The deluxe edition contains a 30 page bound booklet packaged with the CD and bonus DVD.
One of the hardest working figures in modern music, Paul releases his 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 Charles '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. 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.
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.