Paul Carrack

I Need You

Composed by Martin Belmont / Nick Lowe / Paul Carrack

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In the early '80s, after the dissolution of Rockpile, Nick Lowe formed a new band along similar lines, with the same idea that the same group of musicians would play on each other's albums. The idea didn't last long, but the core trio (Lowe on bass, ex-Rumour Martin Belmont on guitar and Paul Carrack on keyboards) did manage one minor hit in 1982, with Carrack's single "I Need You." Starting with a familiar bass pulse shamelessly copped from the Temptations' "My Girl," "I Need You" is a lovely blue-eyed soul ballad perfect for Carrack's warm and slightly rough-around-the-edges voice. Belmont and Lowe provide some stellar "sha-la-la" harmonies throughout as well, but Carrack's voice and organ are at the forefront throughout. "I Need You" sounds like the follow-up single to "Tempted" that Squeeze could never quite manage.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Suburban Voodoo 1982 Acadia Records (UK) / Acadia
The Carrack Collection 1988 Chrysalis Records 2:49
Greatest Hits of the '80's, Vol. 3 [Arcade] 1993
Various Artists
Arcade Music 2:47
Twenty-One Good Reasons: The Paul Carrack Collection 1994 Chrysalis Records 2:49
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits of the 80's, Vol. 7 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:49
No Image 1995 Demon 2:48
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Hits of 1982 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:49
Monster '82 Hits 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:49
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:49
Typisch Tachtig! 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 2:46
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:46
Greatest Hits: The Story So Far 2006 Universal Distribution / Absolute / Carrack UK / Go! 2:50
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