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Artist: Martin Briley

Title: The Mercury Years

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Martin Briley The Mercury Years Album Cover


Category: Lite AOR

Year: 2005

Label: Hip -O Select

Catalog Number: B0002662-02


Martin Briley vocals, guitar, bass, percussion, keys
Eric Parker drums
Tommy Mandel synths
Graham Preskett piano, violin
Robert Brissette bass, backing vocals
Eric Troyer backing vocals
Jamie Herndon synths, guitars
Pat Mastelotto drums, percussion
Robin Sylvester bass
George Meyer backing vocals
Steve Holley drums
Anton Fig drums
Frank Vilardi drums
Carmine Rojas bass
G.E Smith guitars
Dennis Herring drums
Peter Wood synths, piano
David Lebolt synths, piano
Ralph Macdonald percussion
Anthony Macdonald percussion
Rory Dodd backing vocals
Ellen Foley backing vocals
David Lasley backing vocals
David Grahame backing vocals


Disc 1
1.  Slipping Away  
2.  The Man I Feel  
3.  I Feel Like a Milkshake  
4.  First to Know  
5.  Heart of Life  
6.  A Little Knowledge Is a Dangerous Thing  
7.  I Don't Feel Better  
8.  More of the Same  
9.  One Step Behind  
10.  Fear of the Unknown  
11.  The Salt in My Tears  
12.  Just a Mile Away from Here  
13.  Put Your Hands on the Screen  
14.  Maybe I've Waited Too Long  
15.  She's So Flexible  
16.  A Rainy Day in New York  
17.  I Wonder What She Thinks of Me  
18.  Dumb Love  
19.  One Night With a Stranger  

Disc 2
20.  Dangerous Moments  
21.  Think of Me  
22.  Ghosts  
23.  It Shouldn't Have to Hurt That Much  
24.  Alone at Last  
25.  Before the Party Ends  
26.  If This Is What It Means  
27.  Dirty Windows  
28.  School for Dogs  
29.  Underwater  
30.  Rich Women demo  
31.  Midnight Cruise demo  
32.  All the Right Moves demo  
33.  Spit It Out demo  
34.  This Ain't the First Time demo  
35.  Mama demo  

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Existing comments about this CD

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From: Jez Date: August 29, 2005 at 7:59
All of Martin Briley's recorded work for Mercury on one excellent box set. Included is the mighty fine 'One Night With A Stranger' album which is the most essential part of this 2 disc set, as it was only previously released in very limited quantities. The rest of the package contains the debut 'Fear Of The Unknown' and the final 'Dangerous Nights' release & six previously unreleased demo's from the respective album sessions all superbly remastered. Limited Edition only, so get it while you can.

From: Nick C Date: September 14, 2005 at 7:54
I'm having the devils own job prising this out of the CD player at the moment with the result that other new stuff is just not getting played. What a great collection. All the songs are top notch. For some reason he comes across as a mix of Van Stephenson, Max Webster (for some of the lyrics and off the wall feel) and ... and ... someone else (duh!). Really great melodic yet chilled out rock. Fave song at the moment is School for Dogs which is genius but it changes each play! Essential really.

From: AOR freaky Date: September 14, 2005 at 9:51
I have to agree that Martin Briley has some good songs. But it's all a bit too safe for me. A mix of Van Stephenson and Max Webster ? ! Hmm . . ., don't think so, Nick C. Both do have a lot more pure class IMO and they can't be compared. Van Stephenson is more pure AOR and Webster is classy, weird hardrock. But, not bad a compilation at all !

Heavy Harmonies Volunteer
From: Jez Date: September 14, 2005 at 12:12
Nick - The 'One Night With A Stranger' album really reminds me of Peter Gabriel in the vocal department especially - Fabulous album. Freak - This does have a Max 'quirkiness' about it especially lyrically, which may be missed by yourself as English isn't your main language. I would also add that some of the stuff on here definately isn't SAFE, especially on the aforementioned 'One Night With A Stranger', which has a very original feel/quality to it!!!

From: Nick C Date: September 14, 2005 at 13:03
Jez Peter Gabriel may well be the missing "someone else" I was looking for .. although my wife said Phil Collins but I couldn't see that ... in fact I was beside myself with woe when she said that hahaha (although he is mentioned on the back sleeve).

From: AOR freaky Date: September 14, 2005 at 17:07
I understand what you mean, Jez. Although english isn't my mother tongue at all, I know that Max Webster is lyrically an outspoken band, so to say. I also find 'em, or do I have to say Kim ?, a genial band. So unique, so intelligent !

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