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Say It Loud, Say It Clear: New Mike + The Mechanics Compilation Stacks Hits and Rarities (UPDATED 10/24)

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Mike + The Mechanics The Singles 1986-2014UPDATE (10/24/2013): This set has been pushed back to January 20, 2014 (and duly retitled) to better coincide with some more Mike + The Mechanics events in the coming year, including a U.K. tour in the winter of 2014, a forthcoming memoir from Rutherford and a planned reissue of The Living Years for its 25th anniversary.

Original post (9/12/2013):Although Phil Collins was the one member of Genesis it was impossible to escape during the ’80s, thanks to an increasingly popular solo career and some phenomenal production credits, he was far from the only one of the trio with a solo hot streak in that decade. This year, Universal U.K. will honor the other major Genesis spinoff – guitarist/bassist Mike Rutherford’s Mike + The Mechanics project – with an impressive double-disc compilation.

Singles 1986-2014 traces, in two discs, the complete history of the band, from their mid-’80s hits “All I Need is a Miracle,” “Silent Running” and “The Living Years” to their most recent album, the U.K.-only The Road in 2011. Of course, Rutherford was hardly on his own in the band; the band’s output through 1995 also featured a lineup that included Adrian Lee (of Cliff Richard’s touring band) on keyboards, drummer Peter Van Hooke (chief rhythmatist on Van Morrison’s late ’70s/early ’80s output) and the knockout punch of vocalists Paul Young (the late Sad Café frontman, not the blue-eyed soul singer of the ’80s) and Ace/Roxy Music/Squeeze soul survivor Paul Carrack. (Rutherford, Carrack and Young were the de facto lineup for 1999’s Mike & The Mechanics; after Young’s death, the duo carried on the name for 2004’s Rewired, which Van Hooke co-produced. The Road did reunite Rutherford with producer Christopher Neil, who produced or co-produced all of the band’s classic albums.)

The new set features hits and selections from every one of the band’s studio albums on Disc 1, while Disc 2 features 17 rare B-sides and non-LP tracks – including two unreleased tracks, the new “When My Feet Don’t Touch the Ground,” and “One by One,” an outtake with the vocal talents of both Carrack and Young prominently featured. If you’re a fan, this looks like quite a set.

Look for Singles 1986-2014 on October 21; Amazon U.K. currently lists single and double-disc versions, though it erroneously states the 2CD version to have a DVD. The full specs and pre-order links are after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Mike Duquette

October 24, 2013 at 14:56