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Charted: February 28, 1995

Rating: 3.398 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: mainstream rock

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Album Tracks:

  1. A Beggar on a Beach of Gold
  2. Another Cup of Coffee
  3. You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
  4. Mea Culpa
  5. Over My Shoulder
  6. Someone Always Hates Someone
  7. The Ghost of Sex and You
  8. Web of Lies
  9. Plain and Simple
  10. Something to Believe In
  11. A House of Many Rooms
  12. I Believe When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever
  13. Going, Going…Home


sales in U.S. only --
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 --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 9

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Over My Shoulder (2/25/95) #12 UK
  • Beggar on a Beach of Gold (6/17/95) #33 UK
  • Another Cup of Coffee (9/2/95) #51 UK

Beggar on a Beach of Gold
Mike + The Mechanics
“Mike + the Mechanics found themselves with faltering sales for Word of Mouth and for good reason, too; much of the album was filled with formulaic ballads and mediocre writing. With Beggar on a Beach of Gold, Mike Rutherford helped confront this problem by extending the songwriting duties, writing with Paul Carrack and producer Christopher Neil, as well as continuing his collaboration with B.A. Robertson. Thus, songs such as the upbeat numbers Over My Shoulder and Another Cup of Coffee effectively push past the band’s formula with the musicians sounding looser than on previous records. Plain and Simple even has some loud guitars” (Orens).

“Lyrically, the band has extended themselves as well. The Ghost of Sex and You and Someone Always Hates Someone approach serious questions about life and relationships without succumbing to adult contemporary clichés” (Orens).

The band also trot out a couple of surprising covers of R&B classics with the Miracles’ You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me and Stevie Wonder’s I Believe When I Fall in Love…. They do both justice.

“The production has also nicely updated Mike and the Mechanics’ sound with electronic loops and keyboard effects, adding a spring to the band’s step. While such safe nods to electronica will not impress many younger fans, it should excite the group’s core audience, which is a bit older. In the end, although the band does not completely avoid bland material here, this is a surprisingly nice creative turn in the road for a group many counted out” (Orens).

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previous album: Word of Mouth (1991) next album: M6 (1999)

Last updated January 18, 2009.