Big Daddy [Bonus Track]

Big Daddy [Bonus Track]

by John Mellencamp

CD(Bonus Tracks / Repackaged)

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Big Daddy [Bonus Track]

Continuing with the folk inclinations of The Lonesome Jubilee, John Mellencamp recorded his most ambitious and serious-minded album with Big Daddy. Mellencamp produced the record himself, giving the album a concise and stripped-down sound, which help give his songs the appearance of being gritty statements of truth. Unfortunately, Mellencamp isn't saying nearly as much as he believes he is, since his lyrics tend to be clichéd and half-baked, making much of the album feel pompous and self-serving. This is only reinforced by the lack of rockers on Big Daddy, since he saves the most carefree moment -- a ripping cover of the Hombres' "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" -- for an unlisted bonus track. Still, when he does hit his target, like on the gentle "Jackie Brown," the stuttering, fiddle-driven "Sometimes a Great Notion," and even the self-pitying "Pop Singer," Mellencamp proves that his talents haven't abandoned him. [In 2005 Universal remastered Mellencamp's catalog and included bonus tracks on all releases. The extra here is an acoustic version of "Jackie Brown." While not a throwaway by any means, it does add very little to the finished, included version.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2005
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602498812389
catalogNumber: 000451102
Rank: 48508

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mellencamp   Primary Artist,Vocals
Lisa Germano   Violin
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Vibes
John Cascella   Accordion,Keyboards,Penny Whistle,farfisa organ,Hammond B3
Larry Crane   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Georgia Jones   Background Vocals
Toby Myers   Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Pat Peterson   Background Vocals
Crystal Taliefero   Percussion,Background Vocals
Mike Wanchic   Bass,Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Willie Weeks   Bass Guitar
Nancy Arnold   Oboe

Technical Credits

B.B. Cunningham   Composer
Ross Hogarth   Engineer
John Mellencamp   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Vartan   Art Direction
George Corsillo   Art Direction
J.K. Hunter   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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