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Human Wheels [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

John MellencampAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 28, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000A0EMHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Definitive Remaster of Human Wheels will feature newly remastered sound, and upgraded packaging.Remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering utilizing the original master tapes.Packaging will feature lyrics and complete artwork. Also included is the bonus track 'When Jesus Left Birmingham' (Featuring Sounds Of Blackness). Def Jam. 2005.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rolling On July 28, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After the hard edge of Whenever We Wanted, Human Wheels find John Mellencamp again quieting things down. Though you could draw a comparison to Big Daddy, it would be through the softer nature of the album, not the lyrical content. The theme that runs through Human Wheels is about relationships and their growth. The title track is an instant classic. "What If I Came Knocking", "When Jesus Left Birmingham", "Junior" and "Suzanne & The Jewels" are all first rate John Mellencamp songs. Human Wheels finds John Mellencamp realizing that he is no longer a kid, but an adult and the songs are the most mature of his career.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp rediscovered! January 10, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For me Human Wheels represents a rediscovery of John Mellencamp. Back in the 1980's, when I was a teenager, John (Cougar) Mellencamp was one of my favorite artists. Two of his albums back then, Scarecrow and The Lonesome Jubilee, were among the most frequent plays in my cassette player. For some reason, since the late 80's I haven't paid much attention to Mellencamp, and I lost track of his music.
I recently bought Human Wheels out of curiosity, remembering how much I liked Mellecamp back in the 80's. This album reminds me why I enjoy John Mellencamp's music so much: the man is unequivocally an excellent songwriter. As demonstrated on this album, Mellencamp writes melodic, infectious hooks with compelling vocal and instrumental arrangements. His songs range from the silly to the serious, from the cynical to the celebratory. I thoroughly enjoy EVERY song on this disc! This album was a great discovery, and now I'm really looking forward to getting updated on all the music Mellencamp made between 1987 and today.
If you've liked Mellencamp's music in the past, or if you like rootsy rock and roll with some groove and pizzazz, then I would recommend this album. It's great!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some serious fun from Indiana August 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
12 years on, this album continues to entertain and move me. Most of the Mellencamp songs I like in his catalog are interspersed through the years. However this album is a concentrated dose of songs that grab me through great songwriting, vocal performances, the drums and percussion of Kenny Aronoff, the sound of the band, and the (sometimes implied) revealing of human hopes and failings. The characters and points-of-view throughout the album have vulnerability written all over them, in a most beautiful way. Not leaving off the humor and good times that you hear in "French Shoes" and elsewhere. I liked the video for the title track very much too. I've read interviews where Mellencamp states this is one of his favorite works and I strongly agree with him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best album you've never heard. December 13, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Personally, I've always found this, The Lonesome Jubilee, and Mr. Happy Go Lucky, to be Mellencamp's finest albums. A small album, without the big commercial impact of some of his others, yet a musical tour de force that I never tire of listening. A wonderful album of straightforward american rock-n-roll.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! March 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album was my first known introduction to John Mellencamp -- bizarrely from Top 40 radio. I admit that it's odd for a twelve-year-old (my age at the album's release) to have John Mellencamp as the angsty-music of choice, but it's still a helluva lot better -- deeper, more emotional, better written and so forth -- than what a lot of kids that age and even *my* age are listening to these day.
The style seems timeless -- it's unlike that of the other popular home-grown-sounding white rock-stars of the day -- which makes it a fine album both then and now. While _American Fool_ can sound dated, _Human Wheels_ still seems classic over ten years later.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp Rolls On February 7, 2001
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After the hard edge of Whenever We Wanted, Human Wheels find John Mellencamp again quieting things down. Though you could draw a comparison to Big Daddy, it would be through the softer nature of the album, not the lyrical content. The theme that runs through Human Wheels is about relationship and their growth. The title track is an instant classic. "what If I Came Knocking", "When Jesus Left Birmingham", "Junior" and "Suzanne & The Jewels" are all first rate John Mellencamp songs. Human Wheels finds John Mellencamp realizing that he is no longer a kid, but an adult and the songs are the most mature of his career.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp returned to form with this one March 3, 2004
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After the disappointment of Whenever We Wanted I was concerned Mellencamp was all burned out, but I saw this follow-up album going cheap on cassette in '94 so I bought it. Hooray! The good tunes were back, along with meaningful lyrics. JM had threatened back then that this was to be his last album, but he's threatened that several times since then. And thankfully, he stills puts out albums.
The title track is the standout song for me, a sad but beautifully worded poem on the state of the nation. JM also uses vox effects in the last verse. "Beige to Beige" is also a good song, the melody reminding me of earlier Mellencamp. "Case 795 (The Family)" is another sad song, on family abuse and murder. On side two, "Suzanne and the Jewels" stands out. The closing song, "To the River" has an interesting Eastern sound in its intro and the song is a blend of blues and rock.
Mellencamp has written about serious topics before but this whole album seems darker than his other work. Still, it's a good album. It's unfortunate that Human Wheels was not really appreciated by radio and was quickly forgotten when the next big single ("Wild Night") was released from its follow-up, Dance Naked.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Human wheels
Mostly a good CD -Lot of good songs -others ok -some will grow on you . He was experimenting with new sounds.
Published 1 month ago by Edward L Hartnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Human Wheels
My favorite John Mellencamp album. I have listened to this almost daily since I discovered it about a year ago.
Published 3 months ago by mark seeberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Tea drinking and bedpost knocking
Though I score this album high, in fact there are only 3 songs I love on it, with a couple more I would listen to from time to time. Read more
Published 13 months ago by G. K.
4.0 out of 5 stars nice
Good songs on human wheels, nice add to any collection. good drum, violin,lyrics, best when played all songs played through. eric d
Published 16 months ago by eric d
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but....
Good songs, some of his finest. The lyrics are mostly peace, love, kindness and toleration until the end when he mocks someone for their choice of footwear ("French Shoes"). Read more
Published 20 months ago by S. Herrera
2.0 out of 5 stars The Slide Continues
Pretty much after John Mellencamp dropped the "Cougar" from his name things have not been the same. "Big Daddy" and "Whenever We Wanted" were panned big time, and the movie that... Read more
Published on August 26, 2009 by Daniel Hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Human Wheels great song (and album)
Human Wheels is a great song (and brilliant album). One of my favorite of all time and all genre. To me John's optimism offers the belief of great hope for all mankind and... Read more
Published on April 21, 2009 by jm
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any of his other works
This is my favorite of his albums. The songs each have an interesting sound. They flow into each other naturally. The lyrics are deep and vivid, the music soulful. Read more
Published on July 18, 2008 by Kab00m
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of A Great Career
Mellencamp had gone through a significant number of ups and downs in his career to this point. He had worked hard to become a big star and arrived as a pop rock star in the early... Read more
Published on August 14, 2007 by John Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp's Finest Original Album
Mellencamp's finest original album - invest your $$ on this album and it will pay dividends for years to come - you will not be disappointed
Published on February 7, 2007 by J. Martin
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