TotW 12/08/2018 - 12/14/2018: MIKE + THE MECHANICS - The Letter

  • What do you think about "The Letter"? 4

    1. 12 points - good + (1) 25%
    2. 11 points - good (1) 25%
    3. 10 points - good - (1) 25%
    4. 09 points - satisfactory + (1) 25%
    5. 15 points - outstanding! (0) 0%
    6. 14 points - very good (0) 0%
    7. 13 points - very good - (0) 0%
    8. 08 points - satisfactory (0) 0%
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    10. 06 points - sufficient + (0) 0%
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    MIKE + THE MECHANICS - The Letter

    Year: 2017

    Album: Let Me Fly [album review]

    Working title: unknown

    Credits: Clark Datchler, Patrick Mascall, Andrew Roachford, Mike Rutherford, Mark Taylor

    Lyrics: .

    Length: 4:55

    Musicians: (tba)

    Played Live: never

    mp3 downloads:

    Cover versions: none


    Notes: Six years almost to the day passed before Mike Rutherford brought out the successor to The Road. Let Me Fly is the second album of the new-formed Mechanics with new singers Tim Howar and Andrew Roachford. We have picked the first song of the album as the Track Of The Week. Regardless of what you think about The Letter, it is a good start into the album.

    In his review of the album Christian ventures to state that The Letter may be the best song on the album. Is it, or is ist just a rehash of old Mechanics sounds and recycled ideas from Silent Running?



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    ...cried a voice in the crowd.


  • One of their better tracks on LET ME FLY. It reminds me a bit of their old times. Would like to hear that one live. Do I sense a glimpse of a guitar solo ...?

  • I gave it a 10 - Interesting song. Not my fave on the album. Like 'Turn It On Again' I wondered if this song would benefit from being speeded up a little??


    I know there's online technology available to do that these days.

    "She looks at me and gently smiles, as if she knew I'd ask her all the time..."