Paul Antony Young (born 17 January 1956) is an English singer, songwriter, and musician. Formerly the frontman of the short-lived band’s Kat Kool & the Kool Cats, Streetband, and Q-Tips, he became a teen idol with his solo success in the 1980s. His hit singles include “Love of the Common People”, “Wherever I Lay My Hat”, “Come Back and Stay”, “Every Time You Go Away” and “Everything Must Change”, all reaching the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart. Released in 1983, his debut album, No Parlez, the first of three UK number-one albums, made him a household name. His smooth yet soulful voice belonged to a genre known as “blue-eyed soul”. At the 1985 Brit Awards, Young received the award for Best British Male. Associated with the Second British Invasion of the US, “Every Time You Go Away” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1985. It also won Best British Video at the 1986 Brit Awards. Here are all of Paul Young’s albums ranked.
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5. Between Two Fires (1986)
“Paul Young has an outstanding blue eyed soul voice. The tracks on this cd are well played, well produced and well written. His bass player is Pino Palladino who is currently performing with the Who. Pino is a real gem all on his own. Together they are unstoppable. More people should know about this recording.”
4. Other Voices (1990)
“Paul Young has a voice that is both beautiful and emotionally touching. I discovered him only a few years ago when I was looking for the best copy I could find of “Calling You,” and discovered a recording I have listened to over and over, endlessly amazed at the pure vocal and emotional courage of this rendering.”
3. The Secret Of Association (1985)
“Paul Young’s voice ranks among my favorites and this album where he solidified his place in UK pop is given the opportunity for the ardent fans to experience it anew. The remastering is wonderful and the remixes and rarities on disc two offer us a chance to rediscover 12″ single mixes we once had on vinyl, alongside rare cuts that were completely new to me.”
2. From Time To Time: The Singles Collection (1991)
“The music on this is wonderful. I loved it when I had it in cassette form and I love it now. These songs really stay in your head (maybe not so good when you wake up in the middle of the night and “I’m Going To Tear Your Playhouse Down — Pretty Soon!!” is repeatedly running through your mind) but it’s good music nonetheless and your money will be well spent.”
1. No Parlez (1983)
“The album has heavy influences of Soul, motown and even new wave. The classic hits Where ever I lay my hat and Love of the common people were of the soul variety and Come back and stay a more pop song. Paul Young also was one of the first to cover a Joy Division song. It has divided opinion but it was a difficult choice to do a cover of Love will tear us apart.”