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1978-2012 [19 CD] Box set, Import
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I was not impressed with the 2005 releases, except for the availability of A Biography (1978). Most all of the bonus tracks were crap, but at least John got some attention paid to him that was finally due.
I do love the sound of this set. I appreciate the work that was put into these new remasters, but again, much like the 2005 re-issues, the bonus tracks lack in every aspect. Most of us truest die hard fans are looking for "Cold Sweat", "Pretty Ballerina", "Sham Lama Ding Dong", etc. The true treasures would be those b-sides as bonus cuts - especially "Shama Lama Ding Dong" and "Never Too Old" (both from Lonesome Jubilee).
Only the truest die hard (and neurotic) fans would bitch about the lack of John's MainMan material, but I'm forgiving about that here. No one really needs any of those two albums, unless you are looking for historical pieces to add to your Mellencamp collection. But believe me, we'd s*** some major bricks if those were included and jump all over this set in a New York minute. I'd go as high as $200 for those two CDs, A Biography, real B-Sides and Falling From Grace. Absolutely. No questions asked.
However, again, like the 2005 re-issues, there is a bonus release. This time in the form of that long awaited re-issue of Falling From Grace (Larry's "Whiskey burning" has never sounded so good and "Sweet Suzanne" is almost like those b-side treasures we are once again denied). I lost my Falling From Grace CD sometime in the 90's and haven't replaced it. It was nice to finally hear it unlike ever before.Read more ›
UPDATE **** UME sent me the correct replacements saying that they were aware some box sets had my problem but they had thought they had caught all the bad ones before they hit the stores but somehow, at least, one got through. Mine. But now I have a remastered Love, Death, Live and Freedom in my set: 20 discs instead of 19 discs. I came out on top. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.
The box is the worst quality cardboard and twis the size it needs to be to house the discs, and with absolutely no notation of any kind. A booklet summerising the recording,giving a little bio info. on the contributing,musicians as well as the main character.
An excellent example of why the lack of interest in owning CD's as opposed to downlading is the flavour de jour.
So much for so little cost could have made this an interesting set to own, but...
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I thought it would come in a nice presentaion. It came in a cheap box.
However, the cd's were perfectly remastered.
Contents great! Packaging a little careless. Two CDs had surface scratches from being improperly placed in cardboard sleeves. Seemed to play all right. All sleeves seemed tight. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Music lover
Mellencamp has been my favorite song writer since middle school. Most people have been through what he has written in his songs. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Anthony Littleton
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I have just rediscovered JMC and my lord he is even better than the early days. I have just purchased a turntable and when i went looking for a record to play i managed to find a dog eared copy of The Lonesome Jubilee in my garage, gave it a wipe down, dropped the needle down and was blown away... Read More
Dec 12, 2013 by Robert Johnson | See all 3 posts
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don't know. really like mellencamp, but for some reason this just doesn't seem that impressive. maybe because a lot of his albums lack a bit in consistent quality songs.
Nov 15, 2013 by mark richards | See all 20 posts
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