Gold Supporting Member
Is it the singer or the song? Carrack *killing it* on piano and organ, Jools Holland be damned (love Jools!!!!). One of my all-time faves:
Yeah, it's a great song in its own right and I've heard Tillbrook sing the Carrack part, but it needs a real singer no matter what. Love the changes... I recently did it as a duo (I just played guitar, singer just sang) and it works great stripped way down like that, assuming you get the bass part under the chords.In the case of Tempted, it’s both. Difford-Tillbrook and Carrack at their absolute best. The invisible man here is Elvis Costello, who arranged it into the perfect track and sang backup in the studio. The best of the best at their best!
I did not know that Costello connection to that song. Small world. I love Costello and that he had his hand in this....as did Lowe and Hiatt (another fave) on this version.... it all comes together in a "mikey likey" sandwich.In the case of Tempted, it’s both. Difford-Tillbrook and Carrack at their absolute best. The invisible man here is Elvis Costello, who arranged it into the perfect track and sang backup in the studio. The best of the best at their best!
The drummer in my band was a producer who’d gotten his start as a drummer, had a shot which didn’t work out, so he was in London in the 80’s trying to figure out a role in music (after his success, he drummed with us for fun). Elvis Costello’s manager, Jake Riviera, liked my buddy‘s ears and decided to give him a shot. His first assignment from Jake was to produce a few demo songs with a singer who knew who to feature a lyric. Yeah, Paul Carrack. He said it was an education.Great song and performance. Read somewhere that the Squeeze guys wrote this, had Paul C in studio for keys and once they heard him sing they said, "Dude, you sing this, you kill on it." They were correct.
Love this tune, took me forever to figure out the changes and they are masterfully done. Not your typical pop tune.
Here is a version with an even stronger vocal performance: