I freely admit to not being very aware of Mike & the Mechanic`s musical output beyond the singles played on radio,
or indeed to Paul`s early career from the early 60`s through the 70`s. He was to me the vocalist that set Sad Cafe
apart from the herd in the late 70s/early 80s when they seemed to be on the edge of a decent `chart career`, for want of a better term.
However, as with so many other bands and solo artists, changes of management, record label and band membership slowly dismembered the band, although Paul and Ian Wilson did continue to release noteable material under such adverse conditions.
I am ashamed to admit that for quite a long time I was unaware of Paul`s passing, wondering with each year if there
would be some new Sad Cafe material - until now we find ourselves gifted with Chronicles!
I won`t pretend that every track is great, although the production work on most - in my opinion - is stunning.
Considering that this album is assembled from unfinished works and home demos, with the input of former band-mates and associates, one really does have to wonder at where he would be today were Paul still among us?
Please read the other reviews, but I honestly haven`t heard a better track than `Water now the Seed` in a very long time - if there were active promotion work on it then this rightly would be widely played and recognised for it`s simplicity and poignancy. As for `Here comes the future` - indeed?
Please don`t take my word for it, but do simply trust your ears - download a couple of tracks, or just buy the disc - honestly, I`m not on a percentage!