Carmel (2)

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British jazz / soul group formed in Manchester, in the early 1980s by singer-songwriter Carmel McCourt with Jim Paris and drummer Gerry Darby (Paris' cousin).

Their debut single, "Storm" reached No. 1 in the UK independent chart and Carmel was signed immediately to London Records. Their second album The Drum is Everything (produced by Mike Thorne) drew some praise. Parris and Darby conjured the effect of a full ensemble backing to McCourt's vocals, and alternated between soulful ballads, gospel, blues and jazz. The resulting singles "Bad Day" and "More, More, More" both went Top 25 in the UK Singles Chart. The following album, The Falling (produced by Brian Eno, Hugh Jones and David Motion) made Carmel moderately successful in France, achieving gold disc status, as well as charting in Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands. Carmel had a hit in France with "J'oublierai ton nom", a duo with France's Johnny Hallyday. "Sally" the first single lifted from the album sold 500,000 copies in France alone.

With the critical and commercial success awarded both The Falling and the next album Everybody's Got A Little Soul, record producers were keen to work with Carmel.

1989 saw the release of Set Me Free, with Brian Eno and Pete Wingfield adding their touches to the material. A five star review in Q describing the album as "incendiary".1990's 'best of' compilation, Collected, put the band's career into perspective.

1992's Good News saw Carmel moving to East West Records with Parris producing. In 1997 Ronnie Scotts provided the venue to record their last album, Live at Ronnie Scotts, which was a collection of their work and some previously unreleased material.

Live performance has always been central to Carmel's work and they are successful on the European touring circuit, and has sometimes found greater appreciation on the continent than it has done in the UK. The French christened McCourt the new Edith Piaf, and in Italy she won the accolade of Best Jazz vocalist at the Messina Festival.

During much of the 1990s the band members were living between Barcelona, Paris and Manchester, and it was hard for them to work together, so they pursued other musical projects. Parris created the band Nzi Dada with Paris based multi media artist Xumo Nounjio, and Carmel worked on various projects as a singer, writer and teacher.

The start of the millennium saw them all back in their adopted hometown of Manchester, but Darby decided he no longer wanted to continue. In 2002 Parris and McCourt undertook a tour playing the old material with a nine piece band. Later they worked on material for a new album with drummer Brice Wassy.
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Albums

RFM 9 Carmel (2) - Carmel album art Carmel (2) Carmel (MiniAlbum, EP) Red Flame RFM 9 UK 1982 Sell This Version
810 236-1 Carmel (2) - The Drum Is Everything album art Carmel (2) The Drum Is Everything (Album) London Records 810 236-1 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
828 014-1 Carmel (2) - The Falling album art Carmel (2) The Falling (Album) London Records, London Records 828 014-1 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
828 067-2 Carmel (2) - Everybody's Got A Little...Soul album art Carmel (2) Everybody's Got A Little...Soul (Album) London Records 828 067-2 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
828 148-4 Carmel (2) - Set Me Free album art Carmel (2) Set Me Free (Album) London Records 828 148-4 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
WX 477C 4509-90044-4 Carmel (2) - Good News album art Carmel (2) Good News (Album) EastWest, EastWest WX 477C 4509-90044-4 Malaysia 1992 Sell This Version
4509-99155-2 Carmel (2) - World's Gone Crazy album art Carmel (2) World's Gone Crazy (Album) EastWest 4509-99155-2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
120752 Carmel (2) - Live In Paris album art Carmel (2) Live In Paris(CD, Album) Musidisc 120752 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
IGOXCD 513 Z Carmel (2) - Live At Ronnie Scott's album art Carmel (2) Live At Ronnie Scott's (Album) Sanctuary Records IGOXCD 513 Z UK 1998 Sell This Version
SECCD021 Carmel (2) - More More More album art Carmel (2) More More More(CD, Album) Secret Records Limited SECCD021 UK, Europe & US 2010 Sell This Version
SECCD044 Carmel (2) - Strictly Piaf album art Carmel (2) Strictly Piaf(CD) Secret Records (8) SECCD044 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
AOF319CD Carmel (2) - Brave New Waves Session album art Carmel (2) Brave New Waves Session(CD, Album) Artoffact Records AOF319CD Canada 2018 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

RF 701 Carmel (2) - Storm album art Carmel (2) Storm(7", Single) Red Flame RF 701 UK 1982 Sell This Version
LON 29, 810 143-7, 810143-7 Carmel (2) - Bad Day album art Carmel (2) Bad Day (Single, Maxi) London Records, London Records, London Records LON 29, 810 143-7, 810143-7 UK 1983 Sell This Version
LON 38 Carmel (2) - Willow Weep For Me album art Carmel (2) Willow Weep For Me (Single) London Records LON 38 UK 1983 Sell This Version
S07P 1054 Carmel (2) - The Drum Is Everything album art Carmel (2) The Drum Is Everything (Single) London Records S07P 1054 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
820 009-7 Carmel (2) - More More More album art Carmel (2) More More More (Single) London Records 820 009-7 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
LONX 74 Carmel (2) - I'm Not Afraid Of You album art Carmel (2) I'm Not Afraid Of You (Single, Maxi) London Records LONX 74 UK 1985 Sell This Version
886 094-7 Carmel (2) - Mercy album art Carmel (2) Mercy (Single, Maxi) London Records, London Records 886 094-7 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
LONX 90 Carmel (2) - Sally album art Carmel (2) Sally (EP, Single, Album, Maxi) London Records LONX 90 UK 1986 Sell This Version
LS 1968 Carmel (2) - Let Me Know album art Carmel (2) Let Me Know(7", Single) Liberation Records LS 1968 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
888 381-7 Carmel (2) - J'oublierai Ton Nom album art Johnny Hallyday En Duo Avec Carmel (2) Johnny Hallyday En Duo Avec Carmel (2) - J'oublierai Ton Nom (Single) Philips 888 381-7 Netherlands 1986 Sell This Version
Lonx144 Carmel (2) - It's All In The Game album art Carmel (2) It's All In The Game (Maxi, Single) London Records Lonx144 UK 1987 Sell This Version
AS 5000 754 Carmel (2) - Chou Chou Moi / It's All In The Game album art Rudy / Carmel (2) Rudy / Carmel (2) - Chou Chou Moi / It's All In The Game(7", Promo) Polygram AS 5000 754 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
LS1978 Carmel (2) - It's All In The Game album art Carmel (2) It's All In The Game(7", Ltd) Liberation Records LS1978 Australia 1987 Sell This Version