Have Mercy

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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Owens
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/1996
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • UPC: 014551484523
  • Catalog Number: 514845
  • Sales rank: 242,386

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Hill's Blues Mob Primary Artist, Track Performer
Michael Hill Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
Tony Lewis Drums
Kweyao Agyapon Conga
Roger Byam Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Pete Cummings Bass
Kevin Hill Bass
Wynette Hill Background Vocals
Fred McFarlane Piano
Hector Colon Trumpet
Kathy Hill Background Vocals
E.J. "The Professor" Sharpe Keyboards
Vincent Velez Jr. Baritone Saxophone
Randy Gilmore Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Kevin Hill Producer
Michael Hill Producer, Liner Notes
Bruce Iglauer Producer, Mastering
Jay O'Rourke Mastering
Brian Young Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Sid Blaize Artwork
Randy Gilmore Horn Arrangements
Joe Johnson Engineer
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