The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Best That I Could Do is an appropriately self-deprecating title for John Mellencamp's greatest-hits collection, considering that the heartland rocker never seemed too convinced of his own worth. Of course, he had to struggle to get any respect after he was saddled with the stage name Johnny Cougar early in his career, but this 14-track collection proves that he was one of the best, unabashed straight-ahead rockers of the '80s. The 14 tracks here actually turn out to be a little too short to contain all of his great singles -- songs like "Rain on the Scarecrow," "Rumbleseat," "Pop Singer," "Again Tonight," and "What If I Came Knocking" are left off the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Best That I Could Do is an appropriately self-deprecating title for John Mellencamp's greatest-hits collection, considering that the heartland rocker never seemed too convinced of his own worth. Of course, he had to struggle to get any respect after he was saddled with the stage name Johnny Cougar early in his career, but this 14-track collection proves that he was one of the best, unabashed straight-ahead rockers of the '80s. The 14 tracks here actually turn out to be a little too short to contain all of his great singles -- songs like "Rain on the Scarecrow," "Rumbleseat," "Pop Singer," "Again Tonight," and "What If I Came Knocking" are left off the collection there's nothing from 1988's Big Daddy at all -- but it's hard to argue with what's here. Over the course of the collection, such classic rock hits as "I Need a Lover," "Hurts So Good," "Jack and Diane," "Crumblin' Down," "Pink Houses," "Lonely Ol' Night," "Small Town," "Paper in Fire," "Cherry Bomb," and "Check It Out" are chronicled, with a new cover of Terry Reid's "Without Expression" added for good measure. It may fall short of being definitive, but only by a small margin, and it remains an excellent overview and introduction to Mellencamp's remarkably consistent body of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1997
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 731453673823
  • Catalog Number: 536738
  • Sales rank: 12,284

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Need a Lover (5:38)
  2. 2 Ain't Even Done with the Night (4:37)
  3. 3 Hurts So Good (3:39)
  4. 4 Jack and Diane (4:16)
  5. 5 Crumblin' Down (3:36)
  6. 6 Pink Houses (4:45)
  7. 7 Authority Song (3:50)
  8. 8 Lonely Ol' Night (3:46)
  9. 9 Small Town (3:41)
  10. 10 R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A. (2:55)
  11. 11 Paper in Fire (3:53)
  12. 12 Cherry Bomb (4:49)
  13. 13 Check It Out (4:20)
  14. 14 Without Expression (5:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mellencamp Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lisa Germano Fiddle, Violin
Jay Ferguson Keyboards
Mick Ronson Guitar, Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums, Background Vocals, Vibes, Hammered Dulcimer
Brian BecVar Keyboards
John Cascella Accordion, Keyboards
Dane Clark Drums
Larry Crane Guitar, Harmonica, Background Vocals
Sarah Flint Background Vocals
Carroll Sue Hill Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tom Knowles Drums
Toby Myers Bass, Background Vocals
David Parman Background Vocals
George "Chocolate" Perry Bass
Pat Peterson Background Vocals
Eric Ivan Rosse Keyboards
Rick Shlosser Drums
Crystal Taliefero Background Vocals
Mike Wanchic Guitar, Background Vocals
Willie Weeks Bass
Andy York Guitar, Background Vocals
Miriam Sturm Violin
Moe Z Keyboards, Background Vocals
Crystal Califero Accordion, Background Vocals
Robert Frank Bass, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Steve Cropper Producer
Howard Albert Producer
Ron Albert Producer
Greg Edward Engineer
Don Gehman Producer, Engineer
David Leonard Engineer
Paul Mahern Engineer
John Mellencamp Producer, Composer
John Punter Producer, Engineer
Dee Robb Engineer
Bruce Robb Engineer
David Thoener Engineer
George Tutko Engineer
George Corsillo Art Direction
Little Bastard Producer
Manzone Art Direction
Timothy White Liner Notes
George Michael Green Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ALL AMERICAN CLASSIC ROCK AT IT'S BEST!

    THIS ALBUM IS FULL OF SPIRIT LIFTING ALL-AMERICAN CLASSIC ROCK. ITS THE KIND OF ALBUM THAT YOU HAVE TO TURN UP AND ROLL DOWN THE WINDOWS ON A SUNNY DAY IN THE CAR. IT CONTAINS ALL OF MELLENCAMP'S GREASTEST WELL KNOWN HITS ALL ON ONE ROCKING ALBUM FOR PURE ENJOYMENT!!

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