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Mike + The Mechanics - The Living Years Album

Performer: Mike + The Mechanics
Genre: Rock
Title: The Living Years
Country: UK
Released: 1988
Style: Pop Rock
Label: WEA
Catalog Number: U 7717, 257717-7, U7717
FLAC version ZIP size: 1752 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 2805 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 2442 mb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 008


1The Living Years
Composed By – B. A. Robertson, Mike Rutherford
2Too Many Friends
Composed By – Chris Neil, Mike Rutherford


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
U 7717, 257717-7, U7717Mike + The Mechanics The Living Years ‎(7", Single)WEA, WEA, WEAU 7717, 257717-7, U7717UK1988
257 710-0Mike + The Mechanics The Living Years ‎(12")WEA257 710-0Europe1988
7-88964Mike & The Mechanics The Living Years ‎(7", Single, AR)Atlantic7-88964US1988
78 89647Mike & The Mechanics The Living Years ‎(7")Atlantic78 89647Canada1988
78 89647Mike & The Mechanics The Living Years ‎(7", Promo)Atlantic78 89647Canada1988


  • EngineerNick Davis
  • ProducerChristopher Neil, Mike Rutherford


Paper sleeve. The B-side label has the title of the track as "Too Many Years" instead of "Too Many Friends".

Asterisk on label matrix number both sides. The Living Years has an asterisk on side B only.

Publishing info:
A: Michael Rutherford Ltd. / Hit & Run Music Publishing Ltd. / R & BA Music Ltd.
B: Michael Rutherford Ltd. / Hit & Run Music (Publishing) Ltd. / Arlon Music Ltd. / 63 Songs Limited / Chappell Music Ltd.

℗ 1988 WEA International Inc.
© 1988 WEA International Inc.

Label variation


  • Matrix / Runout: U7717-A-1
  • Matrix / Runout: U7717-B-1
  • Barcode: 0 22925 77177 3


  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
  • Copyright (c) – WEA International Inc.
  • Distributed By – WEA Records Ltd.
  • Published By – Michael Rutherford Ltd.
  • Published By – Hit & Run Music (Publishing) Ltd.
  • Published By – R & BA Music Ltd.
  • Published By – Arlon Music Ltd.
  • Published By – 63 Songs Ltd.
  • Published By – Chappell Music Ltd.


Living Years - Mike The Mechanics. Лента с персональными рекомендациями и музыкальными новинками, радио, подборки на любой вкус, удобное управление своей. Official video for The Living Years by Mike Mechanics. Released in 1989, this single reached number 1 in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the US, while in album Mike The Mechanics - The Living Years 1988. Mike The Mechanics - Nobody's Perfect. Mike The Mechanics - The Living Years. Mike The Mechanics - Seeing is Believing. Mike The Mechanics - Nobody Knows. Mike The Mechanics - Poor Boy Down. Mike The Mechanics - Blame. Mike The Mechanics - Don't. Mike The Mechanics - Black & Blue. Mike The Mechanics - Bea. The Living Years 2014 Remastered. Other Versions. 21 Songs. Living Years. 10 Songs. More by Mike The Mechanics. Beggar On a Beach of Gold. The Singles 1985 - 2014 Rarities. Watch the video for The Living Years from Mike & The Mechanics's Living Years for free, and see the artwork, lyrics and similar artists. From The Album. Play album. Mike & The Mechanics. 56,185 listeners. 36 more albums featuring this track. The Living Years is a ballad written by B. Robertson and Mike Rutherford, and recorded by Rutherford's British rock band Mike The Mechanics. It was released in December 1988 in the United Kingdom and in the United States as the second single from their album Living Years. The song was a chart hit around the world, topping the US Billboard Hot 100 on 25 March 1989, and reaching No. 1 in Canada and Australia and No. 2 in the UK. It spent four weeks at No. 1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. A ballad written by Mike Rutherford a founding member of Genesis and B. Robertson, was released in December 1988 as the second single from their album, Living Years. It hit number 1 spot on the singles charts in Australia. Leonard Cohen 1 Les McKeown 3 Level 42 4 Lil Louis 1 Limahl 3 Lime 3 Linda Ronstadt 1 Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville 1 Lindsey Buckingham 1 Lio 2 Lionel Richie 9 Lipps Inc 1 Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam 2 Lisa Stansfield 3 Living In A Box 4 Liza Minnelli 3 LL Cool J 1 London Boys 1 Lorella Cuccarini 1 Los Lobos. Slickly produced with rich vocals from Paul Carrack and Paul Young, The Living Years moves smoothly between anthemic ballads such as the title track and more upbeat numbers such as Seeing Is Believing. The band even shows a trace of Mike Rutherford's prog rock roots with Genesis on the epic-like Why Me . Album: The Living Years 1988 Tabbed By: Cinthia G. Capo 1. G Fm Am D G. living years. G C Crumpled bits of paper Filled with imperfect thought G C Stilted conversations I'm afraid that's all we've got F You say you just don't see it He says it's perfect sense Am You just can't get agreement In this present tense D7 G We all talk a different language Talking in defence. It was The Living Years by Mike the Mechanics, which forced everyone within earshot of a radio throughout much of 1989 to consider that fact their parents will inevitably die and leave them with profound regret. I wasnt there that morningWhen my Father passed away, Paul Carrack sings in a typical verse. It became the title track to the album and the first single. Within a matter of months, it was Number One, and a generation of children were forced to confront some very serious issues while listening to Casey Kasems countdown. It also had some longterm ramifications for Mike The Mechanics