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Eric Mercury

Singer Eric Mercury began performing when he was hardly old enough to attend public school. His family worked together as a musical group, appearing at local functions at churches, schools, and such. After he got older, Mercury moved on from his family band to a few rock and R&B groups that let him try some new styles, and come into his own rhythm. In the late '60s, he began performing solo, recording a debut album in 1969. A few more full-length offerings followed during the '70s, before he moved on to work as a producer, songwriter, and to appear in at least one musical.

Eric Mercury was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. He entered this world as a member of a skilled musical family. That gave him the chance to polish natural talents of singing and performing at an age when most children are happy simply mastering the alphabet and double-digit numbers. Just before the '60s rolled in, Mercury went out on his own, joining groups like the Pharaohs before moving up from member to frontman with Eric Mercury and the Soul Searchers.

In 1968, Mercury made two substantial changes in his life. First, he left Toronto behind for Chicago in the United States. Second, he left the safety of a group and went solo. A short year later he was working under the Avco Embassy label, and witnessed the release of his solo debut album, Electric Black Man. During the next decade he recorded three more albums, Funky Sound Nurtured in the Fertile Soil of Memphis, Love Is Taking Over, and a self-titled offering. The latter was released in 1975, and was the last solo recording he made.

In the '80s Mercury began working more behind the scenes in the music world, both in Canada and the United States. Besides working as a producer, he also wrote both songs and jingles. "It's Time for Me to Love," "Listen With Your Eyes," "You Bring Me to My Knees," "Long Way Down," and "Everybody's Got the Right to Love," are just a few of the funky-meets-blues type tunes fans can enjoy from Eric Mercury's albums. ~ Charlotte Dillon
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Complete Stax - Volt Singles: 1972-1975, Volume 3 [10 Disc]

