Nightbird (Paul Carrack album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1980
GenrePop rock, soft rock
LabelVertigo Records
ProducerPhill Brown, Paul Carrack, Allan Callan
Paul Carrack chronology
Suburban Voodoo
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Nightbird is the debut solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter Paul Carrack. It came out in 1980, shortly after Carrack's tenure with Roxy Music, and featured musical contributions from several Roxy session musicians, as well as backing vocals (and a songwriting contribution) from Carrack's former Ace bandmate Alan "Bam" King. Nightbird was originally released on Vertigo Records in the UK and Europe, and was reissued in 2004 on PolyGram.

The album's pre-release single was "Beauty's Only Skin Deep". On that single, it was indicated the album was to be called Showing Off.[2]

Shortly after this album was issued, Carrack joined the band Squeeze. He stayed a member of Squeeze for most of 1981 before resuming his solo career.

Track listing[edit]

1."Beauty's Only Skin Deep"Norman Whitfield, Eddie Holland2:54
2."There's A Good Chance"Paul Carrack4:14
3."In Love With Me"Alan "Bam" King, K. White4:20
4."Foregone Conclusion"Carrack4:20
5."Love Is All It Takes"Andy Fraser4:21
6."Bet You Never Been In Love"Carrack3:56
7."Where You Going Babe"Carrack4:14
8."You Belong With Me"Carrack4:45
9."The Rumour"Carrack4:12


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[3]


  • Producers – Paul Carrack and Phill Brown (all tracks); Allan Callan (tracks 1, 6 & 7).
  • Engineer – Phill Brown
  • Assistant Engineer – Barry Sage
  • Recorded at RG Jones Studios (London, UK).
  • Mixed at Basing Street Studios (London, UK).
  • Front Cover Photos – Iain McKell (black and white) and Brendan Walsh (color).
  • Back Cover Portrait – Mike Prior


  1. ^ Nightbird at AllMusic allmusic review
  2. ^ "Paul Carrack - Beauty's Only Skin Deep".
  3. ^ Nightbird liner notes. Vertigo Records. 1980.

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