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Rock n' soul supergroup's first ever Blu-ray sounds solid

Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack -
Live At Shepherds Bush, London
Blu-ray/DVD Review

(Eagle Rock Entertainment)
4 stars (out of 5 stars)
September 9, 2013
Mike + The Mechanics

Review by Andy Argyrakis

One of the most beloved supergroups of the 1980s made a brief reunion in 2004, and while the line-up no longer remains through today, the footage finally makes its way onto Blu-ray. "Live At Shepherds Bush, London" finds Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford teaming with singer Paul Carrack (formerly of Ace, Roxy Music and Squeeze) to run through the group's handful of hits and some new at the time tunes, while also serving as a tribute to co-singer Paul Young (who passed away in 2000).

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.

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