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Debut solo album by the bassist from the DCB, containing 14 top-quality self-written / produced melodic Prog tracks featuring guest players and vocalists!

‘Parallel Lives’ comes an a Mini-LP style Gatefold Card Sleeve and has a musician line-up of: Mick Paul (bass / guitar / backing vocals), Sheila Maloney (piano / keyboards), Ondes Martinet (vocal / synths), Steve Roberts (drums), Craig Blundell (drums), Jinian Wilde (vocals), David Cross (violin), David Jackson (flutes / whistles), Paul Clark (guitar), Dennis Mahon (vocal) and Geoff Winkworth (guitar).

About Mick Paul:
During a career going back to the 1970’s Mick Paul has played bass with many established artists and partaken in numerous tours and TV sessions.
Originally a classical guitarist, he discovered bass at the age of fifteen. His first pro band was the David Reece Band with Mick Wayne from the infamous JUNIORS EYES, playing several shows at the Marquee and college dates. His next was country rock band: COAST ROAD DRIVE with drummer Steve Chapmen who went on to join POCO.
1973 saw Mick join the HOTSHOTS doing Top of the Pops etc, before joining UNION EXPRESS to do several European tours. In 1978 Mick had a long residency, again with Mick Wayne, during this time he also took part in BBC and studio sessions, which led to him being an in-house bassist for a 16-track studio in London. He remembers recording a complete Bhangra album on his fretless Wal in two hours!

Mick then joined KILLER WHALES, being produced by Mike Ratledge and Carl Jenkins from SOFT MACHINE. During this time he co-wrote the labour party campaign song for Neil Kinnock entitled: ‘Meet the Challenge Make the Change’. Around this time, he also recorded sessions for Yello Records, being produced by Tyrell (PM DAWN) and a single for David Hasselhof for Arista/BMG.

From 2008 to 2010 Mick played on various successful dance remixes for LITTLE BOOTS, Aviv Geffen and SNAP and was included on a European tour with MR BIG vocalist Eric Martin.
Although he started writing his own material with some commercial success, it wasn’t until he joined the DAVID CROSS BAND in 1995 that he found his feet as a writer, alongside the realisation that he actually belonged in PROG, as his first big influences were YES and KING CRIMSON. During the recording of ‘Exiles’ (his first recording for the band) Mick worked with Robert Fripp, Peter Hammill, John Wetton and Pete Sinfield, which he recalls was a great experience.
Through various line-ups, Mick has worked with David Cross ever since, writing, producing and performing with the band.
From 2008 to the present the DAVID CROSS BAND have toured Japan and done several tours of Europe. In 2019 the band were invited to perform on the amazing ’Cruise To The Edge’ in Florida and Mexico.
In 2015 during the recording of the Cross/Jackson album: ‘Another Day’ with Craig Blundell, he found there was a lot of material that was very personal to him, and as it was more bass-led, he felt it to be more cohesive when put together in a solo project rather than as part of band ideas. This was the starting point for ‘Parallel Lives’.
Mick worked closely with Paul Clark and Craig Blundell on the initial tracks, and later on as the album developed he found that Sheila Maloney, the original David Cross Band keyboardist, was instrumental in producing and setting the ambience for the later tracks. Both David Cross and David Jackson have also provided guest appearances on a couple of tracks on ‘Parallel Lives’.
Mick is also part of the recently formed The FAE with Sheila Maloney, Jinian Wilde and Steve Roberts.

‘Parallel Lives’ is released on 9th June 2021.


01. Your Days (6:14)
02. Light Of Silence (4:55)
03. No Horizon (4:03)
04. Parallel Lives (5:25)
05. Beneath The Gate (4:27)
06. Uncharted Course (4:18)
07. One Way Conversation (5:02)
08. Cypher (2:35)
09. Swallows (3:25)
10. Comfort Zone (5:39)
11. Frozen Perspective (4:00)
12. Name On You (4:28)
13. Consigned To Reality (4:42)
14. Morning Skyline (4:32)

TPT – 63:45