Disc 1

1. Yum Yum Yum (I Want Some)

2. Carry On

3. Do Your Thing

4. I've Been Lonely For So Long

5. Nothing Is Everlasting

6. Hearsay

7. Angel Of Mercy

8. In The Rain

9. She's My Old Lady Too

10. Explain It To Her Mama

11. Right On

13. My Honey And Me

15. Bring It Home (And Give It To Me)

16. Look Around You

17. Don't Do It/I'm With You

18. I'll Take You There

19. Which Way

20. Living A Life Without Love

21. What's Good For You (Don't Have To Be Good To You)

22. Let Me Repair Your Heart

24. I Wanna Make Up (Before We Break Up)

Disc 2

1. Ain't That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)

2. Walking The Back Streets And Crying

3. Save Us

4. 6-3-8

5. Starting All Over Again

6. Keep On Loving Me

7. I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over

9. I Could Never Be Happy

10. Don't Take My Kindness For Weakness

12. I Dedicate My Life To You

13. Do The Sweetback

14. Gettin' Funky 'round Here

15. When The Chips Are Down

16. Sugar

17. You're Good Enough (To Be My Baby)

18. This World

19. Helping Man

20. Ain't I Good?

Disc 3

2. Dedicated To The One I Love

3. Toast To The Fool

4. Stop Doggin' Me

5. Trouble

6. I'm Gonna Cry A River

8. What Would I Do

10. Holy Cow

11. What Goes Around (Must Come Around)

13. Endlessly

14. You Hurt Me For The Last Time

16. Breaking Up Somebody's Home

17. How Can You Mistreat The One You Love

18. From Toys To Boys

20. I May Not Be All You Want (But I'm All You Got)

21. Ain't No Sweat

22. Do Me

23. Rainy Day

Disc 4

1. It Ain't Always What You Do (It's Who You Let See You Do It)

2. I May Not Be What You Want

5. Oh La De Da

6. What Do You See In Her?

7. A Thousand Miles Away

9. Rolling Down A Mountainside

10. You're Still My Brother

11. Stop Half Loving These Women

12. Lovin' On Borrowed Time

13. Lay Your Loving On Me

14. The Time

15. Heaven Knows

16. I Believe In You (You Believe In Me)

17. Short Stopping

18. Be What You Are

19. I've Got To Love Somebody's Baby

20. Playing On Me

21. Long As You're The One Somebody In The World

Disc 5

1. This Is My Song Of Love To You

3. Love Is A Hurtin' Thing

4. Baby, Lay Your Head Down (Gently On My Bed)

5. Check Me Out

6. Runnin' Back (And Forth)

7. Crossing Over The Bridge

8. Love's Maze

9. It Ain't Easy

10. Love Among People

11. What It Is

12. I've Got To Go On Without You

13. Love Is Taking Over

14. Ruby Dean

15. I'm So Glad I Fell In Love With You

16. Fell For You

17. Cheaper To Keep Her

18. I Know You Don't Want Me No More

19. If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)

20. Slipped And Tripped

21. Peace Be Still

22. I'll Be The Other Woman

Disc 6

1. The Martian Hop

2. I Had A Talk With My Man

3. At Last

5. Good Woman Turning Bad

8. I Wanna Do Things For You

9. That's What The Blues Is All About

10. One Way Love Affair

11. Tin Pan Alley

12. The Funky Bird

13. We're Getting Careless With Our Love

15. Season's Greetings

16. Don't Lose Faith In Me Lord

17. Don't Start Loving Me (If You're Gonna Stop)

18. Touch A Hand, Make A Friend

19. And I Panicked

Disc 7

1. Gettin' What You Want (Losin' What You Got)

2. He's Mine

3. My Woman Is Good To Me

4. I Got You And I'm Glad

5. Put A Little Love Away

6. Suzy

7. The Same Folks

8. You Make The Sunshine

9. The Whole Damn World Is Going Crazy

11. Wonderful

12. Behind Closed Doors

13. Guess Who

14. Dirty Tricks

16. Talking To The People

17. I've Been Born Again

18. Neckbone

19. Wounded Woman

20. Stop Doggin' Me

21. Goodness Gracious

Disc 8

1. City In The Sky

3. Soul Street

4. Flat Tire

5. Love Makes It Right

6. Mr. Cool That Ain't Cool

9. Get It While It's Hot

10. Passing Thru

11. Keep And Eye On Your Close Friends

12. My Main Man/There Is A God

13. That's The Way I Want To Live My Life

14. Forever And A Day

15. Baby, I'm Through

16. It's September

17. Woman To Woman

19. You Need A Friend Like Mine

20. I Love, I Love

21. Let Me Back In

Disc 9

1. Crosscut Saw

3. Bump Meat

4. (Too Little In Common To Be Lovers) Too Much Going To Say Goodbye

7. Who Made The Man

8. I Keep Thinking To Myself

9. I Got A Reason To Smile (Cause I Got You)

10. Try To Leave Me If You Can (I Bet You Can't Do It)

11. Burning On Both Ends

12. There Are More Questions Than Answers

14. I Can't Let You Go

15. I Betcha Didn't Know That

16. Lovin' You, Lovin' Me

17. Do The Double Bump

18. Come And Get Your Love

20. It Ain't No Fun

21. If You Talk In Your Sleep

22. Talk To The Man

Disc 10

1. You're Astounding

2. Dy-No-Mite (Did You Say My Love)

4. Come What May

5. Try Me Tonight

6. Groovin' On My Baby's Love

7. I Can't Shake Your Love (Can't Shake You Loose)

8. I Wanna Play With You

9. I'm Doing Fine

10. No Way (I Can Live Without You)

11. Back Road Into Town

12. I'm So Glad I Met You

13. Packed Up And Took My Mind

15. How Can I Be A Witness

17. I Got To Be Myself

18. It's Worth A Whippin'

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Track List: The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 2: 1968-1971

