Genesis bandmate Phil Collins was focusing on his blossoming solo career in the mid-1980s when Mike Rutherford started a side project of his own in Mike + The Mechanics. The acclaimed guitarist/bassist recruited vocalists Paul Carrack and Paul Young and the lads enjoyed some instant success when their 1985 self-titled debut album spawned a pair of hit singles in “Silent Running” and “All I Need Is a Miracle.”
They followed that up with the platinum-selling “Living Years” in 1989 and the title track became their first and only No. 1 single. The folks at Rhino are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mike + The Mechanics with a deluxe reissue of their sophomore album.
The two-disc set includes a remastered version of the original, highlighted by the title track, “Seeing Is Believing” and “Nobody’s Perfect.” The second disc is the real find — and makes the upgrade a worthy investment with a series of live recordings from the 1989 Living Years U.K. Tour. Keepers include renditions of “Silent Running,” “Take the Reins,” “Nobody’s Perfect” and “Hanging By a Thread.” There’s also a 2014 live recording of “Living Years” featuring new vocalist Andrew Roachford. (Jeffrey Sisk)