Beggar on a Beach of Gold

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Beggar on a Beach of Gold
Studio album by Mike + The Mechanics
Released 6 March 1995
Recorded 1993–95
Genre Rock, Adult Contemporary
Length 60:24
Label Atlantic (US & Canada), Virgin (rest of the world)
Producer Mike Rutherford, Christopher Neil
Mike + The Mechanics chronology
Word of Mouth (1991) Beggar on a Beach of Gold (1995) Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Beggar on a Beach of Gold is the fourth album by Mike + the Mechanics, released on 6 March 1995. This album contained three UK hits, the No.12 hit "Over My Shoulder", the No.33 hit "A Beggar on a Beach of Gold", and the No.51 hit "Another Cup of Coffee".[2] All three songs charted in Germany as well,[3] and "Another Cup of Coffee" was also popular in Russia. The album was certified Gold by the BPI for sales of 100,000 copies. Adrian Lee performed on this album as a session musician following his departure from the band, and this was drummer Peter Van Hooke's last album as an official member of the band as he left the band shortly after the album's release.

Track listing[edit]

  1. A Beggar on a Beach of Gold (Mike Rutherford, B.A. Robertson) – 4:35
  2. Another Cup of Coffee (Rutherford, Christopher Neil) – 4:42
  3. You've Really Got a Hold on Me (Smokey Robinson) – 3:29
  4. Mea Culpa (Rutherford, Neil) – 6:20
  5. Over My Shoulder (Rutherford, Paul Carrack) – 3:37
  6. Someone Always Hates Someone (Rutherford, Neil) – 3:42
  7. The Ghost of Sex and You (Rutherford, Robertson) – 6:24
  8. Web of Lies (Rutherford, Carrack) – 5:38
  9. Plain and Simple (Rutherford, Robertson) – 3:59
  10. Something to Believe In (Rutherford, Neil) – 4:18
  11. A House of Many Rooms (Rutherford, Robertson) – 5:39
  12. I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever) (Stevie Wonder, Yvonne Wright) – 3:11
  13. Going, Going... Home (Rutherford, Neil) – 4:30


Additional personnel


  • Produced By Mike Rutherford & Christopher Neil
  • Engineered By Paul Gomersall & Nick Davis
  • Mixed By Nick Davis
  • Assistant Engineer: Mark Robinson
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Pete Beachill – arranger
  • Mike Bowen – technical assistance
  • Geoff Callingham – technical assistance


  • "Over My Shoulder" (February 1995) No.12 (UK)
  1. Over My Shoulder
  2. Something To Believe In
  3. Always The Last To Know
  • "A Beggar on a Beach of Gold" (June 1995) No.33 (UK)


  1. A Beggar on a Beach of Gold (radio edit)
  2. Help Me
  3. Nobody Told Me


  1. A Beggar on a Beach of Gold
  2. Boys at the Front
  3. Little Boy
  4. A Beggar on a Beach of Gold (acoustic)
  • "Another Cup of Coffee" (September 1995) No.65 (UK)


  1. Another Cup of Coffee
  2. You Never Change
  3. You Don't Know What Love Is


  1. Another Cup of Coffee
  2. The Living Years (live)
  3. Everyday Hurts (live)
  4. How Long (live)


  1. ^ Orens, G. (2011). "Beggar on a Beach of Gold – Mike + the Mechanics | AllMusic". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Mike + the Mechanics UK charts history, The Official Charts. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Mike + The Mechanics / Single". Music Line (in German). Germany: Media Control Charts. Retrieved 16 November 2011.