Mike And The Mechanics will mark the 25th anniversary of signature track The Living Years with two releases on January 20 via Universal.
Genesis man Mike Rutherford’s collective were formed in 1985 and launched a series of top-selling singles including Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground), All I Need Is A Miracle, Word Of Mouth and Over My Shoulder.
But The Living Years, from the album Living Years released in 1988, took the band to a new level – resulting in top-ten billings across the world and receiving a Grammy nomination. It was co-written by BA Robertson and sung by Paul Carrack.
Rutherford says: "I’m proud of the writing and recording of so many of the songs, and of all the musicians involved, along with the producers, engineers and technical staff. Especially Paul Carrack and Paul Young, two of the finest voices."
"Now Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar are carrying on the Mechanics sound with me. That sound is the combination of everyone involved – and the fact that people can recognise it is one of our best achievements."
Their 2CD set The Singles: 1985-2014 features a brand-new song, When My Feet Don’t Touch The Ground, and a previously unreleased track, One By One, featuring Carrack and Young.
Meanwhile, the Living Years 25th Anniversary Edition includes the original album plus 12 live recordings and a new version of the leading single featuring Roachford.
Mike And The Mechanics will tour the UK starting in February.
© Classic Rock Magazine, by Martin Kielty