Smooth Operator – EMI Publishing Demo – London – Sade – June 1983
The was a demo recording the original Sade band produced for EMI and is one of the first ever studio recordings fixed to master tape of the hit single ‘Smooth Operator’ Certain members of the group Sade went onto claim ownership of this title in 1984 through an agreement with EMI Publishing. The ownership of this title was contested by Paul Cooke through his solicitors in 1995 in the High Courts in London, against the remaining members of the group Sade, Sony and EMI Publishing as well as Ray St John the songs originator from a group called Pride. The song was originally called ‘Diamond Life’ and the Sade group changed this to ‘Smooth Operator’. Sade took ray St Johns original song title as the name for their first album release in 1984.
Cherry Pie – Solid Light Studios – Camden, London – Sade – 1982
This song represents a recording at the original groups rehearsal studios in London. This was the live version of the song that was played by the band in the clubs for many years up to the singer signing her solo recording contract with CBS Records in October 1983. Andrew Hale was not a member of the original group Sade he joined in the summer of 1983 as the bands keyboard session player.
Message in a Melody – Zarjazz Studios – Camden, London – Esposito 1986
This song was produced by Paul Cooke and Mark Bedford for the Madness bands label Zarjazz operating through Virgin at the time. This was the scheduled first single on the bands fledgling label operated and run by Mark Bedford and the groups manager at the time. One of Earth Wind and Fires original backing singers was working with Madness at the time of this recording and he worked with Paul Cooke on the backing vocals for this track. The lead vocal was provided by the bands singer Dino Houtas.
Esposito Interview – BBC World Service, Lyndsey Shapiro – London – 1986
P Eye Eye – EMIT 2295 & 2000 Time Recordings – Nottingham 1995
This track is now a cult classic in the electronica genre after Paul Cooke and his partner in the group Andrew Smith won a Future Music Publishing competition to work with the famous TIME recordings label based in Nottingham. The track went onto feature on their EMIT 2295 album as well as be released via Instinct Records in 2000 in the USA.
Snake Bite – Solid Light Studios – Camden, London – PSP (Sade) – 1982
PSP was a small jazz trio that consisted of Paul Cooke, Paul Denman and Stuart Mathewman on sax otherwise known as the Martini Boys. This was the original Sade backing band that created all the music for all the songs from 1982 until 1983 when joined by session keyboard player Andrew Hale. This song features on the album Diamond Life by Sade and was originally written by Cooke/Denman/Mathewman
BBC Radio One Interview – Paul Cooke – 1995
Smooth Operator – USA – Gemini 1998
This version of Smooth Operator was produced by Paul Cooke in the USA with singing duo ‘Gemini’ from Southern America.
N-Toxicate vs Sade – Hull, UK – 2004
This mashup was created and produced by Hull DJ N-Toxicate who features at the Welly Club in Hull on a regular basis. AKA Baz Brooks.
Sade Concert – U4 Club – Vienna 1983 – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED DLR 1983
Paul Cooke – You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Cold Storage Studios – Brixton, London 1999
This song was written and produced by Paul Cooke for his band Papa Divine an R&B group he formed in London in the late 1980’s after Esposito split up. Paul performed the drums on this recording as well as sang the Vocals on the track. The track was released as a 7″ Vinyl single on his own IVI Records Label based in his home city of Hull. The label operated from a recording studio base at a city arts project co funded by the local authority in a converted school at Middleton Street School, Spring Bank, Hull.
Paul Cooke – Star Lit Skies – Scarborough, UK 2008
This song was written and produced by Paul Cooke and recorded in Scarborough, East Yorkshire with the singer Sharon Cuthbert a Hull artist. The arrangement was further created and a final master recording was made by Dutch Producer AD Ryan in a studio in the Netherlands. Paul Cooke contributed the drums on this recording.
AD Ryan – Smooth Operator – Holland, UK 2007
This version of Smooth Operator was mixed and produced by Dutch producer AD Ryan at his studio in the Netherlands.