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Mike and the Mechanics set to issue hits package, new song

A forthcoming collection of hits and rarities from Mike and the Mechanics will include a previously unreleased track featuring original singers Paul Carrack and the late Paul Young, as well as a new song.

The Singles: 1986-2013, originally set for October 21, 2013 release but now reportedly slated for January 2013, is dotted with expected hits like "All I Need is a Miracle," "The Living Years" and "Silent Running." But Mike Rutherford and the retooled edition of Mike and the Mechanics have also quickly assembled something new called "When My Feet Don"t Touch the Ground," featuring one of the band"s two current lead singers, Andrew Roachford.

"We have Monday, Tuesday to write it," Rutherford, who previously co-founded Genesis, tells Ettienne Ludick. "And then there was Wednesday to record it — and we did it. I felt good, because we"ve become a band since we first recorded. We can take a song, and the band can make it come to life."

The officially announced tracklisting for Singles: 1986-2013 does not, however, include a previously announced update of "The Living Years" with Roachford working alongside a South African choir. This intriguing rethinking of t, which will apparently appear separately.

"You want to celebrate the 25-year anniversary," Rutherford says, "but because Andrew is now singing it on stage, and he does it differently, I thought it justified it. So we did a different-sounding version. We used this operatic ensemble from Cape Town called Isango. They sang the chorus, and it"s got an African feel to it. I think it stands up on its own two legs."

Carrack and Young are featured on "One By One." Tim Howar also now shares vocal duties in Mike and the Mechanics.

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Mike & The Mechanics Interview by Ettienne Ludick Flash Productions

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