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Mr. Happy Go Lucky [Bonus Track]
     

Mr. Happy Go Lucky [Bonus Track]

by John Mellencamp
 

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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

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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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/19/2005
Label:
Umvd Special Markets
UPC:
0602498823514
catalogNumber:
000478602

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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
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
Harvey E. Phillips   Tuba

Technical Credits

Kenny Aronoff   Loop
David Leonard   Engineer
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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