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Have Mercy [Michael Hill's Blues Mob]

  • 1. Presumed Innocent
    2. Lost in the Sauce
    3. Bluestime in America
    4. Women Make the World Go 'Round
    5. Grandmother's Blues
    6. Africa Is Her Name
    7. Let's Talk About the Weather
    8. Backyard in Brooklyn
    9. Falling Through the Cracks
    10. Stagolee / Perspective
    11. Sweeter Days
    12. Evil Spell
    13. Rest in Peace
    14. She's Gone
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4845

  • Credits
    EngineerBrian Young; Joe Johnson

    Micheal Hill's Blues Mob: Michael Hill (guitar, vocals); E.J. "The Professor" Sharpe (keyboards); Peter Cummings (bass); Tony Lewis (drums).
    Additional personnel: Fred McFarlane (piano); Kevin Hill (bass); Kweyao Agyapon (congas); Wynette Hill, Kathy Hill (background vocals).
    Gabriel Horns: Randy Gilmore (tenor saxophone); Roger Byam (tenor & alto saxophones); Vincent Velez, Jr. (baritone saxophone); Hector Colon (trumpet).
    Producers: Michael Hill, Bruce Iglauer, Brian Young, Kevin Hill.
    Recorded at Water Music, Hoboken, New Jersey and Studio 900, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Michael Hill.
    Michael Hill's primary attribute is his ambition. Where many contemporary bluesmen are content to turn out standard shuffles and boogies, he wants to bring it all together -- Hendrix blues-rock, Chicago blues, soul-blues, jazz and reggae. It's a difficult task, so it isn't entirely surprising that he and his band the Blues Mob don't quite achieve his dreams on his second album, Have Mercy!. What is surprising is how close they come. When Hill and the Blues Mob have everything working right, their music is a heady fusion with real passion and heart. These moments -- including "Women Make the World Go Round," "Africa in Her Name" and a reworking of "Stagolee" -- are powerful enough to make the failed fusions forgivable, and they suggest that Hill could develop into a distinctive talent in his own right. ~ Thom Owens

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (3/97, p.57) - 3 Stars - (out of 5) - "Michael Hill plays decent guitar that sparks with rock authority, leads a sold band that includes a spirited horn section....However, what recommends his latest Alligator album are his songs, which deal with subject matter...that most contemporary blues musicians avoid..."
    JazzTimes (2/97, p.87) - "Blues guitar fans will definitely want to check out Michael Hill's HAVE MERCY!....The New Yorker, whom Vernon Reid calls the world's most unsung guitar hero, rips it up....Hill is avoiding cliches while remaining true to the spirit of the music..."
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