Mike + The Mechanics is the debut album by the Genesis bassist and guitarist Mike Rutherford's band Mike + The Mechanics in 1985. The album reached number 26 on the Billboard 200 album charts and had three hit singles
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?"
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The Living Years" is probably the best Mike & the Mechanics album, thanks mostly to the title track. Of course, the self- titled "Living Years" is the standout, the soft rock song sung by Paul Carrack with that unforgettable choir that comes in during the chorus.
Mike + The Mechanics’ Living Years gave the group their career-best placings and included the evergreen almost-title track. Young excelled on the record’s gutsy, upbeat anthems (‘Beautiful Day’; the strident, INXS-style strut of ‘Black & Blue’), while Carrack turned in consummate performances on the complex, slow-burning ‘Why Me?’ and the soulful electro-pop of ‘Don’t’.
A ballad written by Mike Rutherford (a founding member of Genesis) and B. A. Robertson, was released in December 1988 as the second single from their album, Living Years. It hit number 1 spot on the singles charts in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Japan and on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the . and reached on the Official Singles Chart in the . The song was covered many times – for example by Alabama, Michael Ball, Engelbert Humperdinck and James Last. Les McKeown (2) Level 42 (3) Lil Louis (1) Limahl (3) Lime (2) Linda Ronstadt (1) Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville (1) Lionel Richie (6) Lipps Inc (1) Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (2) Lisa Stansfield (3) Living In A Box (4) Liza Minnelli (3) LL Cool J (1) London Boys (1) Los Lobos (1) Loverboy (1) M (1) MARRS (1).