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Uh-Huh found John Mellencamp coming into his own, but he perfected his heartland rock with Scarecrow. A loose concept album about lost innocence and the crumbling of small-town America, Scarecrow says as much with its tough rock and gentle folk-rock as it does with its lyrics, which remain a weak point for Mellencamp. Nevertheless, his writing has never been more powerful: "Rain on the Scarecrow" and "Small Town" capture the hopes and fears of Middle America, while "Lonely Ol' Night" and "Rumbleseat" effortlessly convey the desperate loneliness of being stuck in a dead-end life. Those four songs form the core of the album, and while the rest of the album isn't quite as strong, that's only a relative term, since it's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Uh-Huh found John Mellencamp coming into his own, but he perfected his heartland rock with Scarecrow. A loose concept album about lost innocence and the crumbling of small-town America, Scarecrow says as much with its tough rock and gentle folk-rock as it does with its lyrics, which remain a weak point for Mellencamp. Nevertheless, his writing has never been more powerful: "Rain on the Scarecrow" and "Small Town" capture the hopes and fears of Middle America, while "Lonely Ol' Night" and "Rumbleseat" effortlessly convey the desperate loneliness of being stuck in a dead-end life. Those four songs form the core of the album, and while the rest of the album isn't quite as strong, that's only a relative term, since it's filled with lean hooks and powerful, economical playing that make Scarecrow one of the definitive blue-collar rock albums of the mid-'80s. [In 2005 Universal remastered and reissued the album and included the B-side acoustic version of "Small Town." Of all the reissues in this series, this small bonus sheds light on what went into the full-blown single version, adding depth and weight to Mellencamp's seemingly simple celebration of the dignity of mainstream and rural American life. The mandolin break, slightly out of tune, comes just after a back-porch singalong bridge; it gives the entire thing a chilling authenticity that seems to suggest that the singer is attempting to convince no one, not even himself, that this truth is, if not self-evident, at least one of serene resignation.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Thom Jurek
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602498812396
  • Catalog Number: 000451202
  • Sales rank: 9,580

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rain on the Scarecrow - John Mellencamp (3:46)
  2. 2 Grandma's Theme - John Mellencamp (0:55)
  3. 3 Small Town - John Mellencamp (3:42)
  4. 4 Minutes to Memories - John Mellencamp (4:13)
  5. 5 Lonely Ol' Night - John Mellencamp (3:46)
  6. 6 The Face of the Nation - John Mellencamp (3:14)
  7. 7 Justice and Independence '85 - John Mellencamp (3:33)
  8. 8 Between a Laugh and a Tear - John Mellencamp (4:32)
  9. 9 Rumbleseat - John Mellencamp (3:00)
  10. 10 You've Got to Stand for Somethin' - John Mellencamp (4:33)
  11. 11 R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to '60s Rock) - John Mellencamp (2:55)
  12. 12 The Kind of Fella I Am - John Mellencamp (2:58)
  13. 13 Small Town - John Mellencamp (4:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Cougar Mellencamp Primary Artist, Vocals
Ry Cooder Slide Guitar, Guest Appearance
Rickie Lee Jones Vocals, Guest Appearance
Kenny Aronoff Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vibes, Group Member
John Cascella Keyboards, Guest Appearance
Larry Crane Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Richard Fanning Trumpet, Guest Appearance
Sarah Flint Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Mimi Mapes Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Laura Mellencamp Vocals, Guest Appearance
Toby Myers Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
Mike Wanchic Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Group Member
A. Jack Wilkins Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Greg Edward Engineer
Don Gehman Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
George Green Composer
Bob Ludwig Remastering
John Mellencamp Composer, Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Bob Cato Art Direction
Ross Alexander Engineer
Little Bastard Audio Production
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
G.M.G. Liner Notes
J.C.M. Author
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You've Gotta Stand for Somethin'

    My absolute, hands-down, all time favorite of John Mellencamp's releases. The sound quality of this remaster leaves me breathless, taking me back to the very first time I heard it. You CAN almost hear the rain falling on the Scarecrow!! The bonus track, an acoustic version of Small Town, is amazing, a must-have for any John Mellencamp fan!! With the recent kick-off of his tour, listening to these remasters just gets me more excited to see him live!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Scarecrow crows some more!

    Amazing Album and the remaster is even better. The sound quality has improved so much...you can actually hear the rain hitting the scarecrow...ok well maybe that's a reach but the sound is amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All time favorite

    One of John Mellencamp's outstanding albums. John is very active in Farm Aid and the message gets across with the song Scarecrow. This album has so many great songs. The all time classics Small Town and Lonely Ol Night still seem fresh everytime you listen to this album. Check out John's fan club, club cherry bomb on his website. Also, John is touring this summer so you can hear these great classics live!

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    Posted November 13, 2008

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