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Words And Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
He's been a cocky rocker often referring to himself as "little bastard", a deft interpreter of the roots music of bygone days, and a spokesman for the workingman. But no matter what guise he dons, it's always clear that John Mellencamp is the closest thing his generation has produced to an archetypal American songwriter. This career-spanning collection offers nearly 40 snapshots of Mellencamp in action, from early hits like "I Need a Lover" and "Jack and Diane" -- quintessential midwestern romances infused with a potent dose of the region's deeply ingrained grit -- to more pointed early-'80s favorites such as "Rain on the Scarecrow" and "Small Town." Although ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
He's been a cocky rocker often referring to himself as "little bastard", a deft interpreter of the roots music of bygone days, and a spokesman for the workingman. But no matter what guise he dons, it's always clear that John Mellencamp is the closest thing his generation has produced to an archetypal American songwriter. This career-spanning collection offers nearly 40 snapshots of Mellencamp in action, from early hits like "I Need a Lover" and "Jack and Diane" -- quintessential midwestern romances infused with a potent dose of the region's deeply ingrained grit -- to more pointed early-'80s favorites such as "Rain on the Scarecrow" and "Small Town." Although Mellencamp became less of a chart-topping fixture in the '90s, he didn't lose a whit of his artistic potency, as evidenced by the steely "When Jesus Left Birmingham" culled from 1993's Human Wheels and his duet with Meshell Ndegeocello on a cover of Van Morrison's "Wild Night." Mellencamp doesn't waste the opportunity to debut fresh material on Words and Music. In fact, the pair of new songs -- both collaborations with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds -- might well be Mellencamp's best in ages, particularly "Walk Tall," a poignant-yet-pugnacious plea for tolerance that benefits from the soulful sheen added by Edmonds. Even a quarter century into his career, John Mellencamp is still unquestionably the Hoosier Daddy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/19/2004
  • Label: Island
  • UPC: 602498642368
  • Catalog Number: 000359202
  • Sales rank: 10,017

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Walk Tall (3:43)
  2. 2 Pink Houses (4:44)
  3. 3 Lonely Ol' Night (3:45)
  4. 4 Jackie Brown (4:02)
  5. 5 Rain On the Scarecrow (3:46)
  6. 6 Love and Happiness (3:53)
  7. 7 Check It Out (4:19)
  8. 8 Peaceful World (4:05)
  9. 9 Paper In Fire (3:50)
  10. 10 Your Life is Now (3:58)
  11. 11 Human Wheels (5:34)
  12. 12 When Jesus Left Birmingham (5:16)
  13. 13 Authority Song (3:49)
  14. 14 What If I Came Knocking (5:06)
  15. 15 Crumblin' Down (3:34)
  16. 16 Small Town (3:41)
  17. 17 R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. (A Salute to 60's Rock) (2:54)
  18. 18 Cherry Bomb (4:47)
  19. 19 Pop Singer (2:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Thank You (3:37)
  2. 2 Martha Say (3:42)
  3. 3 Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First) (4:53)
  4. 4 Hand To Hold On To (3:25)
  5. 5 I Need a Lover (5:35)
  6. 6 Hurts So Good (3:39)
  7. 7 Get a Leg Up (3:47)
  8. 8 Wild Night (3:27)
  9. 9 Dance Naked (3:00)
  10. 10 Teardrops Will Fall (4:17)
  11. 11 Ain't Even Done With the Night (4:38)
  12. 12 Just Another Day (3:31)
  13. 13 Jack & Diane (4:16)
  14. 14 Rumbleseat (2:57)
  15. 15 I'm Not Running Anymore (3:25)
  16. 16 Again Tonight (3:17)
  17. 17 This Time (4:18)
  18. 18 Now More Than Ever (3:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Mellencamp Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lisa Germano Mandolin, Violin, Background Vocals
Jay Ferguson Keyboards
Mick Ronson Guitar, Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Vibes
Malcolm Burn Organ
John Cascella Organ, Accordion, Keyboards, Melodica, Penny Whistle
John Casella Organ
Dane Clark Percussion, Drums
Larry Crane Guitar, Harmonica, Background Vocals
Milton Davis Bass
Sarah Flint Background Vocals
David Grissom Guitar, Mandolin
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Carroll Sue Hill Keyboards, Background Vocals
John Jarvis Keyboards
Tom Knowles Drums, Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson Drums
MeShell NdegeOcello Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Toby Myers Bass, Percussion, Background Vocals
Missy Background Vocals
David Parman Background Vocals
Pat Peterson Background Vocals
Michael Ramos Organ, Accordion, Background Vocals
Rick Shlosser Drums
Crystal Taliefero Background Vocals
Mike Wanchic Dulcimer, Dobro, Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Willie Weeks Bass
Andy York Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Background Vocals
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Guitar, Background Vocals
Miriam Sturm Violin
Jeff Pedersen Organ
Heather Headley Background Vocals
India.Arie Vocals
Moe Z M.D. Organ, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Loops
David Grisson Guitar
Courtney Kaiser Background Vocals
Jane McLeod Background Vocals
Brian Bekvar Keyboards
Jon Gunnell Bass
Laurie Robert-Glug Background Vocals
Sonja Rasmussen Background Vocals
Kenny Childers Guitar
David Wierhake Accordion
Susan Swaney Background Vocals
Robert Frank Bass, Background Vocals
Chocolate Perry Bass
Jenn Christy Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Ray Kennedy Engineer
Steve Cropper Producer
Malcolm Burn Producer
Greg Edward Engineer
Don Gehman Producer, Engineer
George Green Composer
Jay Healy Engineer
Ross Hogarth Engineer
Mark Hood Technical Editor
David Leonard Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Paul Mahern Producer, Engineer, Band Photo
John Mellencamp Composer, Producer
Van Morrison Composer
John Punter Producer, Engineer
Dee Robb Engineer
Bruce Robb Engineer
David Thoener Engineer
George Tutko Engineer
Mike Wanchic Producer
Jann Wenner Liner Notes
Junior Vasquez Producer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Producer
Paul Boutin Engineer
Wayne Maser Band Photo
Ross Alexander Technical Editor
Marion Smith Composer
Little Bastard Producer
David Allard Composer
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