Marvin Gaye

Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

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Marvin Gaye's follow-up to his number one R&B/number two pop smash "What's Going On" was based around ecological concerns. "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" has more of a bounce due in part to Gaye's use of drummer Chet Forest, who was classically trained, and his jazzy rhythms augmented the Motown studio band the Funk Brothers. Written and produced by Gaye and included on the What's Going On LP, "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" stayed at number one R&B for two weeks and went to number four pop in the summer of 1971. A similar "bonk" drum sound can be heard on Motown alumni Lamont Dozier's ABC single "Fish Aint Bitin'."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
What's Going On 1971 Motown 3:17
No Image 1972 Motown
Anthology [1974] 1974 Motown 3:15
No Image 1976 Motown
What's Going On/Let's Get It On 1980 Motown 3:13
No Image 1981 Tamla 3:14
Marvin Gaye's Greatest Hits 1981 Motown 3:15
Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye 1983 Motown 3:16
Compact Command Performances: 15 Greatest Hits 1984 Motown 3:14
No Image 1990 Motown 3:14
Great Songs & Performances That Inspired the Motown 25th Anniversary 1990 Motown 3:13
Sounds of the Seventies: 1971 -- Take Two 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:15
Rhythm & Blues: 1971 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Hitsville USA - The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 1992
Various Artists
Motown 2:31
Motown Legends: Mercy Mercy Me 1993 Universal Special Products / Motown 3:15
The Master 1961-1984 1995 Motown 3:13
Anthology: The Best of Marvin Gaye 1995 Motown 2:39
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye 1997 Motown / PolyGram 3:16
Forever Yours 1997 DTS Entertainment / Digital Sound 3:12
Soul Classics: Best of the 70's 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:16
Smooth Jazz [Metacom] 1998
Various Artists
Metacom 3:14
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Marvin Gaye, Vol. 2 2000 Motown 3:15
Universal Masters Collection 2000 Universal 3:13
Singers & Songwriters: 1970-1971 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:16
The Very Best of Marvin Gaye [Motown 2001] 2001 UTV / Motown 3:13
Soul Classics [MCA Special Products] 2001
Various Artists
Irma La Douce 0:00
Mercy Mercy Me! 2002
Various Artists
Blow Recordings 3:16
Songs From The Chillout Lounge 2002
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:11
100% Motown '70s 2002
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:11
Free Soul: The Classics of Marvin Gaye 2002 Motown 3:11
Soul 70's: What's Going On 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:14
The Marvin Gaye Collection [2003] 2003 Motown 3:55
Gold: Greatest Hits [Universal Canada] 2004 Universal Distribution / Universal International 3:14
Best Of Soul [Madacy Box Set] 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:14
Greatest Collection 2004 Platinum Disc 3:15
Icons 2004 Motown 3:13
Gold 2005 Motown 3:13
Chronicles 2005 Motown 3:16
Soul Brothers: Isaac Hayes/Barry White/Marvin Gaye 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:15
Classic Soul: Motown Legends, Vol. 4-5/100% Motown 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 0:00
Love Collection 2006 Universal International 3:13
Number 1's 2007 Motown 3:14
Playlist Plus 2008 Motown 3:14
The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 11A: 1971 2008
Various Artists
Hip-o Select 2:31
Motown: The Complete #1s 2008
Various Artists
Motown 3:13
The Masters Collection 2008 Spectrum Music 3:12
Motown 50 [International Version 2] 2008
Various Artists
Motown / Universal Distribution 3:13
Tour of Duty: Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:14
To Dad From Motown 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:33
Motortown Review 2009
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:30
Rarities Edition: What's Going On 2010 Motown 0:00
Love Marvin: The Greatest Love Songs Of Marvin Gaye 2010 Island / Motown / Universal Music TV 3:15
Total Motown 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:15
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:16
5 Classic Albums 2012 Motown 3:16
Motown the Musical: Originals – The Classic Songs That Inspired the Broadway Show 2013
Various Artists
Island / Motown 0:00
Motown the Musical: 100 Originals 2013
Various Artists
Cobalt Helladisc / Universal Music 3:14
20 #1's: Classic R&B Hits
Various Artists
Universal 3:14
20 #1’s: Singer-Songwriters
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 2:34
202 Motown Songs: The Complete #1's
Various Artists
Island / Def Jam / Universal Music 3:14
Motown 50 [Universal Mexico 2]
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:15
Motown Atlantic Highway
Various Artists
Motown
Motown the Musical: 40 Classic Songs That Inspired the Musical!
Various Artists
Universal 3:13