Let Me Love Again / What’s Going On / Dance To The Music / From Now On / Long Ago / Beggar On A Beach of Gold / I’m Losing You / Nothing Without You / Beautiful World / Dedicated

Introduction – Peter Van Hooke

I first met Paul in 1984 on the set of the video for Silent Running. I was very much involved as a drummer on the London session scene and Paul, following stints with Roxy Music and Squeeze was clocking up the miles on the freeways of America and Europe with Nick Lowe and The Cowboy Outfit. We had both been drafted in by Mike Rutherford to record tracks for what became the first Mike & the Mechanics album. As the years progressed I became more involved in production and Paul continued to develop as an all-round musician, singer and songwriter performing on records with Eric Clapton, The Smiths, BB King, Elton John and writing songs for the Eagles, Mike & The Mechanics, Linda Rondstadt and many other music legends.

Paul’s career has taken many twists and turns but whether playing with friends in a rock ’n’ roll ‘dive’, contributing to other artists projects or singing in front of 300,000 people as a guest on Roger Waters’ iconic production of THE WALL, LIVE in Berlin, Paul’s commitment and integrity has always been 100%.

Gradually Paul’s focus became more and more on being a singer songwriter in control of his own destiny. Having been signed to a number of record labels over the years, being in favour one minute and then out the next, Paul became increasingly frustrated with the unpredictability of the major record labels.

One day we had a conversation, “Do I really have no alternative to signing these rollercoaster record deals?!” The answer was “Yes… you can start your own label, record music you like, and weather the commercial storm.”

At the time, everyone was still chasing record deals with major labels. It was a huge gamble to go the independent route. You need not only to write and record the music, you also have to organise artwork, manufacturing and distribution and of course the promotion, in order to get your music out there, heard by the public in the face of fierce competition.

Paul knew this was a long-term project which needed a complete commitment both financially and creatively to work. And work he did, touring relentlessly with a group of musicians picked from his hometown of Sheffield who, over more than twenty years he has honed into a world-class outfit, playing sell out concerts all over the world.

These recordings that celebrate those 20 years are aptly called The Independent Years. They are a collection of recordings from live concerts and TV shows and demonstrate what it takes to be a successful musician and songwriter. My personal belief is that real talent is much rarer than people imagine. And in Paul Carrack that talent is here to be heard in all its raw emotion.

Each Paul Carrack show is different, he sings how he feels, with the ability to channel those emotions to his many fans.

So, enjoy these recordings and to the many new artists, listen hard to this talent and also celebrate that he has shown there is another way of having a career in music; one that you can control yourself. But it takes talent, commitment and time.

I hope you enjoy the journey as much as we have; The Independent Years.

Peter Van Hooke (January 2020)


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