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Big Daddy [Original recording remastered]

John MellencampAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0009IW9CK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,246 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
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp's Nebraska August 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a GREAT, GREAT ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I remember reading a series of interviews John was giving at the time this CD was released and he just seemed so depressed and mad and bitter and . . . well, defiant, that I couldn't wait to hear this music. There's nothing new about an artist reaching new heights in his artistic career while sinking to new lows in his personal life. With Big Daddy, Mellencamp created an album that was at once deeply personal yet able to touch a wide audience. Unsure of his place in the world, unhappy with his life and tired of what he saw as an endless cycle of work, tours, singles, albums, interviews, marriages, divorces, tours, singles, albums, marriages . . .Ā@Mellencamp spilled his guts. Much like Springsteen's Nebraska, Mellencamp turned up the intensity by turning down the amps. Although he didn't go quite as a stark as Bruce, he did create a stunning series of low key, half songs, simple arrangements and mood pieces that were still hummable and certainly unforgetable.Ā@While songs like Martha Say, Theo and Weird Harry, and Big Daddy of Them All, are populated by people we all know . . . Pop Singer is sung from the point of view of a man who is trying to make an impact on the world, but fearing that in the end all he is really doing is filling the airwaves and jukeboxes with the latest top forty smash. With words like "Never wanted to be no Pop Singer, never wanted to write no Pop Song" Mellencamp was inviting snide remarks. The fact that he chose to release this song as a single shows that the irony of it all isn't lost on this not so simple man. Although at times the world on this album can appear bleak, it never falls to self-pity or overblown sentiments. Read more ›
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Gem February 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't more people know about this album? June 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Mellencamp really shows his folk roots on this album, and it works very well. The songs show that Mellencamp is rather weary and despairing. The masterpiece here is Jackie Brown, which is one of his best songs ever. The album ends with the unlisted song Let It All Hang Out, which is fun, in contrast to the heaviness of all the other songs. I don't have a bad thing to say about this one; there isn't a weak song on the album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Daddy
This is a phenomenal album. I've been playing this almost constantly since it arrived and I'm finding myself liking it more and more upon repeated listening.
Published 23 days ago by mark seeberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Best album that he wrote
Published 2 months ago by Jack V
4.0 out of 5 stars Volume 3
Big Daddy completes John Mellencamp's American heartland trilogy. He goes a little quieter musically, and more inward lyrically. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. McCool
5.0 out of 5 stars one of his best
His story telling along with some killer rock and folkish music keeps me going back to this album after all these years.
Published 12 months ago by dana dunham
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Daddy
Big Daddy is the introspected album by Mellencamp, in fact he didn't admit (in songs) to so much soul-searching until 2008-2010. Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Big Hug
Big Daddy is the introspected album by Mellencamp, in fact he didn't admit (in songs) to so much soul-searching until 2008-2010. Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars "Big Daddy" of Remasters
This review is not only of this particular CD, but of the entire John Mellencamp "Definitive Remasters" catalog. Read more
Published 18 months ago by jan b
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Mellencamp's best
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. Read more
Published 19 months ago by ris-3
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 20 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 21 months ago by Penguins fan
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