Paul Carrack Shares His Love of Stevie Wonder in My Favourite Album
PAUL CARRACK, 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 The Living Years, is celebrating over five decades in the music business. And as he prepares to play Swansea Grand Theatre on Sunday he reveals his top pick.
"MY favourite album has to be Stevie Wonder's Talking Book.
"At the time it was so innovative, almost the Sergeant Pepper of soul music.
"Stevie is not just a great singer and a real influence on thousands of other singers, he is also a genius musician who can turn his hand to anything.
"He plays just about everything on the album and so the album has his inimitable stamp throughout.
"I was always a huge fan of Stevie's early Motown recordings as Little Stevie Wonder but Talking Book was his coming of age.
"It goes without saying that the songs are sublime, but also the instrumentation was so cutting edge with his tasteful use of synthesiser, clavinet and so on.
"Talking Book was a groundbreaking piece of work and its influence on modern music cannot be overstated.
"A generation of musicians were opened up to a whole new world of possibilities and it will live on for ever."