Cloud About Mercury

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Cloud About Mercury
Cloud About Mercury.jpg
Studio album by David Torn
Released 1987
Recorded March 1986
Genre Jazz
Length 45:16
Label ECM
Producer Manfred Eicher
David Torn chronology
Best Laid Plans
(1984)Best Laid Plans1984
Cloud About Mercury
Door X
(1990)Door X1990

Cloud About Mercury is the second album by guitarist David Torn. It was recorded in 1986 and released on the ECM label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Glenn Astarita awarded the album 5 stars stating "Simply put, Cloud About Mercury looms as one of the finest jazz fusion dates of the '80s, and should be deemed a mandatory purchase for aficionados of this genre".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by David Torn except as indicated
  1. "Suyafhu Skin... Snapping the Hollow Reed" - 8:21
  2. "The Mercury Grid" - 6:33
  3. "3 Minutes of Pure Entertainment" - 7:10
  4. "Previous Man" (Bill Bruford, Mark Isham, Tony Levin, David Torn) - 7:55
  5. "Networks of Sparks: a) The Delicate Code" - 4:52
  6. "Networks of Sparks: b) Egg Learns to Walk... Suyafhu Seal" (Bruford, Isham, Levin, Torn/Torn) - 10:25
Recorded at Audio International in London in March 1986



  1. ^ ECM discography accessed September 26, 2011
  2. ^ a b Astaria, G. Allmusic Review accessed September 26, 2011