Rough Harvest

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Barnes & Noble - John Milward
A John Mellencamp album released on Mercury Records a year after the singer jumped to a rival label can only mean one thing: Mercury found some leftovers in the vaults. But instead of the standard-issue live album that typically rounds out a label tenure, ROUGH HARVEST gathers previously unreleased 1997 studio sessions that revisit Mellencamp's classics and spring a number of surprises. The guitars are mostly acoustic, the drums are subdued, and the prominent violin, occasional mandolin, and folkie harmonies suggest a rocky string band. The results range from a pleasingly percussive rendition of "Rain on the Scarecrow" to a rootsy, "Unplugged" version of "Human Wheels."...
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Barnes & Noble - John Milward
A John Mellencamp album released on Mercury Records a year after the singer jumped to a rival label can only mean one thing: Mercury found some leftovers in the vaults. But instead of the standard-issue live album that typically rounds out a label tenure, ROUGH HARVEST gathers previously unreleased 1997 studio sessions that revisit Mellencamp's classics and spring a number of surprises. The guitars are mostly acoustic, the drums are subdued, and the prominent violin, occasional mandolin, and folkie harmonies suggest a rocky string band. The results range from a pleasingly percussive rendition of "Rain on the Scarecrow" to a rootsy, "Unplugged" version of "Human Wheels." Mellencamp tips his hat to Bob Dylan with a take on his mid-'60s waltz, "Farewell Angelina," and a stark rendition of "In My Time of Dying," a traditional tune Dylan included on his debut album. Two in-concert oldies conclude the set: a version of the Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk," in which Mellencamp trades vocals with his bandmates; and a 1994 performance of Van Morrison's "Wild Night" featuring Me'Shell Ndegeocello. Quieter and looser than his usual hard-rocking fare, ROUGH HARVEST is a flavorful side dish that many Mellencamp fans will savor.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
When John Mellencamp left Mercury Records for Columbia in 1997, he owed his longtime label two more albums -- one was a hits collection The Best That I Could Do, the other was Rough Harvest. Not quite a rarities collection, not quite a live album, Rough Harvest offers a selection of acoustic arrangements of Mellencamp's personal favorites which happen to lean toward album tracks from the '90s, plus several covers recorded live at his studio, Belmont Mall, in 1997. On paper, this may seem like it's nothing more than a toss-off, just a way to fulfill contractual obligations, but it doesn't play that way. There's a warm feeling to the performances -- a nice, loose, off-the-cuff feeling that enhances the emotions in these low-key, subtly crafted songs. The newer songs benefit from this setting, as do familiar hits like "Rain on the Scarecrow" and "Jackie Brown" and the covers of "In My Time of Dying," "Farewell Angelina," "Under the Boardwalk," and "Wild Night." This may be a gentle difference that only devoted fans will notice, but that's who this album was made for, and they'll undoubtedly enjoy this intimate record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/1999
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 731455835526
  • Catalog Number: 558355

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mellencamp Primary Artist
Dane Clark Drums
MeShell NdegeOcello Track Performer
Toby Myers Bass
Mike Wanchic Guitar
Andy York Guitar
Miriam Sturm Violin
Moe Z Keyboards
Janas Hoyt Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Blind Willie Johnson Composer
Don Gehman Producer
George Green Composer
Paul Mahern Engineer
John Mellencamp Producer, Composer
Mike Wanchic Producer
Little Bastard Producer
Corsillo Art Direction
Timothy White Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John's Favorites could be your favorites...

    A great collection of some of John's personal favorite songs. The feel of sitting in the corner of a recording studio while a Rock and Roll Icon plays a concert for himself. Awesome cover of Under The Boardwalk and Farewell Angelina.

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