The Living Years

The Living Years

by Mike + the MechanicsMike + the Mechanics


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With The Living Years, Mike + the Mechanics firmly established themselves in the adult contemporary genre after the mid-'80s pop of their debut. Slickly produced with rich vocals from Paul Carrack and Paul Young, The Living Years moves smoothly between anthemic ballads such as the title track and more upbeat numbers such as "Seeing Is Believing." The band even shows a trace of Mike Rutherford's prog rock roots with Genesis on the epic-like "Why Me?" When the bandmembers try their hands at funk, as on "Don't," or harder rock, as on "Black and Blue," they sound quite out of their element. But on midtempo tracks with Rutherford's trademark bubbly bass (such as "Nobody's Perfect" and "Beautiful Day") and on the infectious "Poor Boy Down," the group displays a soulfulness that many in the genre lack, even while there is a distinct lack of individuality present in their musicianship.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678192340
catalogNumber: 81923

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike + the Mechanics   Primary Artist
Paul Carrack   Vocals,Background Vocals
BA Robertson   Keyboards
Alan Carvell   Background Vocals
Martin Ditcham   Percussion
Sal Gallina   Keyboards
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Adrian Lee   Keyboards
Alan Murphy   Guitar
Christopher Neil   Background Vocals
Mike Rutherford   Guitar,Tenor (Vocal)
Peter Van Hooke   Drums
Paul Young   Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Stuckey   Choir Master

Technical Credits

Tony Banks   Engineer
Nick Davis   Engineer
Christopher Neil   Producer
Mike Rutherford   Producer
Halpin Grey Vermeir   Cover Design

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