Paul Carrack

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Paul 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 described him as "The Man with the Golden Voice", adding: "Carrack is a journeyman of British rock, soul and pop whose career has unfolded slowly and steadily until he has become something of a national treasure." William Pinfold of Record Collector, acknowledging Carrack's cult status, 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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980 Nightbird Paul Carrack 1
1982 Suburban Voodoo Paul Carrack 1
1987 One Good Reason Paul Carrack 6
1989 Groove Approved Paul Carrack 1
1995 Blue Views Paul Carrack 2
1997 Beautiful World Paul Carrack 2
2000 Satisfy My Soul Paul Carrack 2
2001 Groovin' Paul Carrack 2
2002 Still Groovin' Paul Carrack 1
2003 It Ain't Over Paul Carrack 1
2004 Rewired Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack 1
2005 A Soulful Christmas Paul Carrack 1
2005 Winter Wonderland Paul Carrack 1
2007 Old, New, Borrowed And Blue Paul Carrack 1
2010 A Different Hat Paul Carrack 1
2012 Good Feeling Paul Carrack 1
2013 Rain or Shine Paul Carrack 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 The Carrack Collection Paul Carrack 1
1991 Carrackter Reference Paul Carrack 1
1994 Twenty-One Good Reasons Paul Carrack 2
2003 The Best of Ace Ace feat. Paul Carrack 1
2006 Greatest Hits: The Story So Far... Paul Carrack 2
2012 Collected Paul Carrack 1
2014 The Best Of Paul Carrack Paul Carrack 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Live at the Opera House Paul Carrack 1
2005 Live in Liverpool Paul Carrack 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 I Know That Name Paul Carrack 2

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Don't Shed a Tear Paul Carrack 1
1987 When You Walk In The Room Paul Carrack 1
1989 Battlefield Paul Carrack 1
1989 Don't Shed A Tear Paul Carrack 1
1995 Eyes of Blue Paul Carrack 2

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