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 — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Carmel (MiniAlbum, EP) Red Flame RFM 9 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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810 236-1 The Drum Is Everything — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) The Drum Is Everything (Album) London Records 810 236-1 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
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828 014-1 The Falling — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) The Falling (Album) London Records, London Records 828 014-1 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
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828 067-2 Everybody's Got A Little...Soul — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Everybody's Got A Little...Soul (Album) London Records 828 067-2 Germany 1987 Sell This Version
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828 148-4 Set Me Free — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Set Me Free (Album) London Records 828 148-4 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
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WX 477C 4509-90044-4 Good News — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Good News (Album) EastWest, EastWest WX 477C 4509-90044-4 Malaysia 1992 Sell This Version
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4509-99155-2 World's Gone Crazy — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) World's Gone Crazy (Album) EastWest 4509-99155-2 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
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120752 Live In Paris — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Live In Paris(CD, Album) Musidisc 120752 Europe 1997 Sell This Version
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IGOXCD 513 Z, IGOXCD 513 Live At Ronnie Scott's — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Live At Ronnie Scott's (Album) Sanctuary Records IGOXCD 513 Z, IGOXCD 513 UK 1998 Sell This Version
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SECCD021 More More More — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) More More More(CD, Album) Secret Records Limited SECCD021 UK, Europe & US 2010 Sell This Version
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SECCD044 Strictly Piaf — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Strictly Piaf(CD) Secret Records (8) SECCD044 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
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AOF319CD Brave New Waves Session — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Brave New Waves Session(CD, Album) Artoffact Records AOF319CD Canada 2018 Sell This Version
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SECCD247 Wild Country — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Wild Country(CD, Album) Secret Records (8) SECCD247 UK 2022 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

RF 701 Storm — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Storm(7", Single) Red Flame RF 701 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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810.143-7 Bad Day — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Bad Day (Single, Maxi) London Records, London Records, London Records 810.143-7 France 1983 Sell This Version
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LON 38 Willow Weep For Me — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Willow Weep For Me (Single) London Records LON 38 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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S07P 1054 The Drum Is Everything — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) The Drum Is Everything (Single) London Records S07P 1054 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
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LMD-219, LMD219 More More More — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) More More More (Single) London Records LMD-219, LMD219 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
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LONX 74 I'm Not Afraid Of You — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) I'm Not Afraid Of You (Single, Maxi) London Records LONX 74 UK 1985 Sell This Version
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886 094-7 Mercy — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Mercy (Single, Maxi) London Records, London Records 886 094-7 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
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LONX 90 Sally — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Sally (EP, Single, Album, Maxi) London Records LONX 90 UK 1986 Sell This Version
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LS 1968 Let Me Know — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) Let Me Know(7", Single) Liberation Records LS 1968 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
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888 381-7 J'oublierai Ton Nom — Carmel (2) 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
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Lonx144 It's All In The Game — Carmel (2) Carmel (2) It's All In The Game (Maxi, Single) London Records Lonx144 UK 1987 Sell This Version
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AS 5000 754 Chou Chou Moi / It's All In The Game — Carmel (2) Rudy (99) / Carmel (2) Rudy (99) / Carmel (2) - Chou Chou Moi / It's All In The Game(7", Promo) Polygram AS 5000 754 Italy 1987 Sell This Version