Mercuroyale: The Best of the Mercury Years

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All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Mercuroyale: The Best of the Mercury Years is a nice set culled from Big as Life and The Chord is Mightier Than the Sword, the two records Ed Hamell recorded under the auspices of Mercury Records. There's nothing new here, but perhaps its release was a good coincidence for the U.K. label Evangeline, who released this collection, seeing as Hamell On Trial Ed Hamell's chosen moniker offered up his best work for Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe label just under a year after Mercuroyale: The Best of the Mercury Years came out. Mercuroyale is currently the only way to find Hamell On Trial's acoustic, punk-ish material from the era, making it the only option for the new ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Gregory McIntosh
Mercuroyale: The Best of the Mercury Years is a nice set culled from Big as Life and The Chord is Mightier Than the Sword, the two records Ed Hamell recorded under the auspices of Mercury Records. There's nothing new here, but perhaps its release was a good coincidence for the U.K. label Evangeline, who released this collection, seeing as Hamell On Trial Ed Hamell's chosen moniker offered up his best work for Ani DiFranco's Righteous Babe label just under a year after Mercuroyale: The Best of the Mercury Years came out. Mercuroyale is currently the only way to find Hamell On Trial's acoustic, punk-ish material from the era, making it the only option for the new audience Hamell surely found with the Righteous Babe tag backing his earlier work. There's not a bad track on the set; it features the clever spoken wordplay on the likes of "Blood on the Wolf," and examples of Hamell's excellent melodic dexterity on "Brother Franklin," equally well to showcase the intriguing juxtapositions that made Hamell On Trial an interesting artist to watch from the get-go.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2002
  • Label: Evangeline
  • UPC: 805772405622
  • Catalog Number: 4056
  • Sales rank: 160,587

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blood on the Wolf (5:22)
  2. 2 Sugarfree (2:30)
  3. 3 In the Neighborhood (3:39)
  4. 4 John Lennon (4:09)
  5. 5 Brother Franklin (3:35)
  6. 6 Big as Life (5:34)
  7. 7 In a Bar (4:22)
  8. 8 The Vines (4:16)
  9. 9 Open Up the Gates (2:49)
  10. 10 Harmony (2:56)
  11. 11 Red Marty (4:35)
  12. 12 Z-Roxx (2:52)
  13. 13 Dead Man's Float (4:02)
  14. 14 Confess Me (4:08)
  15. 15 The Meeting (3:47)
  16. 16 Get in the Game (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Hamell on Trial Primary Artist
Susan Voelz Violin
Eric Bazilian Piano, Electric Guitar, Saxophone
Randy Cantor Mellotron
Jeff Cole Bass, Keyboards
Andy Kravitz Drums
Phil "Wif Skill" Nowlan Piano
Ed Hamell Guitar, Vocals
Goatboy Organ
Brian Wolff Horn
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Jeff Cole Producer
Joe Nicolo Producer
Phil Nicolo Producer
Phil "Wif Skill" Nowlan Producer
Dirk Grobelny Engineer
Manuel Lecuona Mastering
Pete Tytler Artwork
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