Paul Young marks 25th anniversary of No Parlez with release of new deluxe edition

Paul Young is set to mark the 25th anniversary of his classic album No Parlez with a special 2CD edition which will be released by Sony-BMG on July 14.

The release will feature the original 11-track album alongside a second 10-track CD featuring rare remixes, 12” mixes, demos, B-sides and live recordings.

With the release of No Parlez as his debut solo album in 1983, Paul Young was immediately hailed as an intriguing synthesis of the old and the new.

Blessed with a classic blue-eyed-soul voice – in the tradition of Bobby Hatfield and Daryl Hall – Young used No Parlez to pay homage to his soul roots, with respectful covers of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)’ and Booker T and the MGs’ ‘Iron Out the Rough Spots’.

The album also featured several surprising covers, such as Young’s soulful version of Joy Division’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

The album was a huge success, with the single ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ holding on to the Number One spot for most of the summer of 1983.  This was followed by ‘Come Back And Stay’ which also shot to the top of the charts.

Young, who is now 52, learnt to play the piano and guitar when he was very young. After leaving school, he worked at Vauxhall Motors with his father and played in various bands at night – initially as a bass player and then as a singer.

Young recalls that the mid-1970s were a lean time musically for a singer whose preferred style of music – Sixties soul – had slipped out of fashion. However he found work with bands like Kat Kool & The Kool Kats and later the Street band.  After the Street band broke up in December 1979, Young went on to form the highly-rated Q-Tips.

Extensive touring over the next two years helped the Q-Tips to build a strong fan base throughout the UK – and playing some 700 shows during this hectic period gave Young the chance to develop his unique voice. After the Q-Tips split in 1982, he signed as a solo artist with CBS/Sony Records.

With the release of his second album The Secret Of Association and the success of Every Time You Go Away his status as a world star was confirmed.

In retrospect, No Parlez is unmistakably a product of the early 1980s – but 25 years on, it still sounds great. And Young’s voice remains timeless.


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