Multi Brit Award winning, Paul Young, announces the release of his first solo album in over 20 years, ‘Good Thing’, simultaneously releasing his new single ‘L-O-V-E’.
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.”
Paul Young, who initially hit the music scene through his band the Q-Tips and later Kat Kool and The Kool Kats, saw his defining moment on the release of his album, ‘No Parlez’ in 1983. The album including the number one single ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ which maintained the No 1 spot for most of that Summer, followed by ‘Come Back And Stay,’ which secured Paul’s presence at the top of the charts. With the release of his second album ‘The Secret Of Association,’ and the success of ‘Every Time You Go Away’, his status as a world star was confirmed. Many also remember Paul’s 1992 performance at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert singing ‘Radio Gaga,’ as well as his solo on the original, ‘Band Aid’ single in ’84. Paul last hit the American Pop Chart with his first collaboration with Baker, the hit ‘What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted’ from the 1991 worldwide box office hit movie ‘Fried Green Tomatoes.’ 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!
GOOD THING by PAUL YOUNG is out now on NEW STATE MUSIC / BAKED RECORDINGS (DISTRIBUTED BY BALANCE MUSIC / UNIVERSAL)