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Collector's Corner: the single "The Living Years" by Mike + The Mechanics, December 27, 1988

On December 27, 1988, Mike + The Mechanics' hit single "The Living Years" was released.

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"The Living Years"
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Single by Mike + The Mechanics
from the album Living Years
B-side "Too Many Friends"
Released December 27 1988[1]
Size Cassette Single, 7 "
Recorded 1988
Gender Pop, Ballad
Length 5:32
Label Atlantic, WEA
Songwriter (s) Mike Rutherford, BA Robertson
Producer (s) Christopher Neil, Mike Rutherford

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70 years of Mike Rutherford - AUDIO, VIDEO & MEMORIES

Unforgettable stories and memories, through audio, video, documents and much more.

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On 2 October 1950 he was born Michael John Cloete Crawford Rutherford. Here are some moments of his career (in strictly non-chronological order).

He co-founded the school band Anon with Anthony Phillips and Richard Macphail, in 1965, after that they split and formed Genesis in 1967 with fellow Charterhouse mates Tony Banks, Peter Gabriel and Chris Stewart. Rutherford disliked his time at the Charterhouse and was deported for minor offenses: 

 

In 1982 he celebrated his birthday on the stage in Milton Keynes, UK, during the charity reunion in favor of Peter Gabriel (and the audience wishes him singing):

Genesis: the reunion charity to help Peter Gabriel, October 2, 1982 

Characteristics were his double handle guitars.

During the first live tours, Rutherford often used a custom built Rickenbacker double neck with semi-hollow body 12-string guitar and 4-string bass (now on display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum).

For "The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway" and the first part of the "Trick of the Tail" tour, incorporated a solid body 12-string Rickenbacker guitar and a 6-string Micro-Frets Signature Baritone, equipped with short-scale 6-string bass strings.

He later moved on to another combination of 12 solid body strings and 6 bass strings. For the "Mama" and "Invisible Touch" tour had a six-string guitar and four-string bass inserted into a custom body

For the 2007 tour with Genesis, Rutherford had a twelve-string Gibson guitar with a Yamaha TRB-4P bass. Source.

Combination that should also reappear at next tour in 2021.

 

This year he celebrated 40 years of his masterpiece:

His second solo album, "Acting Very Strange" was released on September 7, 1982:

The first album with the Mechanics comes out on October 5th 1985:

The latest with the Mechanics is "Out of the Blue", released on April 5, 2019:

With Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins, he participated in the soundtrack of on the "Against All Odds", with the song "Making A Big Mistake":

In June 2019 he played on the Berlin stage with Phil Collins, a mini-reunion unforgettable:

The last tour in Italy was with the Mechanics in 2017:

In 2014, Rutherford published "The Living Years: The First Genesis Memoir", his autobiography:

The first book on Rutherford's solo career, titled "Silent Runner" by Mario Giammetti, was published in Italy (Edizioni Segno) in 2011:

With the Mechanics at the Grammy Awards on February 21, 1990:

In addition to Genesis, ex Genesis, musicians from his solo albums and Mechanics, Mike has played in public with Brian May, David Gilmour, Joe Walsh and many other guitarists at the Strat Pack Concert in 2004, to celebrate 50 years of the Fender Stratocaster:

E with Ed Sheeran and Nick Mason at the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympic Games on 12 August 2012:

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Mike Rutherford: charity concert for Music for Meals

The second Music for Meals Sessions was held on Thursday 7 May with Mike Rutherford.

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Right now Mike is helping with a project: Provide meals to the Khayelitsha community from the kitchens of Ellerman House and the Fyn Restaurant.

Rutherford performed live. 

To help: https://bit.ly/2y39g1A.

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Mike Rutherford in concert for the fight against cancer - TRAILER

Mike Rutherford will be part of the stellar cast he will play at The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity charity concert to fight cancer. The charity event will take place on March 3rd in London. here is the TRAILER.

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Mike with Eric ClaptonRick Wakeman of Yes, Nick Mason of Pink Floyd, John Illsley of Dire Straits e Cat Stevens they will be among the rock stars who will perform at the benefit concert Music For The Marsden.

