Mr. Happy Go Lucky [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Mellencamp responded to his massive heart attack and close call with death with Mr. Happy Go Lucky, the most overtly ambitious album in his career. Mellencamp has always been a bit of a fatalist, so it isn't any great surprise that there is an undercurrent of dark mortality running through most of his songs. What is a surprise is his musical approach. Although he hasn't abandoned the essential elements of his music -- the rootsy instrumentation, the violins, the simple song structures, the gritty folk-rock -- he has augmented them with the help of Junior Vasquez, a noted dance producer. Vasquez doesn't push Mellencamp into dance, but he adds certain ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Mellencamp responded to his massive heart attack and close call with death with Mr. Happy Go Lucky, the most overtly ambitious album in his career. Mellencamp has always been a bit of a fatalist, so it isn't any great surprise that there is an undercurrent of dark mortality running through most of his songs. What is a surprise is his musical approach. Although he hasn't abandoned the essential elements of his music -- the rootsy instrumentation, the violins, the simple song structures, the gritty folk-rock -- he has augmented them with the help of Junior Vasquez, a noted dance producer. Vasquez doesn't push Mellencamp into dance, but he adds certain dynamics and techniques from club music to Mr. Happy Go Lucky, which occasionally gives the album a greater depth. It's a gentle change, not a forceful one -- nothing sounds like dance music, but there are deeper rhythms and bass throughout the album, which breathes life into well-crafted songs like "Key West Intermezzo I Saw You First." Since he doesn't pursue dance completely on Mr. Happy Go Lucky, Mellencamp doesn't end up alienating his fans, but the reluctance to give himself over to dance makes the album uneven. Ironically, the tracks that exhibit Vasquez's influence the least are the least successful -- they simply sound like Mellencamp is going through the motions. Nevertheless, Mr. Happy Go Lucky proves that Mellencamp has more surprises in him than many listeners would have expected and suggests that he is in the process of revitalizing his career. [The 2005 reissue of the album added one bonus track: a live version of "What If I Came Knocking" that first appeared on the Key West Intermezzo I Saw You First CD single.]
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  • Release Date: 7/19/2005
  • Label: Umvd Special Markets
  • UPC: 602498823514
  • Catalog Number: 000478602

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mellencamp Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy Ryser Violin, Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Percussion, Drums, Vibes
Milton Davis Bass, Bass Guitar
Toby Myers Bass, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Pat Peterson Background Vocals
Harvey Phillips Tuba
Susie Ronson Laughs
Mike Wanchic Organ, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals, Mellotron
Andy York Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Percussion, Background Vocals, Mellotron, chamberlain
Raphael Saadiq Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Violin (Bass)
Junior Vasquez Percussion, Rhythm
Lonnie Pitchford Slide Guitar
Tim Riggins Trombone
Miriam Sturm Violin
Jeff Pedersen Organ
Moe Z M.D. Organ, Background Vocals, Loops
Dennis Riggins Saxophone
Technical Credits
Kenny Aronoff Loop
David Leonard Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
John Mellencamp Composer, Liner Notes
Toby Myers Composer
P. Dennis Mitchell Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Mike Wanchic Producer
Junior Vasquez Producer, Audio Production
Gomi Programming
Miriam Sturm Arranger
Little Bastard Audio Production
Marc Goodman Engineer
Joey Moskowitz Programming
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