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Freedom's Road (2 CD Set) [Limited Collector's Edition]

John MellencampAudio CD
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A Meditation on John Mellencamp’s Life, Death, Love and Freedom
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
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Collector's Edition
  • Label: UMe/Universal Republic
  • Run Time: 63.26 minutes
  • ASIN: B000MVIZ7W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Limited Edition includes an Exclusive Bonus Disc featuring 4 Alternate versions. Track listing: CD ONE: (1) Someday, (2) Ghost Towns Along The Highway, (3) The Americans, (4) Forgiveness, (5) Freedom's Road, (6) Jim Crow - duet with Joan Baez, (7) Our Country, (8) Rural Route, (9) My Aeroplane, (10) Heaven Is A Lonely Place CD TWO: (1) Ghost Towns Along The Highway - acoustic, (2) Someday - acoustic, (3) Rural Route - acoustic, (4) The Americans - rough mix

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I usually resist writing a review of a new album until I've had it a while and listened to it a few times through. Unless we are talking about a live album or a greatest hits compilation or something of that sort, reviewed from a rather technical aspect, I find that most albums - unless they immediately stand out as something truly amazing and/or original (and that doesn't happen often) - take a while to grow on me and my opinion of them tends to change after I take few listens. Fickle record buyers and listeners should beware not to pick up a new album, skip through the tracks and then dismiss it simply because nothing jumps out as a catchy single and/or something like the artist's past mega-hits.

I find this ideology applies to no one more than Mellencamp - and perhaps every classic rock artist still making albums to a fraction of the sales they had in their heyday. Adults don't buy albums the way kids do and if there is no new single from Mellencamp and his counterparts, fans may not even know he has a new album out, much less see any reason to buy it since he long ago stopped trying to duplicate his past hits just to stay on the singles charts. (This is also why the top tours every year are constantly from classic rockers, but their albums sell half of what the latest from 50 Cent and the like sell - too bad, but good for these guys standing their artistic ground).