The event, organized by the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, will take place at O2 Arena in London, Tuesday March 3, with the goal of raising £ 70 million of funds for the new Oak Cancer Center. The Center will bring together over 400 researchers to help accelerate the development of new cancer treatments.

Gary Brooker Procol Harum will be the musical director of the evening, with Ian Paice Deep Purple (drums), Paul Wickens (Keyboards), Andy fairweather low (guitar), Robbie mcintosh (guitar), Dave Bronze (low) e Graham Broad (battery).

To purchase tickets: royalmarsden.org/music-marsden.

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Mike Rutherford: 40 years of Smallcreep's Day, released February 15, 1980 - AUDIO, VIDEO and MIKE'S MEMORIES

Unforgettable stories and memories, through audio, video, documents and much more.

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Smallcreep's Day is the first solo studio album by Mike Rutherford , published on February XNUMX, XNUMX by Charisma Records.

The disc has a particular structure and came out in two different versions in Europe and the USA.

"I wasn't dying to make a solo record, but I thought it could be quite fun", Mike says in his autobiography:

Mike recorded it in 1979 while Genesis was inactive, during which he and Tony Banks made their first solo albums. 

La title track 24 minutes is based on Peter Currell Brown's 1965 novel "Smallcreep's Day", which tells the story of Mr. Smallcreep and the journey to discover himself, through the assembly line of the factory where he worked for forty years. Compared to the original which inspired it, the story narrated by Mike in the album includes a happy end.

Rutherford used short musical ideas developed over several years and unused. These songs have become a long song that takes up an entire side of the vinyl.

"One of the nicest things about making the record was thinking about who I wanted to work with - Mike recalls -: Simon Phillips, a drummer I'd always admired; Noel McCalla, a session singer with a very high voice, and Ant on keyboards. In any other band working with other musicians would be seen as the start of a slippery slope: 'What's wrong with us?' But Tony was also taking the opportunity to make a solo album while Phil was away and the bond between the three of us was such that we never felt threatened by anything we did outside the band."

The cover was designed and illustrated by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis, who produced Genesis albums "A Trick of the Tail", "Wind & Wuthering" and "... And Then There Were Three ... . ".

"Storm Thorgerson had designed several covers for Genesis and
so it seemed like a natural choice for Smallcreep's Day design ", 
recalls Mike.

After choosing an image he wanted on the cover, Thorgerson's idea was to spray it with the ink being developed, so that it only came out in part. Six different versions were produced, e Rutherford chose the design he liked best.

"As an album Smallcreep's Day is strong enough from an instrumental point of view, but its true value it was like a breath of fresh creative air - Mike still remembers -. Unlike other bands, our solo projects were never a reaction to being unhappy with what we were doing as a group and going forward. We'd always work on solo projects between albums. It was one of the things that marked us out and made us unusual as a band, and I think it was an important part of what kept us going, too. We learned how much we appreciated the other members of the band and, because we were doing something different and challenging individually."

The album hit number 13 on the UK album chart and the number 163 on the United States Billboard 200.

Rutherford released two singles on the album. The first, "Working in Line" with the track not included in the album "Compression" on the B side, was released in February 1980. A second, "Time and Time Again" and "At the End of the Day", is was published in July.

The following Track list it is taken from the original British version. The two sides were exchanged in the United States:

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Smallcreep's Day"
I. "Between the Tick & the Tock"
II. "Working in Line"
III. "After Hours"
IV. "Cats and Rats (In This Neighborhood)"
V. "Smallcreep Alone"
YOU. "Out Into the Daylight"
VII. "At the End of the Day"
24:41

Side B
No. Title Length
1. "Moonshine" 6:26
2. "Time and Time Again" 4:54
3. "Romans" 5:27
4. "Every Road" 4:15
5. "Overnight Job" 5:44

Musicians:

Anthony Phillips - Keyboards
Noel McCalla - rumors
Simon Phillips - drums
Morris Pert - percussion
Mike Rutherford - guitars, basses

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Genesis & Co. Live Events: Tribute to Anthony Phillips & Mike Rutherford

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Friday 15th & Saturday 16th November: Anthony Phillips & Mike Rutherford solo albums. TICKETS.


