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Carlton is well established not only for his distinctive guitar playing but also as a producer for people like Robert Palmer and Joe Cocker. Along the way he’s fitted in four albums with his own band The Songdogs, co-written and produced Toast To Freedom in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Amnesty International and now this solo album. Although German by birth Carl has total command over American music and has the ability to weave a great song with storyline lyrics and strong hooks on guitar. Add that to his own raw vocal that’s perfectly suited to this style of song and what you get is a winning formula and an excellent album. Moonlight In New York and Invincible are particular favourites but it’s all good stuff from start to finish. Great guitar work too and the songs have something of a Dylanish quality about them - never a bad thing - so check this one out.