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Charted: Nov. 19, 1988

Rating: 3.963 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: mainstream rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Nobody’s Perfect
  2. The Living Years
  3. Seeing Is Believing
  4. Nobody Knows
  5. Poor Boy Down
  6. Blame
  7. Don’t
  8. Black and Blue
  9. Beautiful Day
  10. Why Me?

Total Running Time: 47:11


sales in U.S. only ½ million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated ½ million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 13
peak on U.K. album chart 2

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Nobody’s Perfect (10/17/88) #63 US, #3 AR
  • The Living Years (1/7/89) #1 US, #2 UK, #1 AC, #5 AR, airplay: 4 million
  • Seeing Is Believing (4/8/89) #62 US, #18 AR

Living Years
Mike + The Mechanics
“With The Living Years, Mike + the Mechanics firmly established themselves in the adult contemporary genre after the mid-‘80s pop of their debut. 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 up-beat 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?” (Orens).

“When the group try their hands at funk, as on Don’t, or harder rock, as on Black and Blue, they sound quite out of their element. But on mid-tempo tracks with Rutherford’s trademark bubbly bass such as Nobody’s Perfect and Beautiful Day and on the infectious Poor Boy Down the group display a soulfulness that many in the genre lack even while there is a distinct lack of individuality present in their musicianship” (Orens).

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previous album: Mike + The Mechanics (1985) next album: Word of Mouth (1991)

Last updated January 18, 2009.