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A Different Hat [CD+DVD]

Paul Carrack Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Carrack-UK
  • ASIN: B0042U3SW6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,503 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Think It's Going To Rain Today
2. Moon River
3. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
4. I Can't Make You Love Me
5. I Live On A Battlefield
6. Eyes Of Blue
7. I Don't Know Enough About You
8. All The Way
9. If You Love Me
10. Love Will Keep Us Alive
11. For All We Know
12. It Ain't OverDVD:Film footage of the recording of "A Different Hat" album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road & Air Studios and interview footage.

Product Description

Product Description

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.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul's magnum opus gets 5 stars! 17 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've reviewed several other Paul Carrack releases in the past but none have ever received 5 stars.
I feel it's thoroughly deserved here and will be an incredibly difficult project for Paul to follow.

People have complained in the past that Paul can be a bit insular, recording albums in his home studio
and tending to play practically all the instruments as well as taking control of production...
no such complaints on this occasion. Paul has employed his good friend Peter Van Hooke to oversee production
and David Cullen has done the arrangements and conducts the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for recordings
which took place at Air and Abbey Road Studios. The results are his best album to date, Paul has never sounded better
and the arrangements of many well know songs are wonderful.

This is an album from a bygone era, the kind of thing Sinatra was doing long ago. It seems to be something
several artists have looked at recently with Peter Gabriel's Scratch My Back and Sting's Symphonicities to name a few.

Paul has said his inspiration was Joni Mitchell's highly recommended Both Sides Now but rather than sticking with his own compositions;
'I Live On A Battlefield', 'Eyes Of Blue', 'Love Will Keep Us Alive' and 'It Ain't Over', he has also taken on several standards
including a couple generally associated with Ol' Blue Eyes himself, 'All The Way' and 'For All We Know'.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 5 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
I was astonished to read the two less than enthusiastic reviews about this CD. Although I love Paul Carrack's previous work and have followed his career, I found it to be an interesting change of direction and his voice seems ideally suited to showcase the tracks included on this album. He never 'over sings'and each track seems effortlessly perfect. It was wonderful to hear him singing with a full orchestra and the beautiful, melodic arrangement of the tracks is to be commended. I've seen Paul sing four of these tracks live at a recent BBC concert (with the BBC Concert Orchestra) and it was an outstanding performance - he's the real deal and can sing them live as beautifully, tunefully and soulfully as on the recording. I would rate this as one of the best CD's I've purchased in 2010 and hope he follows it up with another similar collection. Highly recommended!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Album 30 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
The match with Paul and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is a perfect example of harmony. Just sit back, relax and listen. Even better if your computer can mix the tracks together, give it a go. We sat down with a bottle of wine and did exactly that, it was chillout time. Paul you have done it again, lets have a volume 2, without doubt it would sell. For those who may have some doubt, give it a try, the only way I can describe the album is its like the smoothest chocolate with a "Baileys"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!! 1 Mar 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Paul Carrack makes good songs sound beautiful, and this album is no exception.
It is a diffent hat but one that suits him,would love to hear more like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure class 3 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was sitting and putting on my make up while listening to the radio and this sweet velvet voice and gorgeous music just bathed my ears in honey....I was at once whisked away on a cloud of audio delight. Lost in Paul's vocal dexterity but all too soon the 2 songs ended and I was gently placed back in my kitchen. I must have lost time because when the music ended I found that I had completed my make up application and had only the finishing touch of lippy to apply.. Simply, magical :)

Paul's voice has no sign of age, and infact shows only experience and good use..
If you buy this CD you will not be disappointed.
The emotive pull of his tones and beautiful music arrangement is bliss..

Dont think about it, Buy it :)

Thank you PAUL :)

PS..I had never heard of this guy in my life and I am no spring chicken! but I am now a fan :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC 7 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
All i can say about this new cd by Paul is
Beautiful songs made even more enjoyable and mind blowing'
with the amazing orchestra and arrangements of each song finished with the truly great voice of this great artist.

As it says
A Different Hat... A different class.. need i say more

The man done us proud yet again
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Hat 31 July 2012
By Lily
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's a long time since I bought a Paul Carrick CD and this did not disappoint, as good as ever, easy to listen to and unwind after work
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden talent 17 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of the most relaxing albums I have listened to in a long while. First heard at a friends' house and enjoyed so much went home and ordered straight away. Did not know he had recorded so much on his own and shall be working my way through the rest of his albums.
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Published 25 days ago by Mick Gilbert
3.0 out of 5 stars It is OK
A bit comercial, not what i expected
Published 1 month ago by ANN WILCOCk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a very good albulm
Published 1 month ago by philip adjei
5.0 out of 5 stars Carrack on MP3 is treat for the ears not to mention the soul
As always this Paul Carrack Cd is a superb addition to my collection. On this occasion I bought the Amazon MP3 download with some concern it would not be as sound as my preferred... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. E. Christie
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Published 2 months ago by Michael Bedford
3.0 out of 5 stars Right guy, some wrong music
I should have listened to more of the tracks as I don't think some of them suit his singing style.
Published 3 months ago by Etoile
4.0 out of 5 stars Paul Carrack CD
A different take on some of his songs and standards,but as usual from the man excellent.One of the best singers around.
Published 4 months ago by COLIN JAMES TRICKETT
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
My partner loves this CD and plays it regularly. Its ideal for daytime listening or for putting on in the background during a romantic meal!
Published 7 months ago by tidgypudd
5.0 out of 5 stars CD 6to buy.
This CD is the different side of "The Man" the songs are lovely.
It is a very pleasing CD. A mellow Mr Paul Carrack super!
Published 9 months ago by Kath Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing talent
I've only recently started to listen to Paul Carrack's music, and wonder why I didn't do so long before now. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Linney10
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