Beggar on a Beach of Gold

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Beggar on a Beach of Gold
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Studio album by
Released6 March 1995
LabelAtlantic, Virgin
Mike + The Mechanics chronology
Word of Mouth
Beggar on a Beach of Gold
Singles from Beggar on a Beach of Gold
  1. "Over My Shoulder"
    Released: February 1995
  2. "A Beggar on a Beach of Gold"
    Released: June 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 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; "Over My Shoulder" was particularly successful in France, reaching No.9. 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"B. A. Robertson, Mike Rutherford4:35
2."Another Cup of Coffee"Christopher Neil, Rutherford4:42
3."You've Really Got a Hold on Me" (The Miracles cover)Smokey Robinson3:29
4."Mea Culpa"Neil, Rutherford6:20
5."Over My Shoulder"Paul Carrack, Rutherford3:37
6."Someone Always Hates Someone"Neil, Rutherford3:42
7."The Ghost of Sex and You"Robertson, Rutherford6:24
8."Web of Lies"Carrack, Rutherford5:38
9."Plain and Simple"Robertson, Rutherford3:59
10."Something to Believe In"Neil, Rutherford4:18
11."A House of Many Rooms"Robertson, Rutherford5:39
12."I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)" (Stevie Wonder cover)Stevie Wonder, Yvonne Wright3:11
13."Going, Going... Home"Neil, Rutherford4:30
Total length:60:24


Additional personnel


  • Produced By Mike Rutherford and Christopher Neil
  • Engineered By Paul Gomersall and Nick Davis
  • Mixed by Nick Davis
  • Assistant Engineer – Mark Robinson
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering (Portland, ME).
  • Arrangements – Pete Beachill
  • Technical Assistance – Mike Bowen and Geoff Callingham


  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[permanent dead link], The Official Charts. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Mike + The Mechanics / Single". Music Line (in German). Germany: Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2011.