00000tmpIf you were a Genesis fan, then you were pleased to get more music from Genesis co-founder, Mike Rutherford as he formed his new band back in 1985.  That new band was called Mike + The Mechanics.  It employed the vocals of Paul Young (Sad Cafe), and Paul Carrack (Ace/Squeeze).  With the ‘out of the gate’ Top10 hits of “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)”, and “All I Need Is A Miracle”, both from the release of the self-titled debut, and both featuring different lead vocalists with Young On “All I Need Is A Miracle”, and Carrack on “Silent Running”, the UK band was set for the duration of their tenure.

Mike + The Mechanics followed up the extraordinary debut with the release of their 1988 LP hit, Living Years.  That album provided their Number One hit, “The Living Years”, as well as a few released lesser single hits (“Nobody’s Perfect”, “Seeing Is Believing”).  The song, “The Living Years” was nominated for a Grammy in 1990, losing to Bette Midler’s rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings”.

As previously noted in a TAPSheet post, Atlantic Records will release a 2CD 25th Anniversary Edition of Living Years with a bonus disc of 10 live tracks, and will additionally provide a brand new recording of “The Living Years”.  The set will offer a 24-page booklet to further help celebrate the album’s lasting quality.

The 2CD 25th Anniversary Edition of Living Years is scheduled for release on April 8.

By MARowe

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  1. Their first album was one of the biggest disappointments I’ve encountered collecting Genesis-related music. I was actually drawn to try them because I was a huge Paul Young fan when he was with Sad Cafe, especially their first few albums. I found the whole album slick, put together well but frankly boring. I would have thought with the power musicians in this group that they could have blown the doors open but it was just OK for me. I never heard Living Years – is it a leap forward or more of the same?

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