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Big Daddy [Original recording remastered]

John MellencampAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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A few years ago, the Hungarian ambassador to the United States asked me to moderate a panel discussion at the embassy on “Rock & Roll as a Force for Freedom on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain.” The panel was to consist of the ambassador (András Simonyi), Tommy Ramone and me.
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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B0009IW9CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Each Definitive Remaster will feature newly remastered sound, a rare or previously unreleased bonus track and upgraded packaging. Packaging will feature lyrics and complete artwork. Island. 2005.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked And Underrated June 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Big Daddy finds John Cougar Mellencamp in a quiet, self-reflective mood. The album has a folk sound to it and although a few songs have electric guitars, it is mostly acoustic based. Songs like "Big Daddy Of Them all", "Void In My My Heart", "Mansions In Heaven", "Sometimes A Great Notion" and "JM's Questions" all deal with his family and his crumbling marriage. "Martha Say" is one of his most powerful songs and Lisa Gerimano's violin cuts through the songs. "Theo & Weird Harold" & "Jackie Brown" are like old Woody Guthrie Dust Bowl songs with their narrative tales. "Pop Singer" finds him railing against his early John Cougar image. The album closes out on an upbeat note with his raucous cover a 60's chestnut by The Hombres, Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out). Big Daddy is often overlooked, but it ranks right up there with any of his albums. The bonus track is an acoustic version of "Jackie Brown" which was originally released as the b-side to the album version of the song.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Americana, frankly, at its best. Thats what I feel when listening to a John Mellencamp record. JM is at a minimum, truly an equal to any of the greatest writer/ singers, if not the greatest, in my opinion. Comparisons are really not relevant, as music is subjective anyway.

Big Daddy is the album that brought me back to JM after a few years of trendy listening. "Theo and Weird Henry" specifically, for whatever reason, resonate in my soul, and always make me want to break out in a deadhead style solo dance around the house. The opening chords, like an explosion of foreboding, just MOVE me. John's expressed sympathies, his sincerity, are for me, expressions of desire for real American values; the kind called for in our declaration of Independence. Inalienable rights, humanist values, truly independent thought. Sad depiction of the propaganda of our times when John and his thoughts are labeled "lefty".

This album is in a PERFECT spot in the progression of his catalogue. Frankly, as good as it gets for me.

Thank you John!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Hug June 16, 2013
By G. K.
Format:Audio CD
Big Daddy is the introspected album by Mellencamp, in fact he didn't admit (in songs) to so much soul-searching until 2008-2010. This is the only Mellencamp album of the eighties written (nearly) entirely by him, with the exception of the hidden/extra track `Let It All Hang Out' ** a cover of a 1967 single by The Hombres (it's not listed on the original versions I own, but it can be selected on my old CD as track 12); it's a good version and was released as a single.
I think this album is beautiful and if you don't love it straight away, it will grow on you later. The vocals are not at the forefront of the production and there are quite a few instrumental gaps in some of the songs and atmospheric intros. It all builds into a reflective and quiet mood, for most of the tracks but not all: there are several energetic moments. The album is quite rich and full of surprises; in other words it's got depth, the listener has to be willing to peel the layers and take his/her time. I don't know if it is telling or not, but the lyrics were not printed on the cassette (nor CD) inlay. Instead, we get photographs of the band sort of huddled together and of John Mellencamp playing with and hugging his daughters Teddi Jo and Justice. Lovely picture disc also.
The album is not as folksy as the previous one: apart from the mandolin, violin, oboe and accordion, it is very much a guitar album, with great rhythm section. The album starts with `Big Daddy of Them All' ** at first it sounds like we're still in 1987, but the song spirals inwards into a very quiet number, the instruments echo but the vocals don't rise up because it is a song about growing old or disappointed; "You used to raise your voice so that it could be heard", not anymore: here Mellencamp mutters as if tired.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Big Daddy" of Remasters April 20, 2013
By jan b
Format:Audio CD
This review is not only of this particular CD, but of the entire John Mellencamp "Definitive Remasters" catalog. As a lifelong Mellencamp fan, I have purchased every one of John's U.S. offerings. His body of works speaks for itself, so I will not try to convince anyone of its superior quality. Simply put, if you are either a Mellencamp fan or a fan of good quality recordings--perhaps both--these recordings are a must. The quality of the remasters, when compared to the originals, is obvious and exciting. I have now replaced all of my originals with remasters, and can only say that if you want an incredible listening experience, do the same thing. Oh, by the way, "Big Daddy" finishes my upgrading, and it might represent the best improvement of the bunch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of his best September 30, 2013
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His story telling along with some killer rock and folkish music keeps me going back to this album after all these years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Mellencamp's best March 8, 2013
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Re-release of a great album. Includes bonus track, an acoustic version of "Jackie Brown." Some of JCM's best work, and my personal favorite. More folk-rock than some of his other albums. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of Americana
Unlike most Mellencamp albums of this era, there were no obvious singles on this one. But out of 'Scarecrow', 'Lonesome Jubilee' and this, I probably like this the most. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Love John Mellencamp
This CD is wonderful! Do I need to say more it's JOHN MELLENCAMP. i have been a fan all the way back to UHhuh
Published 14 months ago by Penguins fan
2.0 out of 5 stars big daddy
Big daddy is ok it don`t have that rock sound like some of his older stuff.I give it two star. there are 3 song`s that i like the rest of them are to slow. Read more
Published on June 21, 2011 by Big Dog.
1.0 out of 5 stars He does try to build on from "The Lonesome Jubilee"
However, he ends up coming up way short. This would begin his descent into mediocrity. I was never a big fan of "Pop Singer", but now I'm not a fan of this whole album. Read more
Published on August 26, 2009 by Daniel Hayes
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Energy and Fun
This album is lacking the energy and fun of his earlier albums - However, I must say that "Martha Say" and "Pop Singer" are classics

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Published on February 7, 2007 by J. Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp Puts Out Another Winner
BIG DADDY is another great album for John Mellencamp, continuing the musical experiments of THE LONESOME JUBILEE, but with less preachy lyrics. Read more
Published on October 6, 2005 by The Footpath Cowboy
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