On the Rural Route 7609 [Special Edition]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Only John Mellencamp, whose career began with a series of wrong turns, raw determination, and the audaciousness to demand he be taken seriously could create a box set as strange, representative, and labyrinthine as On the Rural Route 7609. In the era of the "track," Mellencamp has issued a massive, beautifully packaged, and exhaustively annotated four-disc career retrospective that doesn't lean on his hits many aren't here, but rather on more obscure album cuts, outtakes, rarities 17 selections make their debuts here, and more recent material -- numerous selections come from 2007's Freedom's Road and 2008's Life Love Death and Freedom. In Anthony DeCurtis' excellent liner ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Only John Mellencamp, whose career began with a series of wrong turns, raw determination, and the audaciousness to demand he be taken seriously could create a box set as strange, representative, and labyrinthine as On the Rural Route 7609. In the era of the "track," Mellencamp has issued a massive, beautifully packaged, and exhaustively annotated four-disc career retrospective that doesn't lean on his hits many aren't here, but rather on more obscure album cuts, outtakes, rarities 17 selections make their debuts here, and more recent material -- numerous selections come from 2007's Freedom's Road and 2008's Life Love Death and Freedom. In Anthony DeCurtis' excellent liner essay/interview, Mellencamp claims he isn't "trying to prove anything. . . it was a way for them to discover songs of mine that perhaps were overlooked because of the songs that were so popular on the radio." Given his choice of material, he may not feel that his career-long demand has been met yet. The address in the title of On the Rural Route 7609 denotes his recording span: 1976-2009, to date. The box isn't structured chronologically, but as four free standing albums, each with its own flavor and themes. In the hardbound book-like package, Mellencamp's and DeCurtis' comments illustrate each track. Disc one opens with "Longest Days." Like many of its songs, it deals with death; in this case, his grandmother's. She makes her own ghostly appearance, singing on the next track! "Rural Route" is next up, a song signifying another side of "Small Town" America the song isn't here, where the "air stinks of crystal meth," as it relates a tale of murder and rape. It's a helluva way to open a box set. Throughout -- in "Jackie Brown," an alternate "Rain on the Scarecrow," two versions of "Jim Crow" one read by Cornell West -- Mellencamp reveals American darkness and violence, followed by Mellencamp's themes of personal accountability and consequence -- "Big Daddy of Them All," an alternate "Deep Blue Heart" with Trisha Yearwood, "Forgiveness," and "Don't Need This Body." It closes with the burden of nostalgia for simpler times: an early tape of "Jenny at 16," the model for "Jack and Diane," is followed by the writing demo for the song and the album version. Disc two begins with Joanne Woodward reading the lyrics to "The Real Life," and ends with the ironic "Pink Houses." This disc is about the conflicting perceptions of America's inhabitants; about what it actually is as its national consciousness changes: a writing demo for "Authority Song," "The Full Catastrophe" written for Johnny Cash, "To Washington," the demo of "Our Country," and "Rodeo Clown" underscore this. Disc three reflects Mellencamp's personal side with an acoustic "Void in My Heart" and "Sugar Marie" redone, a demo for "Cherry Bomb," a remixed "L.U.V.," the single version of "When Jesus Left America," "Thank You" from a 2004 hits collection, and a new cut, "Some Day the Rains Will Fall." Disc four concerns itself with memory, regret, acceptance, and the fleeting nature of life. Among its rarities are his version of "Colored Lights" written for the Blasters, a demo for "Peaceful World," an acoustic "To M.G. Wherever She May Be," and an alternate, scarier "Rural Route." Musically, there are no missteps; for all its winding paths and circles within circles, On Rural Route 7609 makes its case and perhaps sets a new standard for career retrospectives. Mellencamp is undoubtedly among the best rock & roll American singer/songwriters -- on or off the charts. The question is, does he believe it?
