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PH:  Yeah, it’s very nice.  He showed it to me.  We went out and had a bit of lunch and he said “I’ve got an idea for the album cover.  What do you think?” and I just said “Leave it as it is.”  I said “It’s great.”

Smitty:  Yes, absolutely.  I love that whole feel of it.  It’s got such a warm appeal and she’s not bad looking.  (Laughs.)

PH:  Yeah, I also like the fact that it’s in black and white.

Smitty:  Yeah, that’s that warm black and white feel, yeah.

PH:  Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s good. 

Smitty:  I know you’re having a great time at Trippin N Rhythm.

PH:  Yeah.

Smitty:  And you’ve got some great guys with you like Les, and Jeff Lunt.

PH:  Yeah, I’ve known Jeff for a long time.  He was the first person to phone me up from the record company and tell me how much he liked the album and said “You’ve gotta come over” and all that so, yeah, me and Jeff go back a long way.  We’ve done some good work together, definitely.

Smitty:  Absolutely, man.  I gotta say that I really expect some wonderful things with this great record. If there was one thing that you could to say to your fans around the world right now, what would you say to them?

PH:  Thanks for being so loyal because it’s when you sort of get great comments back and things, it makes you sort of want to go and do it again and do it better. And I think that’s where I get my enthusiasm from, is knowing that what I do people like. It would be a pretty dull thing if all I was doing was making records to play for myself. And that really is the best thing about it, and I guess maybe that’s why if I dare stick my neck out and say I think I do make records for people and radio rather than myself sometimes. I’m not trying to cut a solo out or something or if something’s going on for too long, I like to keep things interesting….there’s only so many times that you can hear a ten-minute solo or stuff, and I just try to avoid the self-indulgence thing and just do what I think people would appreciate, I guess.

Smitty:  Yes.  And people truly appreciate it.  I mean, you have over 11 million records sold to prove it.  (Both laughing.)  You know?

PH:  It’s been a good ol’ long career.

Smitty:  Yes, not to mention some of the other great things you’ve done like working with the Spice Girls.

PH:  Yeah, that was fun but, I mean, see, I was left to my own devices on that.  It wasn’t to make Spice Girls music; it was to basically do a score for their film. So I could do what I wanted on it, really, which was great.

Smitty:  Yeah, and then S Club 7?

PH:  Yeah, I helped them out, but to be honest with you, I mean, all my other sort of work, I mean remixing like, you know Change and Barry White and stuff like that, that was quite a buzz.

Smitty:  Yes.  Well, you’ve had a wonderful, just a lustrous career to this point and….

PH:  You said “had.”  (Laughs.)

Smitty:  No, I said “to this point.” (Laughs)

PH:  I know.  I’m just kidding.

Smitty:  And it’s still going, my friend, and, you know, I just can’t wait for the Paul Hardcastle new project that’s coming.

PH:  Well, to be honest with you, Smitty, I’m gonna really go all out to make this one because it’s gonna be the fifth one, and I’m gonna try and really make this the best yet, and I think I can do that, actually.

Smitty:  Oh, yes.

PH:  I’m sort of quite inspired by how things have gone and stuff, so I think I could really and honestly say that I think Hardcastle V will be the best one yet ‘cause I’ve got some ideas down and they are all sounding pretty good, so…but, you know, it’s down to what everyone else to say, not for me to say.

Smitty:  Man oh man.  Well, you’ve already have given us Jazzmasters V and something to look forward to with Paul Hardcastle V  Well, this is fantastic, my friend, and thanks for the great tunes over the years and this recent album, and I expect a lot of great things with it and look forward to getting Hardcastle V, my friend.

PH:  Okay, Smitty.  It’s been nice to speak to you as well, mate, and yeah, thanks for all your support and glad you like it.

Smitty:  All right, we’ve been talking with Trippin N Rhythm recording artist Mr. Paul Hardcastle.  He has just released Jazzmasters V.  You have got to check out this great book of music.  I highly recommend it.  Paul, thanks for everything, for the great conversation, the great music, and best of everything in the future, my friend.

PH:  Thank you very much.  And a very Merry Christmas, and a great New Year. Happy Holidays.



Baldwin “Smitty” Smith