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Mercury's Down [Enhanced]

Toby Hitchcock Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Aug 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Frontiers
  • ASIN: B0052FG7SC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Is the Moment
2. Strong Enough
3. How to Stop
4. Let Go
5. One Day I'll Stop Loving You
6. I Should Have Said
7. If It's to Be (It's Up to Me)
8. Just Say Goodbye
9. Summer Nights in Cabo
10. Tear Down the Barricades
11. A Different Drum

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic AOR 20 Nov 2011
By JB123
Format:Audio CD
If you're looking for classic AOR then look no further than this album. The vocals and melodies on this cd are outstanding and whilst some of the tracks sound a little similar each is delivered precisely and are full of energy. There's not a bad track on the cd and for me the outstanding track is How To Stop which I think is quite simply one of the best AOR tracks I've ever heard and worthy of purchasing the cd just for this alone. If you like classic AOR with fantastic vocals and tight production then buy it, you won't be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eclipse + Pride of Lions 25 Aug 2011
By Justin G. - Published on
Now this is a match made in melodic rock heaven (which one can only assume looks a lot like the offices of Frontiers Records). Vocalist Toby Hitchcock (Pride of Lions) and Eric Martensson (Eclipse, WET) have teamed up to deliver Mercury's Down, the first solo album for Hitchcock. Given Martenssen's role in the project (he wrote, produced and played all of the instruments on Mercury's Down), they probably could have picked a "project name" rather than calling it a Hitchcock solo album, but whatever you call it, the results are very impressive.

If you're familiar with Hitchcock's work in Pride of Lions, you already know he has tremendous power and range, but given that band's (understandable) tendency to write Survivor-style AOR, we haven't really heard Hitchcock cut loose in a more rocking setting. Martensson takes care of that right away, giving the singer an album full of bombastic melodic rock songs that take full advantage of his vocal range. The songs on Mercury's Down are driving melodic rockers with great hooks, infectious melodies, classic AOR keys and of course soaring, dramatic vocals. You get a few slower songs here and there, but there are enough pure rockers to make up for it. It's not far removed from the kind of material Martensson writes for Eclipse and WET, but there are also similarities to recent albums from Khymera, Airrace and even Journey.

Mercury's Down is a fantastic melodic rock album all around. Fans of Hitchcock's previous work in Pride of Lions and Martensson's work in Eclipse and WET will no doubt love this one, and it ought to appeal to just about fan of high quality melodic rock, both modern and classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Voice 27 Nov 2011
By John S. - Published on
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Toby Hitchcock has a great voice. This CD does not have a week song on it. I particularly like the harder edge songs including, This is the Moment, Summernights in Cabo, Tear Down the Barricades, A Different Drum, and Mercury's Down.
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did this guy come from?!?!? 17 May 2013
By S. Heim - Published on
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After some research I see he's Pride of Lions frontman. It's a sad time in music when someone this good is found on YouTube & not mainstream. It took me all of 10 minutes to decide to buy this CD after I first heard of him there. A HUGE pat on the back to Frontiers Records for still backing AOR style music. Please put some of your Media horsepower behind this guy. He truly ranks up there with the greats such as Bobby Kimball, Jeff Scott Soto & yeah, I'll say it... even Steve Perry. I wanna hear Toby cover Separate Ways by Journey. Toby is obviously going to just keep getting better as someone this good doesn't just happen overnight.

The power Toby has on the high notes could cut down a forest & still be sharp enough to shatter a wine glass afterwards. Many singers "thin-out" when transitioning to head voice but Toby just keeps belting it out like an opera singer. He isn't just a ripper as when he lays back into the middle of his range his voice is down-right beautiful...tough for a straight man to say that but it's what it is. So much feeling on the softer parts. Pure emotion. Toby's vibrato is David Coverdale big...I mean it's mesmerizing. When he holds the notes for a few seconds & then turns on the vibrato it's just perfect. What a great technique.

Overall this is a CD that exposes todays overall mainstream music for what it really is...garbage. Great male singers have all but disappeared into the past (almost). I eagerly await a second release. Thank you Toby Hitchcock for all the hard work it took to get your voice to what it is & for sharing it! You truly are one of the greats!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Solo roar by the AOR/melodic rock lion 18 Sep 2011
By Nikiforos V. Skoumas - Published on
Format:Audio CD
"Mercury's Down" is the debut album by melodic rock/AOR vocalist Toby Hitchcock. A household name amongst melodic rock circles, Hitchcock formed one of the most appraised partnerships in contemporary melodic music with "Pride of Lions" at the side of Jim Peterik, releasing a string of high quality AOR/melodic rock album.

On this effort, Toby teams up with Swedish multi-instrumentalist Erik Martensson ("Eclipse", "W.E.T.") who is the main creative force behind "Mercury's down", having co-written all songs and played most of the guitars on the album. Musically, it should come as no surprise that the album leans more towards the overblown melodic hard rock of "Eclipse" rather than the AOR approach of "Pride of Lions". You can expect up front guitars holding nothing back on riffs and solos and up-front rhythm section. Still there is also substantial keyboard presence on "Mercury's Down" reinforcing the AOR atmosphere on the songs.

Hitchcock's performance is also effectively differentiated from his previous works, performing lengthier vocal melodies while singing in a protestant way, perfectly mirrored on the choruses of "Mercury's down". Favorite tracks include the devastating opener "This is the moment", the confident "Strong Enough" and the super-harmonious "Let Go". Overall, "Mercury's down" is another high quality melodic hard rock album issued by "Frontiers records" which should very well satisfy fans of "Eclipse", "W.E.T" and "Pride of Lions".
5.0 out of 5 stars Toby Hitchcock = Awesome Voice 28 Aug 2011
By M. ONEILL - Published on
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Toby Hitchcock has one of the best voices in music. I have been a Pride of Lions fan from the early days so the anticipation for a solo effort was huge. It's tough to rank these songs but I will list JUST SAY GOODBYE as my top track after a few times through it.

I don't know much about Eric Martenssen but he was obviously a big part of this collaboration. Aside from Toby's awesome vocal power, I thought the arrangements and guitars were top notch for a melodic rock effort.

Hard to believe a misspelled word is in the final version of the liner notes (Let Go) but that won't stop this one from getting a 5 star review.
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