Disc 1

1. I Was Born To Love You

2. Precious, Precious

3. Send Peace And Harmony Home

4. Soul-Limbo

5. I've Never Found A Girl (To Love Me Like You Do)

6. It's Been A Long Time Coming

7. What A Man

8. I Like Everything About You

9. Stay Baby Stay

11. So Nice

12. Long Walk To D.C.

13. Give 'em Love

14. Funky Mississippi

15. Lovin' Feeling

16. Where Do I Go

17. Bed Of Roses

18. Bring It On Home To Me

19. It's Unbelievable (How You Control My Soul)

20. Who's Making Love

21. Mighty Cold Winter

22. Hang 'Em High

23. You're Leaving Me

26. Running Out

28. I'll Understand

Disc 2

1. The Ghetto

2. Blues Power

3. The Echo

4. Funky Way

5. Take Care Of Your Homework

6. I Like What You're Doing (To Me)

7. I've Got To Have Your Love

8. Let 'em Down Baby

9. Love Is Here Today And Gone Tomorrow

10. It Ain't Long Enough

11. Mellow Way You Treat Your Man

12. Private Number

13. Time Is Tight

14. Double Or Nothing

15. (Sittin' On The) Dock Of The Bay

16. So I Can Love You

18. One More Chance

19. I Wanna Be Good (To You)

20. Finger Lickin' Good

21. Tighten Up My Thang

22. My Whole World Is Falling Down

23. Testify (I Wonna)

24. Drowning On Dry Land

26. Don't Tell Your Mama

Disc 3

1. Mrs. Robinson

2. Love's Sweet Sensation

3. Just Because Your Love Is Gone

4. Chains Of Love

5. Happy

6. Challenge, The

10. I Need You Woman

11. I've Got A Feeling

12. It's Time To Pay For The Fun (We've Had)

13. I Could Never Be President

14. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

15. Long And Lonely World

16. Midnight Cowboy

17. I've Fallen In Love (With You)

18. Slum Baby

19. The Best Part Of A Love Affair

20. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

21. Walk On By

25. You're Driving Me (To The Arms Of A Stranger)

Disc 4

1. Open Up Your Heart (Let Me In)

2. Why Is The Wine Sweeter (On The Other Side)

3. When Will We Be Paid

4. Grinder Man

5. Born Under A Bad Sign

6. What You Gonna Do

7. I'm So Glad

8. Beautiful Feelings

9. Your Love Was Strange

10. Love Bones

11. Hard To Say Goodbye

12. Got To Get Rid Of You

13. Habit Forming Love

14. My Thing Is A Moving Thing

16. When Tomorrow Comes

17. Wrapped Up In Love Again

18. Do The Funky Chicken

19. California Girl

21. Sang And Dance

22. Hold On, I'm Comin'

25. Black Boy

Disc 5

1. Bracing Myself For The Fall

2. All I Have To Do Is Dream

3. Singing About Love

4. Goodies

5. Just The Way You Are Today

6. The Creeper Returns

7. Guide Me Well

8. Give A Damn

9. Steal Away

10. Your Sweet Lovin'

12. Can't See You When I Want To

13. Never Be True

14. Can't You See What You're Doing To Me

15. Sixty Minute Man (Part 2)

16. The Preacher And The Bear

17. Something

18. Seeing Is Believin'

19. You're My Only Temptation

20. What I Don't Know Won't Hurt Me

21. Right, Tight And Out Of Sight

22. (What's Under) The Natural Do

Disc 6

1. My Girl

2. I Have Learned To Do Without You

4. Lonely Soldier

5. Heart Association

6. I Stand Accused

7. Brand New Day

8. Sweeter Tomorrow

9. Cool Strut

11. Montego Bay

12. Got It Together (Parts 1 & 2)

13. Wade In The Water

14. You're Movin' Much Too Fast

15. The Best Years Of My Life

18. Soul Machine

19. (Follow Her) Rules And Regulations

20. (Do The) Push And Pull (Part 1)

21. Love Changes

23. Love Is Plentiful

Disc 7

1. Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom)

2. Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas

3. Too Many Lovers

4. Black Christmas

5. The Mistletoe And Me

6. Ask The Lonely

7. Jody's Got Your Girl And Gone

8. Finish Me Off

9. Oh, How It Rained

10. The Look Of Love

12. Melting Pot

13. That's The Way I Like It (I Like It That Way)

14. Mr. Big Stuff

15. You Make Me Want To Love You

16. Stop! In The Name Of Love

17. I Don't Wanna Lose You

18. (Girl) I Love You

19. The World Is Round

20. A Penny For Your Thoughts

21. Never Can Say Goodbye

22. I Don't Want To Be Like My Daddy

Disc 8

1. You've Got To Earn It

2. Hold On To It

3. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

4. Born Too Late

6. That Other Woman Got My Man And Gone

7. If You Think It (You May As Well Do It)

8. Shame On The Family Name

9. Blood Is Thicker Than Water

10. Hijackin' Love

11. Sweetback's Theme

12. Breakdown, The (Part 1)

13. Pin The Tail On The Donkey

14. Them Hot Pants

16. It's Good To Be Careful (But It's Better To Be Loved)

17. Where Would You Be Today

18. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

19. Got To Get Away From It All

20. Love's Creeping Up On Me

21. Show Me How

22. If I Give It Up, I Want It Back

23. Woman Named Trouble, A

Disc 9

2. Respect Yourself

4. You Think You're Hot Stuff

5. All For The Love Of A Woman

6. Theme From Shaft

7. Jamaica, This Morning

8. Gone! The Promises Of Yesterday

9. Girl, Come On Home

10. (Let Hurt Put You In The) Loser's Seat

11. My Baby Love

12. How Do You Move A Mountain

13. Black Nasty Boogie (Part 6)

14. Do The Funky Penguin (Part 1)

15. You've Got A Cushion To Fall On

16. Get Up And Get Down

17. Son Of Shaft

18. Don't Cha Mess With My Money, My Honey, Or My Woman

19. I Can Smell That Funky Music

20. A Sadness For Things

21. That's What Love Will Make You Do

22. Standing In For Jody

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