So normally I would let my opinion of a new John Mellencamp record simmer until I have mulled over each song a bit more in order to discover my true feelings about it. But, since buying it this morning, I have listened to the album through a few times, revisited key songs that stand out a few more, and I think it is safe to say that this album earns a recommendation.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follow "Freedom's Road" to Mellencamp's house. January 23, 2007
By P. J.
Format:Audio CD
Freedom's Road is an unparalleled assembly of musical masterpieces. John Mellencamp has never made "the same record" twice regarding sound and style. He holds true and stays the course with this release. While the "Cougar" fans may have stopped buying Mellencamp's releases some time ago, it is their loss that is most sad. John's songwriting did not even begin to peak until "Mr. Happy Go Lucky" in the mid/late '90's. Amazingly, that is 10 years ago. Mellencamp has been writing fresh, meaningful songs since then. However, some may say that as well-written as the songs were, they were lacking something. If that is true, John has discovered what was needed. It is the good ol' garage band rock-n-roll jam session sound that he brings to this party. Guitars cranking, challenging if not controversial lyrics, catchy hooks and beats, and superb band support. Throw all of that in with the backing vocals of the very talented Little Big Town throughout and you have the best Mellencamp release since the Cougar-Mellencamp days of the mid-late 80's. Most striking to me personally is that John is sending out his feelings and observations through incredibly catchy tunes. Highpoints are "The Americans" and "Someday" as likely radio hits. Tremendous album cuts include "Ghost Towns Along The Highway", "Forgiveness", and "My Aeroplane." By the way, if you think that "Our Country" is a tired old truck ad, think again. The song merits a full listen. I highly recommend Freedom's Road to any rock music fan. I challenge anyone willing to step up to the plate and at the very least question the state of our country. John Mellencamp has. Freedom's Road is a 5 star release that will have you strumming the guitars and pounding the drums of your imagination.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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While there may be some bumps along the way (cliched lyrics, underdeveloped melodies), John Mellencamp's new FREEDOM'S ROAD is a welcomed addition to an already sterling catalog. Not as strong as, say, SCARECROW, THE LONESOME JUBILEE, HUMAN WHEELS or MR. HAPPY GO LUCKY, but certainly better than DANCE NAKED and WHENEVER WE WANTED, the disc, for the most part, successfully showcases many of Mellencamp's strong points, as well as a few of his weaker ones. Things kick off with the easy, yet edgy, groove of "Someday", a classic JM cut. Awash in crisp instrumentation, a powerful lead vocal and soaring backing vocals, the track wraps around the pointed lyrics ("How many times can a spirit be broken/For this is the kingdom of heaven we're given/Good fortune will come to those who create peace") and doesn't let go. A great album opener! The same can be said for "Ghost Towns Along The Highway", which has an almost eerie, airy vibe to it. As Mellencamp questions whether Americans are being displaced against their will, or it's just their nature to roam, an angelic chorus chimes in, adding a touch of sorrow to this wistful, albeit powerful, track. Not as strong is "The Americans." Mellencamp has always been at his best when his music just seems to flow out of him. Conversely, he's at his worst when it seems forced. "The Americans" definitely seems forced, what with it's cliched lyrics and "been-there, done-that" know he's trying to "say" something, but what? Is it a simple, honest statement? Is he being condesending? Is he masking his true feelings? All in all, "The Americans" just doesn't gel the way Mellencamp's best material usually does. Far and away superior is the lovely "Forgiveness," probably the album's strongest cut. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom's Road
Great album--a couple of the tracks seem a little pale in regards to the writing (when compared with Mellencamp's strongest material, say, Human Wheels) but overall this is a great... Read more
Published 6 months ago by mark seeberg
4.0 out of 5 stars The cd Mellencamp fans have been waiting for.
This one rocks grooves and sings just as John Mellencamp did at his best in the 80's and 90's,welcome back Big Daddy.
Published 12 months ago by CUSTOMer
4.0 out of 5 stars Last Song ....
Does Anyone have an issue where the last song 'Heaven is a lonely Place' says it's 10 + minutes but the song is only 3 + minutes and you're left with 7 + minutes of silence ???? Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jacquelyn Langetieg
4.0 out of 5 stars This is His Country Music Album
This can only be described as a country album. It includes some earnest and uncomplicated songs as well as some atmospheric and dark tracks. Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. K.
3.0 out of 5 stars Have to be in a retrospective mood
No doubt John is a great songwriter and can develop masterful tunes, though my taste has evolved some away from his sound of folk or country rock, so not my top choice for an... Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by JON WATSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom's Road is a Rollicking Sojourn!!!
This is the best Album by John Mellancamp and he's had numerous stellar releases no dead tracks here. Read more
Published on September 6, 2011 by J. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Most fresh work ever
You'd have to go back to his first 3 albums to find anything this fresh. I think the work here is expansive, unique, it really has fresh soundscapes, and feels like something new... Read more
Published on November 30, 2010 by J. Dennewitz
3.0 out of 5 stars "I Expected More : Freedom's Road Is Still Under Construction".
John Mellencamp (JM) is jazzy & mellow in this first of three albums in which his music takes a new direction, JM says he is emulating his hero, Woody Guthrie in this album (Yes... Read more
Published on February 21, 2010 by M. Mariba
3.0 out of 5 stars This is our musical country
I never begrudge an artist his or her politics, in fact, I endorse freedom of expression. With "Freedom's Road," John Mellencamp went all the way for the expression, but forgot to... Read more
Published on March 7, 2009 by Tim Brough
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp's best in 10 years
Freedom's Road is virtually a flawless record. The last one Mellencamp did that I would call near perfect was Mr. Happy Go Lucky in 1996. Read more
Published on December 27, 2008 by Maxer
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Freedom's Road is a Disappointment and Mellencamp is a Hypocrite
I agree that he has indeed sold out. It really hit me hard when I found out about the commercial, but I don't think you should dismiss the album because of it. It is an excellent album, one of his best in fact. He stated on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he still thinks it's not a good idea to use... Read More
Feb 2, 2007 by Madeen |  See all 12 posts
Great first single...anyone heard anymore from this album?
Sirius satelite radio has been playing it while interviewing Mellencamp.
I really enjoyed the other tracks and plan on buying the cd on Jan 23rd when it is released.
Jan 18, 2007 by S. Miller |  See all 7 posts
John Cougar, you should be ashamed.
If he didn't put the song in the commercial,nobody would hear it because no radio stations play any new classic rock. So he has no choice. I don't blame him at all. If thats the way he has to get his great song out there, so be it!
Jan 10, 2007 by Robert Levine |  See all 63 posts
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