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The first ever live performance of the solo music of Anthony Phillips and Mike Rutherford composed in the 1970s, will be performed live on the Trading Boundaries stage.

The evenings, endorsed by both Anthony Phillips and Mike Rutherford, has Rocking Horse Music Club from the USA returning to Trading Boundaries to showcase the music of Anthony Phillips with additional songs from Mike Rutherford's first solo album 'Smallcreep's Day' with Noel McCalla, who provided original vocals on the album, joining them on stage.

Working directly with Anthony Phillips, Rocking Horse Music Club has lovingly curated a selection of songs primarily from his first three solo albums, The Geese & the Ghost, Wise After the Event, and Sides.

This will be the first time this music will be performed live by a full band - LAST TICKETS

Rocking Horse Music Club includes Coombes (keyboards / vocals), Eric Wagley (drums), Brenden Harisiades (bass), Myron Kibbee (guitars), Mike McAdam (guitars), Patrik Gochez (vocals / piano / guitar), and Justin Cohn (vocals / guitar) .

"Paperchase" video, from the album "Which Way The Wind Blows: The Music Of Anthony Phillips":

Coombes and his team have worked with world class artists including Anthony Phillips (Genesis), Ian McDonald (King Crimson), Chris Difford (Squeeze), Vernon Reid (Living Color), Greg Hawkes (the Cars), Kenwood Dennard (Brand X) , Garth Hudson (the Band), Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention), Nick Magnus (Steve Hackett), Jonathan Mover (GTR), Dale Newman (Genesis associate), Kate St John (Dream Academy), and many others.

Rocking Horse Music Club 2019 (left to right): Eric Wagley, Brenden Harisaides, Brian Coombes, Patrik Gochez, Justin Cohn, Mike McAdam, and Myron Kibbee.

Rocking Horse Music Club has recently received two Best Song nominations from the Independent Music Awards for its song, Everywhere is Home, which features London's Sing Gospel choir. The song has received airplay on BBC Radio 2 and London Live, as well as regional BBC and independent radio in the UK. The band toured the UK in support of its debut album in September 2018, including an appearance on BBC Radio Kent and a well-received performance here at Trading Boundaries.

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WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS (2019) - BY NOW ON AMAZON

Rocking Horse Music Club presents the music of original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips. Features guest appearances by Steve Hackett, John Hackett, Noel McCalla, Nick Magnus, John Helliwell, Kate St. John, and others.

  1. Um & Aargh
  2. Paperchase
  3. Which Way the Wind Blows
  4. Silver Song
  5. Something Blue
  6. Pulling Faces
  7. Collections
  8. Sleepfall: The Geese Fly West
  9. Nightmare

From his days as a 15 year old playing support to the Shadows at a pub gig to appearing as lead singer with headliners on most of Europe's biggest stages with Mezzoforte and Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Noel McCalla has consistently stood out from the crowd.

As singer with Sniff'n the Tears, Moon and McCalla and a long association with the brilliant Morrisey / Mullen Band, and was vocalist on Mike Rutherford's Smallcreep's Day - he was considered as the replacement for Genesis singer and frontman Peter Gabriel after he left the group in 1975.

Noel has deservedly earned acclaim as "One of Britain's best Soul Singers" (Blues and Soul magazine) while his appearances as vocalist with "Some Kinda Wonderful" show jointly led by award winning saxophonist Derek Nash, have highlighted his all-round abilities and accomplishments as a lead vocalist - "a confident, graceful and dynamic singer" (Independent on Sunday).

From: Trading Boundaries website.

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Happy Birthday Mike !!! 2 October 1950, Michael John Cloete Crawford Rutherford born - SPECIAL

Happy Birthday Mike !!! October 2, 1950 - Michael John Cloete Crawford Rutherford born. Mike on Horizons Radio.


