Multi Brit Award winning, Paul Young, announces the release of his first solo album in over 20 years, ‘Good Thing’, on 15 April, simultaneously releasing his new single ‘L-O-V-E’ on the same day. Executive producer and partner in the ‘Good Thing’ project is world renowned Arthur Baker, best known for his work with hip hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa & Planet Patrol and cross-over pop acts New Order and the Pet Shop Boys, here channels some of his later work with Al Green . The album is a collection of classic soul covers and sees Paul return to the soulful roots sound that catapulted him to worldwide fame. As a Young/Baker collaboration, ‘Good Thing’ has been an absolute labour of soulful love and is the highly anticipated album Paul Young fans have been waiting for.
With ‘soul’ at the absolute heart of Paul’s musical passion, Young & Baker set out to create the ultimate collection of soulful covers, stemming from Memphis soul as a starting point; which is why Stax Records (a major factor in the creation of Southern and Memphis Soul) feature so heavily on this new album. Meticulously hand selecting each track, Paul has lavished this album with impeccable attention so that every note drives to the centre of pure soul. From Al Green’s ‘L-O-V-E’, The Staple Singer’s ‘Touch A Hand, Make A Friend’ and Syl Johnson’s ‘Back For A Taste Of Your Love’, right through to The Bee Gee’s ‘Words’ and Jonnie Taylor’s ‘I Believe In You’ – ‘Good Thing’ is, in Paul’s opinion, the cream of soul in one collection,
“This album is a labour of love, my soulful dream realised for everyone to now share,” states Paul Young. “I’ve carefully selected and re-recorded some of the most beautiful, iconic and rare soul tracks of all time and I hope people enjoy this album as much as I’ve loved creating it.”
Arthur Baker produced the album with past collaborator James Hallawell who also arranged, engineered, mixed and played a ridiculous amount of instruments on the record. ‘Good Thing’ also boasts some of the industry’s best musicians including, Paul Stacey (Oasis, Black Crowes, Lemon Trees), Jeremy Stacey (High Flying Birds, Black Crowes, Waterboys, etc), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, etc), & Tommy Blaize BVs (Strictly Come Dancing band lead singer).
In recent years Paul was approached by Gary Barlow to perform on the FLY soundtrack for the Eddie The Eagle Movie and has enjoyed the live limelight with his los locos band, Los Pacaminos, with whom he’s toured relentlessly. Now for 2016 the soulful ‘Good Thing’ album brings an exciting Young & Baker collaboration that places soul back at the top of the agenda – Paul Young is back!
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