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Mike & The Mechanics were formed in 1985 by Mike Rutherford as a separate project to run alongside his work with Genesis. They released their eponymous debut album the same year featuring vocals from both Paul Carrack (Ace) and Paul Young (Sad Café) and had an immediate hit with Silent Running. This was followed by a string of further hit singles and albums including The Living Years , a US No.1 single that remains one of the most played songs of all time on FM radio. In 2004 the band reunited for the first time since the sad death of Paul Young in 2000. With Paul Carrack now handling all the lead vocals they went out on the road across Europe, culminating in this outstanding performance at London s Shepherds Bush Empire. The show contains all their greatest hits and is now presented on Blu-ray for the first time. TRACKLISTING 1) Falling 2) Now That You ve Gone 3) Get Up 4) If I Were You 5) Another Cup Of Coffee 6) A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold 7) Perfect Child 8) Whenever I Stop 9) All The Light I Need 10) One Left Standing 11) Silent Running 12) The Living Years 13) Over My Shoulder 14) Word Of Mouth
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Led by the incomparable Paul Carrack,who in my mind is the most underated vocalists around today,he gets better and better.Having seen him a few times on his solo gigs,this man is a gem.Being a drummer myself,I find the whole band awsome in their approach and delivery.
Each song carefully crafted,the sound is superb,what more can one ask for.This should be seen to be believed.With a very mixed audience,young and old,it just shows they appeal to large number of people.
All the hits are there,Another Cup of Coffee,Silent Running,and the best,The Living Years.Buy this one now,its worth every penny.
Paul Carrack is in fine voice and with superb backing from the band the result is a tight and perfect show.Most of their well known songs are included.Personal favourites for me are 'Word Of Mouth' and Mike Rutherfords gorgeous 'The Living Years'.The late Paul Young is also remembered with a fine rendition of 'Beggar On A Beach Of Gold'.
Overall a concert of fourteen tracks with four off their album 'Rewired', all superb particularly, 'Perfect Child'.Simply class and highly recommended!
Mike & The Mechanics was formed in England in 1985 by Mike Rutherford (bass) as a separate project to run alongside his work with Genesis. Other members include Paul Carrack (formerly of Ace, Roxy Music and Squeeze) and Paul Young (vocals; Sad Café; not to be confused with the same-named solo singer), plus Adrian Lee (keyboards) and Peter Van Hooke (drums). Paul Young died of a heart attack in 2000 at age 53. In 2004 the band reunited for the first time since Paul Young’s death. With Paul Carrack now handling all the lead vocals they went out on the road across Europe, culminating in this outstanding performance at London's Shepherds Bush Empire on September 7, 2004.
This concert arrives on blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080i 1.78:1 encode. The picture is generally soft with colours quite subdued. The stage backdrop is rather bland. Some close-up shots result in good detail, but this is hardly eye candy. The entire picture has a washed out appearance. (3.5/5)
The audio is much better, offering up fine, if boring, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz/24-bit) and LPCM 2.0 Stereo (48kHz/24-bit) mixes. The lossless 5.1 is nicely balanced with good instrumental separation across the front, a bit of room ambience spreading through the surrounds and occasional crowd noise. The bass is adequate. Highs are just a little tweaked. The LPCM 2.0 sounds nearly identical in its balance, stereo spread and tonality, lacking only a little of the extra ambience from the surrounds and perhaps some of the added bottom. (4/5)
Although there are certainly sentimental threads that run throughout the set list (from the newer "Perfect Child" to the classic "The Living Years"), there are also several vibrant moments of rock ‘n' soul that could only come from the converging of a progressive rock mastermind and one of the finest (albeit most underrated) singers to ever come out of England. The pair's chemistry is apparent time and time again, from the empowering "Get Up" to the chilling "A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold" to a jazzed down rendition of "Silent Running."
Besides the main program, which closes with a harmony-heavy version of the joyous "Word Of Mouth," many of the aforementioned tunes also pop up in the music video format as bonus features. Though they are most definitely dated products of their time periods, a core fan is sure to covet these clips, some of which have rarely, if ever, seen the light of day in America. A bonus interview with the two main members also helps paint a career spanning picture of the underappreciated act, and considering their creative partnership is currently dissolved, this could quite possibly be the only chance to ever see the group's surviving nucleus in concert.
I have compiled a detailed track listing (with singles chart position in US & UK, year, plus source of album) which is as follows:
01 Falling (from album Rewired, 2004)
02 Now That You’ve Gone (UK 35/1999)(from album Mike + The Mechanics, 1999)
03 Get Up (from album Word Of Mouth, 1991)
04 If I Were You (from album Rewired, 2004)
05 Another Cup Of Coffee (UK 51/1995)(from album A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold, 1995)
06 A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold (UK 33/1995)(from album A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold, 1995)
07 Perfect Child (from album Rewired, 2004)
08 Whenever I Stop (UK 73/1999)(from album Mike + The Mechanics, 1999)
09 All The Light Your Need (from album Mike + The Mechanics, 1999)
10 One Left Standing (from album Rewired, 2004)
11 Silent Running (US 6/1985; UK 21/1985)(from album Mike + The Mechanics, 1985)
12 The Living Years (US 1/1989; UK 2/1989)(from album The Living Years, 1989)
13 Over My Shoulder (UK 12/1991)(from album A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold, 1995)
14 World Of Mouth (US 78/1991; UK 13/1991)(from album Word Of Mouth, 1991)
Bonus features include promo videos of Silent Running, The Living Years, Word Of Mouth, Over My Shoulder, A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold, Another Cup Of Coffee and One Left Standing.
Eagle Rock has released numerous great blu ray concerts in the past. Two recent examples are Bee Gees One Night Only (my review elsewhere) and UB40 Live at Montreux 2002. The above concert Live at Shepherds Bush London was available on DVD in 2005. This blu ray release should be way better than the DVD counterpart, especially now we have upconverted video and DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio lossless track, which is more superior than the regular lossy DTS 5.1.
The show contains all their greatest hits (the most obvious omission is All I Need Is A Miracle), and is now presented on blu ray for the first time. Although the performance is hardly rousing, the sound is good and competent. Although some people may complain of the bland backdrop and boring arrangements of songs, I personally prefer the music to sound like the studio versions that I am familiar with. I buy this mainly for sentimental value. If you are a fan of Mike + The Mechanics, then you probably can’t go wrong with this purchase.
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