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The Video - Phil Collins & Mike Rutherford on stage for “Follow You Follow Me” in Berlin

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Mike + The Mechanics: “M6” turns 20, 5th studio album features many classics

M6 turns 20. Released on 31/5/1999, Mike + The Mechanics' 5th studio album features many MATM classics.


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The new album by MIKE + THE MECHANICS, 'Out Of The Blue', also comes as a special Deluxe edition - BUY NOW:

The edition includes acoustic versions of the songs 'Don't Know What Came Over Me', 'The Best Is Yet To Come', 'The Living Years', 'Beggar On A Beach Of Gold', 'Another Cup Of Coffee' and 'Over My Shoulder'. 

'Out Of The Blue' feat. 3 brand new productions from Mike, Andrew and Tim as well as selected MATM classics from the past 4 decades.

The record will be released digitally, on CD and on vinyl on April 5. Both physical formats will also be available as Deluxe editions including 6 acoustic songs.

Tracklist:

1. One Way

2. Out Of The Blue

3. What Would You Do

4. 5. The Living Years Beggar On A Beach Of Gold

6. Get Up

7. Another Cup Of Coffee

8. All I Need Is A Miracle

9. Silent Running

10. Over My Shoulder

11. Word Of Mouth

DELUXE CD / LP

12. Don't Know What Came Over Me

13. The Best Is Yet To Come

14. The Living Years

15. Beggar On A Beach Of Gold

16. Another Cup Of Coffee

17. Over My Shoulder

The Official Video for Out of the Blue by Mike + The Mechanics. Taken from the new album 'Out of the Blue'out 5th April.


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MIKE + THE MECHANICS: "What Would You Do", the second single from their forthcoming album, is now available online.

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The first track by MIKE + THE MECHANICS album: "Out Of The Blue".

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Mike + The Mechanics play their brand new song 'Out Of The Blue' live on Chris Evans' Virgin Radio UK breakfast show.

Mike + The Mechanics back on tour across Europe.

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Mike + The Mechanics, 'Out Of The Blue' is now a Top 7 album in the Official UK Charts

'Out Of The Blue' is now a Top 7 album in the Official UK Charts. Mike + The Mechanics express their gratitude.


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The new album by MIKE + THE MECHANICS, 'Out Of The Blue', also comes as a special Deluxe edition - BUY NOW:

The edition includes acoustic versions of the songs 'Don't Know What Came Over Me', 'The Best Is Yet To Come', 'The Living Years', 'Beggar On A Beach Of Gold', 'Another Cup Of Coffee' and 'Over My Shoulder'. 

'Out Of The Blue' feat. 3 brand new productions from Mike, Andrew and Tim as well as selected MATM classics from the past 4 decades.

The record will be released digitally, on CD and on vinyl on April 5. Both physical formats will also be available as Deluxe editions including 6 acoustic songs.

Tracklist:

1. One Way

2. Out Of The Blue

3. What Would You Do

4. 5. The Living Years Beggar On A Beach Of Gold

6. Get Up

7. Another Cup Of Coffee

8. All I Need Is A Miracle

9. Silent Running

10. Over My Shoulder

11. Word Of Mouth

DELUXE CD / LP

12. Don't Know What Came Over Me

13. The Best Is Yet To Come

14. The Living Years

15. Beggar On A Beach Of Gold

16. Another Cup Of Coffee

17. Over My Shoulder

The Official Video for Out of the Blue by Mike + The Mechanics. Taken from the new album 'Out of the Blue'out 5th April.


English English Italiano Italiano

MIKE + THE MECHANICS: "What Would You Do", the second single from their forthcoming album, is now available online.

Buy now:

The first track by MIKE + THE MECHANICS album: "Out Of The Blue".

Audio:

Mike + The Mechanics new album 'Out Of The Blue'.

Mike + The Mechanics play their brand new song 'Out Of The Blue' live on Chris Evans' Virgin Radio UK breakfast show.

Mike + The Mechanics back on tour across Europe.

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