Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at "The Club"

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Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at "The Club"
Live album by Cannonball Adderley
Released 1966
Recorded Capitol (Los Angeles) October 20, 1966
Genre Soul jazz
Hard bop
Length 41:07
Label Capitol
Producer David Axelrod
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Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at "The Club" is a 1966 album by jazz musician Julian "Cannonball" Adderley.[1] It received the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Jazz Performance – Group or Soloist with Group in 1967.[2] Though the original liner notes state that it was recorded at the Club DeLisa in Chicago, it was actually recorded at Capitol's Hollywood studio with an invited audience and an open bar.[3] The reason for this discrepancy, according to the liner notes in the CD reissue, is that Adderley and the new manager of Club DeLisa (which had been renamed "The Club", after operating for years in Chicago under its old name) were friends, and Adderley offered to give the club a bit of free publicity.

The title track became a surprise hit, reaching #11 on the Billboard Hot 100. On this album, Joe Zawinul played a Wurlitzer electric piano; however, subsequent live performances saw him taking up the new and mellower-sounding Fender Rhodes instrument.

The track "Hippodelphia" is sometimes mis-spelt "Hipadelphia" on other recordings.[4] The track listing for the album uses "Hippodelphia", while the liner notes, written by E. Rodney Jones, for the same album refer to "Hipadelphia".[5]

The title track has been covered numerous times (usually with lyrics added), perhaps most successfully by the Buckinghams in 1967.[citation needed]


The Allmusic review by Steve Huey awarded the album 5 stars and states: "Adderley's irrepressible exuberance was a major part of his popularity, and no document captures that quality as well -- or with such tremendous musical rewards -- as Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."[6] The Penguin Guide to Jazz awarded the album 3 out of 4 stars, stating: "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy is a hard swinging live album with one of Cannon's hottest outings on 'Sticks'.".[7]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[6]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz3/4 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fun" (Nat Adderley) – 8:26
  2. "Games" (N. Adderley) – 7:19
  3. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" (Joe Zawinul) – 5:10
  4. "Sticks" (Cannonball Adderley) – 3:54
  5. "Hippodelphia"[9] (Zawinul) – 5:49
  6. "Sack O' Woe" (C. Adderley) – 10:29


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Capitol Records discography accessed August 18, 2015
  2. ^ "Winners". Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Liner notes by Michael Cuscuna for Money in the Pocket at Cannonball Adderley official web site
  4. ^ Sheridan, Chris, Dis Here: A Bio-Discography of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000, p. 168. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Mercy, Mercy, Mercy! Live at "The Club" The Cannonball Adderley Rendez-Vous. Retrieved June 29, 2013.
  6. ^ a b Campbell, A. Allmusic Review accessed 28 October 2009
  7. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2006) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (8th ed.). London: Penguin. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-141-02327-4.
  8. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 5. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  9. ^ Sheridan (2000), Dis Here: A Bio-Discography of Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, p. 173. Retrieved June 29, 2013.