Mike + the Mechanics

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
With all of it's members exercising their expertise, the debut album from Mike + the Mechanics posted two Top Ten singles in the span of three months. The songwriting comes out on top before anything else, with the somber stir of "Silent Running," the album's first release, peaking at number six. "All I Need Is a Miracle" followed at number five, with it's Genesis-like tempo and polished chorus, and even "Taken In" cracked the Top 40, a simple ballad that's bettered by Paul Young's genuine emotional charm. Carrack sounds just as sharp as he did with Ace or Squeeze throughout the album's nine tracks, while Rutherford's overseeing of the entire project is apparent. While ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
With all of it's members exercising their expertise, the debut album from Mike + the Mechanics posted two Top Ten singles in the span of three months. The songwriting comes out on top before anything else, with the somber stir of "Silent Running," the album's first release, peaking at number six. "All I Need Is a Miracle" followed at number five, with it's Genesis-like tempo and polished chorus, and even "Taken In" cracked the Top 40, a simple ballad that's bettered by Paul Young's genuine emotional charm. Carrack sounds just as sharp as he did with Ace or Squeeze throughout the album's nine tracks, while Rutherford's overseeing of the entire project is apparent. While Mike Rutherford's guitar work isn't overwhelming, both his six-string and bass guitar contributions complete a sound foundation for the vocals. The mood setting drum work of Peter Van Hooke and the keyboard fills from Adrian Lee play a large part in setting the album's tone, and add some pop zest to the majority of the tracks. Even though their next album gave Mike + the Mechanics a number one hit with the darkened "Living Years," their debut reflects a more compliant sound in every aspect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075678128721
  • Catalog Number: 81287
  • Sales rank: 44,681

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Silent Running (6:10)
  2. 2 All I Need Is a Miracle (4:10)
  3. 3 Par Avion (3:36)
  4. 4 Hanging by a Thread (4:40)
  5. 5 I Get the Feeling (4:27)
  6. 6 Take the Reins (4:18)
  7. 7 You Are the One (3:41)
  8. 8 A Call to Arms (4:38)
  9. 9 Taken In (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mike + the Mechanics Primary Artist
Paul Carrack Vocals
John Kirby Vocals
Derek Austin Keyboards
Ray Beavis Saxophone
Alan Carvell Background Vocals
John Earle Saxophone
Luis Jardim Percussion
Adrian Lee Keyboards
Alan Murphy Guitar
Christopher Neil Background Vocals
Mike Rutherford Bass, Guitar
Linda Taylor Background Vocals
Peter Van Hooke Drums
Ian Wherry Keyboards
Paul Young Vocals
Technical Credits
Phil Collins Composer
B.A. Robertson Composer
Tony Banks Composer
Simon Hurrell Engineer
Christopher Neil Composer, Producer
Mike Rutherford Composer
Lewis Moberly Art Direction
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