Paul Carrack – A Different Hat

Image: 1559763 One of the hardest working figures in modern music, Paul Carrack releases his 15 solo album on October 25 . 'A Different Hat' sees Paul reunite with producer, friend and former Van Morrison drummer Peter van Hooke to record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Inspired by his recent work with big bands, Carrack had been considering the challenge of making an orchestral record, yet retaining the intimacy and warmth he is noted for - "I want to draw the listener in." Inspired by Joni Mitchell's 2000 album 'Both Sides Now', and by a chance reacquaintance with an old copy of Ray Charlies 'Ingredients In A Recipe For Soul', Carrack wanted to reassess the way he would traditionally record. Noting how Mitchell had reinterpreted her own material, Carrack and van Hooke felt that the way Charles' record mixed ballads with orchestral arrangements and show tunes would be a fascinating approach to apply to his own album, with van Hooke on production duties.

One of the first things to change was Carrack's instantly recognisable singing style. "My natural territory is to sing quite loud, but it sounds much richer when I bring my voice down. We also found that the lower we made the key, the broader my voice sounded, engendering this intimacy. It's a different technique, it's harder - I couldn't have done this a few years ago. You're learning all the time." The album was recorded at North London's Air Studios and at the famous Abbey Road. Van Hooke brought in his friend and noted orchestral arranger David Cullen to arrange the parts for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. With Carrack doing live vocal takes, 'A Different Hat' was put together in four three-hour sessions.

Choosing twelve songs that would suit this more expressive style of performing was an enjoyable process of rediscovery. The album opens with a low key take on Carrack favourite Randy Newman's 'I Think It's Going To Rain Today' - "I am a big fan … it was a suggestion from Peter and I didn't need my arm twisted!" - and takes in well-loved tracks made famous by the likes of Nat King Cole, Edith Piaff, Bonnie Raitt, Gerry & The Pacemakers, Peggy Lee and The Eagles as well as some of his own music. The album also includes a new interpretation of the classic 'Moon River' - Carrack was well aware of the difficulty in taking on such an oft-performed song, but his rendition is a fitting addition to the record. Closing with a take on his own 'It Ain't Over', Carrack proves himself adept at breathing new life into old material. Throughout it all, the album retains a classy, classically cinematic feel. As well as the CD, there is limited edition deluxe version of 'A Different Hat' which includes the album, a 32 page book and a bonus DVD containing an in depth interview, footage of the making of the album and behind the scenes photographs.

The former vocalist of Mike and The Mechanics and the voice behind world-wide hits such as 'How Long' by Ace, Squeeze's 'Tempted' and, of course, the timeless classic 'The Living Years' Carrack is now firmly established as a solo performer. Initially finding fame with Ace and Roxy Music, he has gone on to enjoy a successful career that spans 40 years, including guest appearances on over 60 albums, as well as writing for The Eagles, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Michael McDonald and Jools Holland among others. Paul Carrack has always had the ability to combine the contemporary with the timeless classic effortlessly - this album shows he is still able to challenge himself and create exceptional results. Erhältlich ab 12.11.2010
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