American Fool (Remastered)

March 29, 2005 | Format: MP3

$5.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Release Date: March 29, 2005
  • Label: MERCURY
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 John Mellencamp under exclusive license to The Island Def Jam Music Group
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  • Total Length: 38:07
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  • ASIN: B0013F0LAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,134 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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The lyrics of this album are great, as is the music.
J. Dennewitz
Although the song is a bit of pop-rock tripe, it still sounds pretty good today.
Westley
This is a great CD with several of his best songs ever!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on March 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With American Fool, John Cougar, attained status on the American music scene that would reach its peak during the Scarecrow and Lonesome Jubilee albums, but that was three and five years away, respectively. For now, let's concentrate on 1982 and the singles that shot up the charts, including the #1 single "Jack & Diane."
The sounds here are more raw and rock than the more refined material of the mid- to late 80's, some songs encompassing a combination drums and guitar that neared the crunch of AC-DC, such as one of his signature tunes, "Hurt So Good." Most of the songs have pounding pneumatic drums and power guitar chord stomp, and what I'm noticing here is that many other songs could've become singles because of it. In other words, Cougar's moment could've been bigger had this album been given a few more singles. Much like the lines in "Hurt So Good," "sink your teeth right into my bones" and "c'mon baby make it hurt so good," there's a new sort of confidence in the sound and in Cougar himself.
"A little ditty about Jack and Diane/two American kids doing the best they can" Well that little ditty went to #1 sure enough, divided into the quiet acoustic verses about the couple, with the transitional refrain of "life goes on/long after the thrill of living is gone" on the inevitable parade of life, leading into that ringing power riff. The thing seems to be that any young couple had better enjoy it, because "change will come around real soon and make us women and men." And break out the vomit bags, for the recognizable power riff and two notes plucked was sampled by Jessica Simpson in "I Think I Love You.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on June 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
OK. The Mellencamp on display here was nowhere to be seen prior to "American Fool."

If you listen to all his albums, in chronological order, one after the other, the second you get to "Hurts So Good", you sense something different.

This guy sound confident, assured. Brash, crystal-clear production.

The melody isn't catchy, it's irresistible. This is a classic pop song.

Then comes "Jack and Diane", a song that went from hit to overplayed to ridiculed to beloved classic. It's his prototype of story songs he had previously failed with, but was to soon master.

The drums simply thunder from your speakers...the remastering process shines here. The hand claps, the sizzling hi-hats...

...this is a chance for even the most jaded Mellencamp fans to rediscover this song, and fall in love with all over again.

Those two songs aren't just great singles, they're amongst the defining songs of an era...

The remainder of the album doesn't (...couldn't...) live up to those two songs, but there are some killer tunes left over. "Hand to Hold Onto" is a sunny single... the bonus track, "American Fool" is better than most of the other songs on the record too!

The classic artist we know and love first rears his head here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 26, 2005
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American Fool was John Cougar's major breakthrough. The album was buoyed by two major hits "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane". The former has a heavy guitar riff that sounds like a motorcycle revving up and it S&M stylings perfectly fit the leather clad rebel rocker image he had at the time. The former has an equally memorable guitar riff, but the song is a reminiscence about days gone by and dealing with growing up. "Hurts So Good" went to number two and "Jack & Diane" became his only number one single and both songs ended up among the ten biggest of 1982. The rest of the album contains some equally pleasing tracks like "Thundering Hearts", "China Girl", "Danger List" and "Hand To Hold On To". The album also went to number one and so far is the only one of his to do so.

The bonus track on this album is the would be title track and it should have been included on the original release.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Dennewitz on September 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's obvious that the low star rating of this album is because one person who doesn't know rock n roll has rated this album several times. If you even vaguely like John Mellancamp, you'll love this album. Every song rocks and the lyrics are classic Rock. "Thundering Hearts" has one of the most intense guitar riffs, and the singing is awesome. "Weakest Moments" is one of his best love ballads and is a great tune to slow dance to. The lyrics of this album are great, as is the music. It bounces back and forth between full blown rock, to middle of the road slightly laid back tunes. This is John's signature album, the one that started it all. Back in 1982 and 1983, every cool person around had this classic, only a nerd or a rapper could find fault with this collection of songs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John Young (john@aol.com) on March 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
One of the best albums that John Mellencamp (formerly John Cougar) has ever released! since then, we have seen some incredible work from him, but nothing as yet hascome up to the classic song "Jack and Diane". If you're going on a long road trip and need something to keep you awake, this is the CD for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vilbs on June 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to believe now, so many years later, that John Mellencamp was forced to change his name to "Johnny Cougar" in order to get a record deal because an executive said "I just can't sell John Mellencamp". Well, this album proved that name means nothing, and that by any name, young John was a musician to be reckoned with.
This hometown style collection of folk rock songs starts off with 3 tracks that can compete with the best music of its decade. Nobody that listens to music can fail to recognize the opening chords of "Hurts so Good", "Hand to Hold on To", or the immaculate "Jack and Diane". They're just that good. The rest of the album is old fashioned rock, with standouts including "Thundering Hearts" and "Close Enough".
Although he'd go on to much greater commercial successes in the future and some stylistic changes that would deviate from his folk-rock roots, "American Fool" is really where it all began for John Mellencamp, and here he begins to establish himself as one of the premier representatives of middle America.
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