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|Mike The Mechanics and Paul Carrack - Live at Shepherds Bush London|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Mike + The Mechanics was formed in the mid-80's by Genesis guitarist Mike Rutherford while Phil Collins was pursuing his (very) successful solo career. Joined by ex-Squeeze member Paul Carrack, Paul Young, Adrian Lee, and ... more »
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Paul&theMechanics and ....Mike
seamonkey | Southfield, MI, USA | 03/13/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I was quite excited when the UPS truck pulled up and delivered this DVD but my excitement turned to disappointment as my wife & I sat down to view this on Friday night,even the candles and fireplace did little to add to the ambience.
Having never had the luxury of seeing them in concert the only thing I could expect was seeing these songs performed that I've enjoyed listening to since Mike's first Mechanic's album.
If you are a Paul Carrack fan(he has a great voice)I think you will enjoy this concert but if you are expecting the Mechanic's we've all known and loved...you may be disappointed.
It seems,IMO,the concert is totally focused on Paul, Mike has relegated himself to a backup player position, even his trademark chunkachunka rhythm parts are barely recognizable and seem buried in the mix.
I may have blinked my eyes or gone to the bathroom for a moment and missed one but I think he played only one solo and that was very shortlived.
Some of the songs from Rewired(which I don't own)didn't seem to work and one or two sounded quite nice.
Believe it or not "Get Up"actually worked and I thought the band had found their groove, "Another cup of coffee"and "Beggar on the beach of Gold" were Ok but didn't move me.
"Perfect Child" was beautiful and reminded me of "Living Years".
"Silent Running" was BORING, it was performed by Paul with little emotion and made me think he was so tired of it he just went through the motions.
"The Living Years" was I think, the best song of the night and was done very well.
"Word of Mouth" was good and it was nice to see them bring it out of what I consider an obscure album.
I now understand why they decided to title this Mike&the Mechanics and Paul Carrack.
After viewing this that decision is very clear to me now.
I have yet to view the promo videos which are included,perhaps they will bring a smile to my face.
I have the feeling this may become Paul Carrack's band and Mike may just retire somewhere in the English countryside until music is stirred in his soul again.
Thank you Mike for many years of solo recording and Mechanic's stuff, you've given me many hours of joy, I hope your musical soul awakens again someday....just don't make us wait too long, ok?
UPDATE**I have watched this concert quite a few more times and enjoy it more everytime I watch it. Yes I was disappointed Mike took the backseat and let the rest of the band drive the show but in the end it works.
The band works well together and it's wonderful to see/hear this music performed live.
Highly recommend, especially now that is seems Mike and the Mechanics will be no more.
****four stars 12/14/07"
A shadow of what they were?
Lyn | Melbourne Australia | 03/20/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I found this DVD rather unengaging. I wish Paul Carrack had taken his sunglasses off as they made me feel quite detached from him with all emotion screened off.
Mike Rutherford (who I used to enjoy a lot) was even more internal and withdrawn than ever. He played as if caught playing to himself at home. There was a sadness and fragility to him - perhaps losing a band member to death in recent years has taken the life out of him.
The concert is generally well executed but many of the newer songs are unmemorable.
I am really pleased they added the original video clips of their well-known songs. In these we see them with a lot more energy, life, emotion and edge to them. So I think I'll hold onto the DVD for its archival value.
If they can get past whatever depressed state they are currently in, the musicality is still there. But live performances need to be engaging and entertaining. Mike has always been more quiet, withdrawn and internally focused as a performer. His music and playing have made it still worth spending time with him. He has always been smart enough to play with more emotional, outgoing and warm figures like Phil Collins and now Paul Carrack (or at least he appears more warm in the interviews on the DVD) to balance his style. In this concert, with Paul hiding himself behind his glasses (which make him actually look a lot older and badly worn if he was going for 'cool') this balance isn't there.
Hoping they do emerge and get their zip back - good archive despite all this."
M. Nastari | Portland, Or. USA | 06/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I personally very much like this DVD. Sound & picture quality are very, very good. I think the band has certainly matured over the years, but still has the punch I have come to expect from them. I have many music DVD's but this will be one of the ones that will get more play time."
Not as good as I expected, but really great !
Guillaume Quillet | 09/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big fan of Mike and the mechanics, as a french fan, I had the chance to see them in live during Phil Collins final tour, but this DVD was not as good as the live show I saw was... it's so much quiet, with less people, so I enjoyed it but less than the one hour concert I saw... But you can buy it, it's really awesome !
And thanks to Amazon.com having shipped it so quick to France !"