Rory Block: Angel of Mercy (1994)

Angel of Mercy

Track list:

01. Angel Of Mercy
02. It Ain’t Right
03. I’ll Be Gone
04. Who Was Calling
05. Somebody’s Baby
06. Big Bad Agent Man
07. You Deserve The Best
08. Love Without The Heart
09. A Father And Two Sons


Rory Block – acoustic guitar, vocals;
synthesizer – Ron Bach (#1,5,9);
electric piano – Richard Bell (#2), Warren Bernhardt (#5), Larry Knechtel (#7), ;
Oragn – Richard Bell (#3);
piano – Warren Bernhardt (#4), Larry Knechtel (#8);
acoustic guitar – Dan Dugmore (#7,8);
acoustic slide guitar – Brendon Croker (#6);
lap steel guitar – Dan Dugmore (#1);
electric guitar – Larry Chaney (#1,7,8), Jeff Mironov (#2-5), Brian Keane (#9);
electric guitar solo – Michael Mugrage (#7)
rhythm guitar – Jeff Mironov (#1);
bass – Rob Leon (#2,3), Dave Anderson (#4), Dave Pomeroy (#5,7,8);
drums – Jerry Marotta (#2-4,6), Neil Wilkinson (#5); John Gardner (#7,8) ;
drum programming – Brian Keane (#9)
drum programming (#1) – Rory Block, Ron Bach, Johnathan Biebisheimer;
additional drum programming (#2,9) – Rory Block, Ron Bach, Johnathan Biebisheimer;
percussion – Sam Bacco (#1,7,8);
harmony vocals – Jordan Block Valdina (#2), David Kasanof (#2), Paul Block (#2), Rory Block (#4);
back-up vocals – Rory Block (#6), Amy Fraden (#6);
Male vocal (#9) – Jordan Block Valdina;
clavinet & horns – Vinnie Martucci (#3);
harmonica – John Sebastian (#3)

Recorded at:
Edit masters, Chatham, NY..
Pulse wave Studio, Trumbull, Ct..
NRS Recording Studio, Hurley, NY..
The SOund Emporium, Nashville, TN..

Released: 1994
Label: Rounder
CD 3126
Producer: Ron Bach, [#7,8: Ron Bach and Dave Pomeroy]
Recorded by, Mixed by, Edited by: Ron Bach
Assistant Engineer: Johnathan Biebisheimer

Engineer at NRS: Scott Petito
Engineer at The Sound Emporium: Dave Sinko

Mastered by: Johnathan Wyner

Photography: Carla Gahr
Photos of Ron & Rory by E.K. Waller
Design: Nancy Given

This album is dedicated to the last ten years of my life, spent in one massive, seemingly endless tour.


Block moves completely away from the blues form on this release, doing original pieces that evoke the familiar themes of alienation, anguish and romantic conflicts, but in a production climate geared more toward folk and singer/songwriter arrangements than 12-bar settings.

She still plays excellent guitar solos and accompaniment, but her vocals are now powerful or mournful, questioning or declarative, and she’s unconcerned with trying to capture the quality of someone else’s compositions.

The disc’s final selection, the nine-minute-plus “A Father and Two Sons,” re-works the biblical Prodigal son tale with a contemporary focus, featuring wonderful vocal interaction between Block and her son Jordan.

This album showcases Rory Block’s own sound and vision and deserves widespread praise and attention.
~Ron Wynn