PAUL CARRACK ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM “DON’T WAIT TOO LONG” CELEBRATING THE GOLDEN ERA OF MUSIC FROM THE 50s AND BEYOND
Celebrating a momentous five decades in the industry, legendary musician and songwriter Paul Carrack, who’s ‘Golden Voice’ features on numerous classic world wide hits such as ‘How Long’ (ACE’) , ‘Tempted’ (Squeeze), ‘The Living Years’, ‘Over My Shoulder’ ( Mike and the Mechanics) teams up with the 4 time GRAMMY Award-nominee SWR Big Band & Strings on epic new album ” Don’t Wait Too Long”. The covers album celebrates the pioneering golden era in music from the 50s and beyond spanning blues, gospel, country and jazz. The first single “Cryin’ Won’t Help You” out in Jan 2023 is Paul’s tribute to the legendary BB King.
Paul has a deep love of R&B songs from the fifties and beyond. For him, 50s music was filled with intense emotion, it was wildly kinetic and had a profound impact on his career.
In Paul’s mind, it’s where all modern pop music began, the sounds were spectacular and revolutionary. Days when the change from jazz to pop was stretched via pioneers and great singers like Bobby Bland, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, and Lloyd Price..These artists always resonated as fantastic performers with stylistic records that had such joy and intensity.
The 50s were not only a time for musical revolution but a social and generational upheaval of vast and unpredictable scope. The power of this music is as vital today as it ever was with the power to change lives forever.
After working with the SWR band on a number of projects, Paul and his producers had the idea to find and record a selection of these time-warped classics, some well-known, others not so much, and the title track , a modern song that harks back to those times called ‘Don’t Wait Too Long’.
The result is an impassioned, compelling album. Honest, epic, touching, the album showcases a great vocalist who is at home with his art and talent.
Paul said, “Over the past 15 years it’s been my pleasure to collaborate on a number of projects with the SWR Big Band who are widely acknowledged as one of the finest jazz orchestras in the world.
Many of these collaborations have taken me, a self-taught rock n roll musician, out of my musical comfort zone and into areas where I might not ordinarily venture. It’s been a great experience in so many ways which has broadened my musical education whilst learning on the job.
With this album I wanted to bring the repertoire and feel of the record a little closer to my own musical roots of Soul, Pop and classic Rhythm and Blues.
Recording the album remotely during the 2020 lockdown presented some technical challenges but I think recording my vocals in my studio at home turned out to be a positive and I’m very pleased with the performances which I believe are some of the best of my long and varied career.”
Carrack’s soulful pop stylings continue to shine brightly, firmly cementing Paul as one of the finest musicians of his time. Highlights on the album include first single “Cryin’ Won’t Help You”, Paul’s tribute to the king of the blues, B.B. King. Paul previously featured on the BB Kings’ Deuces Wild album alongside Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.
Paul said, “One of the highlights of my career undoubtedly was playing and singing on an album called Deuces Wild by the late, great B.B. King. B.B. was a joy to work with and great fun. This is my tribute to him”
Also featured on the album is Paul’s version of Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland ‘s classic “The Only Thing Missing Is You.” Paul said, “Back in the 70’s ACE were signed to a label that distributed American singer Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland’s albums in the UK. We raided the store cupboard for every album they had and loved him ever since”
Paul also adds his own raw intensity and soul to Etta James classic “Trust in Me”, Paul commented, “It was probably a bold move to cover this sensational song by Etta James but I’ve always loved Etta’s powerful, soulful voice and this is such a powerful song, it needed to be on the album.”
The title track on the album is Paul’s version of Madeleine Peyroux’s “Don’t Wait Too Long”, a perfect positioning between a jazz and a country sound. Paul said, “I wanted a slightly more modern song to the album. Madeleine Peyroux ‘ stunning track, Don’t Wait Too Long has a message for us all. If there’s something you want to do, get on and do it before it’s too late”