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This review is from: The Singles: 1985-2014 (Audio CD)
When Mike Rutherford formed Mike and the Mechanics in the mid 1980's it was as a side project to keep himself occupied between Genesis albums. But a series of hits during the next decade or so meant that they became more successful than he was probably expecting - although he never matched the juggernaut success of Phil Collins' solo career of the time.
This means that Disc 1 (The Singles) has a generous collection of radio-friendly songs that still sound good today - Silent Running, All I Need Is A Miracle, The Living Years, Over My Shoulder and Nobody's Perfect, for example.
There's some filler on this disc too though as some of the other tracks are less engaging. And while the casual purchaser would probably be happy with the one disc release, for those who want to dig a little deeper there's a two CD set with a second disc featuring rarities and b-sides. Of these, the unreleased track One By One (featuring Paul Carrack and Paul Young) is worth a listen as is the acoustic My Crime Of Passion.
Although it's hard to imagine they were ever anyone's favourite band, these two CDs are a good reminder of their many strengths, although the lesser tracks do illustrate that at times their music could be somewhat workmanlike. But there's enough gems here to make this a worthwhile purchase.