The Lonesome Jubilee [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Lonesome Jubilee was the only step John Mellencamp could take after Scarecrow. On the former album he had developed a new standard for heartland rock without expanding its sound much; it had acoustic undertones but was largely urban music fueled by R&B. Mellencamp expanded his band on the latter recording, adding Lisa Germano's violin to the mix, and a boatload of acoustic instruments -- from autoharp, accordion, penny whistle, claves, mandolins, banjos and hammer dulcimer -- as well as lap and pedal steel. His songwriting, too, delved deeper into folk styles, along with his own re-visioning of North Appalachian country. The result is a deeply textured, resonant, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Lonesome Jubilee was the only step John Mellencamp could take after Scarecrow. On the former album he had developed a new standard for heartland rock without expanding its sound much; it had acoustic undertones but was largely urban music fueled by R&B. Mellencamp expanded his band on the latter recording, adding Lisa Germano's violin to the mix, and a boatload of acoustic instruments -- from autoharp, accordion, penny whistle, claves, mandolins, banjos and hammer dulcimer -- as well as lap and pedal steel. His songwriting, too, delved deeper into folk styles, along with his own re-visioning of North Appalachian country. The result is a deeply textured, resonant, multi-dimensional and very dynamic rock & roll sound. Mellencamp's songwriting was also inspired, and moved another notch or two from the leaner, more poetic style he displayed on much of Scarecrow. Though often somber, his lyrics reflect an engagement with the subtleties of everyday life and its joys, disappointments, and sufferings. The pastoral meets the gritty reality of city and suburbs on tracks like "Empty Hands" and "Down and Out in Paradise," The rollicking opener, "Paper in Fire," is fueled by Germano's fiery fiddle and Larry Crane's banjo and dobro playing. The R&B doesn't totally disappear, as Crystal Taliefero's scorching backing vocal attests, lifting Mellencamp's refrain to a frenzied height. It's one of the finest rock & roll songs he's authored, and its blend of instruments and textures has often been imitated, but never equaled. The biggest hit from the album is the infectious and utterly irrepressible "Cherry Bomb." A nostalgic paean to the innocence and folly of youth, its squeezebox and fiddle shuffling along on top of Kenny Aronoff's clipped, crisp snare is pure finger-popping joy. Mellencamp's words are to the point; they never drip idle sentimentality, and they offer sharp portraits of the past as a way of accepting the present. As a songwriter, one of Mellencamp's greatest gifts is to inspire his listeners through portrayals of the experiential wisdom of everyday life. Tracks like "Real Life," "We the People," and "Check It Out" do just that. The medium -- acoustic-based rock & roll lengthened to include the earthy, rural roots musics -- multiplies the empathy in his words. Combine them with undeniable hooks, and what comes out of the box is not only memorable, but seemingly timeless in its appeal. And Lonesome Jubilee, more than any album in Mellencamp's catalog, is just that: timeless. It is a work of popular art that reflects upon and celebrates the complexities and shared common experiences of life in America. This is ambitious rock & roll that communicates its intent effortlessly, soulfully, and viscerally. [Lonesome Jubilee was remastered for CD in 2005 and includes a bonus track form the session called "Blues From the Front Porch," driven by Crane's National Steel acoustic with urgent vocals by Taliefero and Pat Peterson.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/24/2005
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602498812402
  • Catalog Number: 000451302
  • Sales rank: 6,505

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mellencamp Primary Artist
Lisa Germano Fiddle, Band
Kenny Aronoff Conga, Drums, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Band, Vibes, Hammered Dulcimer
John Cascella Accordion, Keyboards, Saxophone, Melodica, Band, Claves, Penny Whistle
Larry Crane Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Autoharp, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Band, Lap Steel Guitar
Toby Myers Banjo, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Band
Pat Peterson Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals, Band, cowbell
Crystal Taliefero Vocals, Background Vocals, Band
Mike Wanchic Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Band
Technical Credits
Don Gehman Producer, Engineer
David Leonard Engineer
Bob Ludwig Remastering
John Mellencamp Composer, Producer
George Corsillo Art Direction
Ross Alexander Engineer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lonesome Jubilee...One of his best

    I beleive with Lonesome Jubilee John solidified his position in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is with this album and the instruments that he chose, he created folk rock and roll. He wrote about your life, he wrote about my life....He wrote about his life. In my opinion one of the best rock and roll albums ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Check it Out

    If you think the original release of Lonesome Jubilee is good, the Remaster is even better!! The haunting, hypnotizing sounds of the violin, combined with the accordian is unbelievable!! The acoustic version of Jackie Brown, previously unreleased, is enough to bring me to tears. Of course with John's new fan club, Club Cherry Bomb, and John's current tour, one of my favorite tracks is Cherry Bomb. Second only to Scarecrow, this is one of my favorite John Mellencamp albums!!

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