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2010
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • UPC: 602527126258
  • Catalog Number: 001319302
  • Sales rank: 127,620

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Longest Days (3:11)
  2. 2 Grandma's Theme (0:57)
  3. 3 Rural Route (3:07)
  4. 4 Jackie Brown (4:04)
  5. 5 Rain On the Scarecrow (3:20)
  6. 6 Jim Crow (0:55)
  7. 7 Jim Crow (3:21)
  8. 8 Big Daddy of Them All (3:31)
  9. 9 Deep Blue Heart (3:21)
  10. 10 Forgiveness (4:31)
  11. 11 Don't Need This Body (3:26)
  12. 12 Jenny At 16 (1:59)
  13. 13 Jack and Diane (1:07)
  14. 14 Jack and Diane (4:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Real Life (2:36)
  2. 2 Ghost Towns Along the Highway (4:39)
  3. 3 The Full Catastrophe (4:21)
  4. 4 Authority Song (1:54)
  5. 5 Troubled Land (3:26)
  6. 6 To Washington (3:10)
  7. 7 Our Country (3:22)
  8. 8 Country Gentleman (3:19)
  9. 9 Freedom's Road (4:13)
  10. 10 Mr. Bellows (4:00)
  11. 11 Rodeo Clown (4:27)
  12. 12 Love and Happiness (3:39)
  13. 13 Pink Houses (4:44)
Disc 3
  1. 1 If I Die Sudden (5:41)
  2. 2 Someday (3:08)
  3. 3 Between a Laugh and a Tear (2:55)
  4. 4 Void In My Heart (2:16)
  5. 5 Death Letter (6:10)
  6. 6 Sugar Marie (4:10)
  7. 7 Theo and Weird Henry (4:51)
  8. 8 When Jesus Left Birmingham (3:58)
  9. 9 L.U.V. (3:10)
  10. 10 Thank You (3:40)
  11. 11 Women Seem (5:16)
  12. 12 The World Don't Bother Me None (4:04)
  13. 13 Cherry Bomb (3:29)
  14. 14 Some Day the Rains Will Fall (4:35)
  15. 15 A Ride Back Home (3:11)
Disc 4
  1. 1 My Aeroplane (4:42)
  2. 2 Colored Lights (3:25)
  3. 3 Just Like You (4:03)
  4. 4 Young Without Lovers (2:51)
  5. 5 To M.G. (Wherever She May Be) (4:24)
  6. 6 Sweet Evening Breeze (4:53)
  7. 7 What If I Came Knocking (5:09)
  8. 8 County Fair (3:43)
  9. 9 Peaceful World (3:14)
  10. 10 Your Life is Now (4:00)
  11. 11 For the Children (4:37)
  12. 12 Rural Route (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mellencamp Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Trisha Yearwood Background Vocals
Joan Baez Background Vocals
Dave Alvin Guitar
Lisa Germano Violin, Background Vocals
Jimmy Ryser Violin, Background Vocals
Jay Ferguson Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Mick Ronson Guitar, Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Percussion, Drums
T Bone Burnett Bass, Guitar
John Cascella Organ, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards
Dane Clark Percussion, Drums
Larry Crane Guitar, Background Vocals
Dennis Crouch Bass
Milton Davis Bass
Mike Dupke Drums
David Grissom Guitar
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Carroll Sue Hill Background Vocals
Georgia Jones Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson Drums
Laura Mellencamp Vocals
Toby Myers Bass, Background Vocals
Pat Peterson Percussion, Background Vocals
Harvey Phillips Brass
Michael Ramos Organ, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Crystal Taliefero Percussion, Background Vocals
Mike Wanchic Organ, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Willie Weeks Bass
Andy York Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Raphael Saadiq Bass, Background Vocals
Nancy Arnold Oboe
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Guitar, Background Vocals
Lonnie Pitchford Background Vocals
Tim Riggins Brass
Miriam Sturm Organ, Piano, Violin, Keyboards
Moe Z Organ, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Steve Jordan Percussion, Drums
Joanne Woodward Vocals, Readings
Janas Hoyt Background Vocals
Heather Headley Background Vocals
Kimberly Roads Background Vocals
Karen Fairchild Background Vocals
Jimi Westbrook Background Vocals
Michael Clark Guitar
Courtney Kaiser Background Vocals
Jane McLeod Background Vocals
Laurie Robert-Glug Background Vocals
Dave Rowe Bass
Dennis Riggins Brass
Phillip Sweet Background Vocals
Troye Kinnett Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Sonja Rasmussen Background Vocals
Kenny Childers Guitar, Background Vocals
David Wierhake Accordion
John Gunnell Bass
Susan Swaney Background Vocals
Jeff Pederson Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Cornell West Vocals, Readings
Robert Frank Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Trisha Yearwood Duet
Joan Baez Duet
Lisa Germano Duet
Jimmy Ryser Duet
Mick Ronson Duet
Malcolm Burn Producer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Larry Crane Duet
Greg Edward Engineer
Don Gehman Producer, Engineer
Jay Healy Engineer
Carroll Sue Hill Duet
Ross Hogarth Engineer
Son House Composer
Georgia Jones Duet
David Leonard Producer, Engineer
Paul Mahern Producer, Engineer
John Mellencamp Composer, Producer
Toby Myers Duet
P. Dennis Mitchell Engineer
Justin Niebank Engineer
Pat Peterson Duet
Michael Ramos Duet
Don Smith Engineer
Mark Stebbeds Engineer
Crystal Taliefero Duet
David Thoener Engineer
George Tutko Engineer
Mike Wanchic Producer, Duet
Andy York Duet
Raphael Saadiq Duet
Anthony DeCurtis Liner Notes
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Producer, Duet
Lonnie Pitchford Duet
Paul Boutin Engineer
Gavin Lurssen Mastering
Mike Piersante Engineer
Moe Z Duet
Jun Murakawa Engineer
Marc Goodman Engineer
Janas Hoyt Duet
Traditional Composer
Heather Headley Duet
Kimberly Roads Duet
Karen Fairchild Duet
Jimi Westbrook Duet
Courtney Kaiser Duet
Jane McLeod Duet
Laurie Robert-Glug Duet
Phillip Sweet Duet
George Green Composer
Michael Stucker Engineer
Ray Kennedy Engineer
Sonja Rasmussen Duet
Kenny Childers Duet
George M. Green Composer
Jo Almeida Photo Coordination
Susan Swaney Duet
Robert Frank Duet
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