Joy (Paul King album)

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Studio album by Paul King
RecordedMulti Level
Unique Recording Studios
Greene Street Studios, NYC
GenrePop rock
ProducerDan Hartman
Paul King chronology
Bitter Sweet
The Best of King - Love & Pride

Joy is the only solo album by British singer Paul King, released in 1987, on CBS label, after King, the new wave band he was lead singer for, split up in 1986.

The album was produced by American musician Dan Hartman, and features singer Nona Hendryx, on female background vocals to "Slow Motion," the last but one song of the track listing.

Paul King's debut solo album did not chart, and only produced a minor hits for two single releases: "I Know", which stalled at Number 58, and "Follow My Heart", which failed to chart in the UK Top 75.

Similarities and differences with previous work[edit]

The most apparent difference between the pop rock-oriented sound of this work and the more new wave-sounding two LPs by King group is to be identified, not only in the double keyboard, but also in the extensive use of brass (being especially evident in the first single "I Know"), played by The Uptown Horns quartet, as well as in background vocals, recorded in two separate sessions, one held in Detroit and the other in New York.

The song "Star" was co-written by Paul along with ex colleague Mike Roberts, keyboard player in the King band. In general, Paul's voice, and his poetic lyrics remain more or less unaltered, making the shift from the group's to solo work a little less abrupt.

Perry Haines' management and The Unity Club fan club are also unchanged.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Follow My Heart" - 4:43 (P. King/D. Hartman)
  2. "When You Smile" - 4:24 (P. King/D. Hartman/P.Haines)
  3. "I Know" - 3:37 (P. King/D. Hartman/C. Midnight)
  4. "Pass on By" - 3:37 (P. King)
  5. "Some Risks" - 4:20 (P. King)
  6. "One Too Many Heartaches" - 3:58 (P. King/D. Hartman/C. Midnight)
  7. "Star" - 3:21 (P. King/M. Roberts)
  8. "It's Up to You" - 3:12 (P. King)
  9. "So Brutal" - 5:00 (P. King)
  10. "Slow Motion" - 3:57 (P. King/D. Hartman/C. Midnight)
  11. "Glory's Goal" - 3:12 (P.King)

Singles from the album[edit]

  • 1987 - "I Know" (UK #58)
  • 1987 - "Follow My Heart" (n.c.)


The bare essentials[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

The Uptown Horns[edit]

Additional vocalists[edit]

The Detroit Chapter[edit]

  • Carolyn Franklin & The Prima Donnas (Brenda Corbett & Margaret Branch): background vocals Detroit sessions

The New York Chapter[edit]

  • B.J. Nelson, Maggie Ryder, Kurtis King, Charlie Midnight, Dan Hartman: background vocals New York sessions



Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue
UK 1987 CBS CD CBS 450529 2

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