Mike + The Mechanics Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue

Mike + The Mechanics

Released on April 5, 2019 by BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Main artist: Mike + The Mechanics

Genre: Pop/Rock > Pop

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Out of the Blue finds Mike + The Mechanics -- which, in 2019, claims Mike Rutherford as its only original member -- revisiting their catalog with the assistance of their 2010s vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. The party line behind Out of the Blue is that the group discovered new ways of playing old songs while on tour supporting 2017's Let Me Fly, so they decided to head into the studio to document these versions. They added three new songs to the mix -- "One Way," "What Would You Do," and "Out of the Blue" all gleaming and crisp adult contemporary pop, all bunched toward the beginning of the record -- and they function as proof that the group still exists in the living years. They're needed, since the new versions of the big hits -- "All I Need Is a Miracle," "Silent Running," and "The Living Years" chief among them -- are odd combinations of vintage synths, stiff modern electronics, and excessively soulful singing that don't quite gel into a convincing reinterpretation. Out of the Blue is hardly bad -- these guys are pros, they know how not to embarrass themselves -- but it feels superfluous, a curious footnote instead of a satisfying coda. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Album : 1 disk - 17 tracks Total length : 01:16:42

  1. 1 One Way

    Andrew Roachford, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Paul Meehan, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Clark Datchler, Composer, Writer - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  2. 2 Out of the Blue

    Andrew Roachford, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Paul Meehan, Producer, Keyboards, Programmer, Drum Programmer - James Thompson, Backing Vocals - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Joy Malcolm, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Clark Datchler, Composer, Writer - Gary Wallis, Drums - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Backing Vocals - Byron Jones, Backing Vocals - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  3. 3 What Would You Do

    Andrew Roachford, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals, Lead Vocals, Writer - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Tim Howar, Vocals, Backing Vocals - Clark Datchler, Composer, Keyboards, Writer - Gary Wallis, Drums, Drum Programmer - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  4. 4 The Living Years (2019 Version)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - B.A. Robertson, Composer, Writer - Geoff Callingham, Contributor - Tim Howar, Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike Bowen, Contributor - Mike + The Mechanics, Composer, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer - Sal Galina, Contributor Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  5. 5 Beggar on a Beach of Gold (2019 Version)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - B.A. Robertson, Composer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  6. 6 Get Up (2019 Version)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Paul Carrack, Composer, Writer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  7. 7 Another Cup of Coffee (2019 Version)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Michael Rutherford, Writer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Christopher Neil, Composer, Writer - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, Composer, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  8. 8 All I Need Is a Miracle (2019 Version)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Christopher Neil, Composer, Writer - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, Composer, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  9. 9 Silent Running (2019 Version)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - B.A. Robertson, Composer, Writer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  10. 10 Over My Shoulder (2019 Version)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals, Lead Vocals - P. Carrack, Composer - Paul Meehan, Producer - James Thompson, Backing Vocals - Michael Rutherford, Writer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Joy Malcolm, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - M. Rutherford, Writer - Anthony Drennan, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Paul Carrack, Composer, Writer - B.A. Robertson, Writer - Tim Howar, Vocals, Backing Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Backing Vocals - Byron Jones, Backing Vocals - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  11. 11 Word of Mouth (2019 Version)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Christopher Neil, Composer - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer - Christoper Neil, Writer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  12. 12 Don't Know What Came Over Me (Acoustic)

    Andrew Roachford, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals, Writer - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Clark Datchler, Composer, Writer - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, Composer, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  13. 13 The Best Is Yet to Come (Acoustic)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Clark Datchler, Composer - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  14. 14 The Living Years (Acoustic)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals, Lead Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - B.A. Robertson, Composer, Writer - Geoff Callingham, Contributor - Tim Howar, Vocals, Backing Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike Bowen, Contributor - Mike + The Mechanics, Composer, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer - Sal Galina, Contributor Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  15. 15 Beggar on a Beach of Gold (Acoustic)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - B.A. Robertson, Composer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  16. 16 Another Cup of Coffee (Acoustic)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - Paul Meehan, Producer - Michael Rutherford, Writer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Christopher Neil, Composer, Writer - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Drum Programmer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, Composer, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  17. 17 Over My Shoulder (Acoustic)

    Andrew Roachford, Keyboards, Vocals - P. Carrack, Composer - Paul Meehan, Producer - Michael Rutherford, Writer - Luke Juby, Keyboards, Backing Vocals - Mike Rutherford, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Programmer, Writer, Drum Programmer - M. Rutherford, Writer - Anthony Drennan, Bass Guitar, Lead Guitar - Nick Davis, Engineer - Dick Beetham, Engineer - Paul Carrack, Composer, Writer - B.A. Robertson, Writer - Tim Howar, Vocals - Gary Wallis, Drums - Mike + The Mechanics, MainArtist - Harry Rutherford, Engineer Copyright : 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited 2019 Michael Rutherford Limited under exclusive licence to BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

  • Album description
  • Out of the Blue finds Mike + The Mechanics -- which, in 2019, claims Mike Rutherford as its only original member -- revisiting their catalog with the assistance of their 2010s vocalists Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar. The party line behind Out of the Blue is that the group discovered new ways of playing old songs while on tour supporting 2017's Let Me Fly, so they decided to head into the studio to document these versions. They added three new songs to the mix -- "One Way," "What Would You Do," and "Out of the Blue" all gleaming and crisp adult contemporary pop, all bunched toward the beginning of the record -- and they function as proof that the group still exists in the living years. They're needed, since the new versions of the big hits -- "All I Need Is a Miracle," "Silent Running," and "The Living Years" chief among them -- are odd combinations of vintage synths, stiff modern electronics, and excessively soulful singing that don't quite gel into a convincing reinterpretation. Out of the Blue is hardly bad -- these guys are pros, they know how not to embarrass themselves -- but it feels superfluous, a curious footnote instead of a satisfying coda. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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