Groove Approved

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Groove Approved
Paul Carrack - Groove Approved 1989.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 1989
ProducerT-Bone Wolk, Paul Carrack, Eddie Schwartz
Paul Carrack chronology
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Groove Approved
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Groove Approved is the fourth solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter Paul Carrack, then a member of the supergroup Mike + The Mechanics. It was originally released in 1989, on the Chrysalis label.

While his previous album featured members of Mike + The Mechanics, for this album Carrack worked mainly with producer T-Bone Wolk. The album's only hit was "I Live By The Groove", which was co-written by Carrack and Eddie Schwartz, and which peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Schwartz co-produced the track with Wolk and Carrack; the rest of the album was produced by Wolk and Carrack working as a duo.

The song "Battlefield" was later covered by co-writer Nick Lowe under the title "I Live On A Battlefield". Carrack himself would use this longer title when he re-recorded the song in 2007 on his album Old, New, Borrowed And Blue, and again on his 2010 album A Different Hat (backed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra).


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Trouser Press(mixed)[3]

AllMusic's William Ruhlmann calls Groove Approved "a solid, workman-like collection", and writes that its limited commercial success "had less to do with the album's real commercial potential than with upheavals in the record company".[2]

Jim Green of Trouser Press praised the album for its "good old-fashioned R&B grooves, often garnished with Carrack's tasty Hammond organ licks." However, Green also notes that "unfortunately, the synthetic drums sometimes slicken or stiffen the rhythm too much," and that "the songs aren't unforgettable, but they're mostly painless".

Track listing[edit]

1."Only My Heart Can Tell"Paul Carrack, T-Bone Wolk 
2."I Live By The Groove"Carrack, Eddie Schwartz 
3."Battlefield"Carrack, Nick Lowe 
4."Love Can Break Your Heart"Carrack, Michael McDonald 
5."I'm On Your Tail"Carrack, Lowe 
6."After The Love Is Gone"Carrack, Chris Difford 
7."Loveless"Carrack, Wolk 
8."Tip Of My Tongue"Carrack, Wolk 
10."Bad News (At The Best Of Times)"Carrack, John Welsey Harding 


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[4]

  • Paul Carrack – lead vocals, keyboards, drums, programming
  • T-Bone Wolk – bass, guitars, some keyboards, mandolin, accordion
  • Jimmy Bralower – drum and percussion programming
Production team


  1. ^ Paul Carrack USA chart history, Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  2. ^ a b [Groove Approved at AllMusic allmusic review]
  3. ^ Green, Jim. "Paul Carrack's albums". Trouser Press. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  4. ^ Groove Approved liner notes. Chrysalis Records. 1989.

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