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John Cougar [Original recording remastered]

John MellencampAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 1979
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0007XBMYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,863 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. Island Def Jam. 2005.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
You probably know John Mellencamp as the quintessential heartland rocker who penned such anthems as "Small Town" or "Jack and Diane". Maybe you know him as the tough guy who was a part of a motorcycle gang in the video for "Hurts So Good" or the sensitive balladeer on such tunes as "Your Life As Now". You may even know him as a troubadour who has spent much of his career writing political and topical songs with a strong sense of compassion for the working class.

I know and love all of these facets of Mellencamp and his music, but there is one which is not as well-known: the young rocker looking for his big break. Perhaps the reason this part of his catalog is not as well known is that Mellencamp himself has disowned most of his early work.

But just for a moment, forget that this is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy-winner who had nearly as many hits in the 1980s as Michael Jackson. Forget that this is one of the best poets living today. Forget it because it's 1979 and you have no idea who John Cougar is. Probably some talentless wannabe teen idol. The name even sounds fake, like Fabian or something. But still you put the record on and hear a young man who has spent the better part of a decade playing in various bar bands and has to this point made three forgettable albums (including one that would not be released in America for another 30 years). Listen to the urgency in the man's voice. There is a strange undercurrent in which you sense that their must be some level of success in this recording or this guy will be back in Seymour, Indiana within a year working for the telephone company again.

Mellencamp would later be called the Midwestern Springsteen and whether or not this was intentional on his part or not, the comparison is a good one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mellencamp, his first and just about his best September 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I first heard John Mellencamp in late 1979 with his first hit "I Need A Lover". I was immediately taken by the whole album. "John Cougar" is still my favorite Mellencamp album, although I cannot deny that "The Lonesome Jubilee" and "Scarecrow" deserve their acclaim as his best from a critical and commercial standpoint (I would also argue that his album "Cuttin' Heads" deserves to be up there with "Scarecrow"). I heard John remark that this 1979 album was his first real album, and I consider it to be so - despite the earliest fans who enjoy his stuff from the "Johnny Cougar" era. From my first hearing, it was obvious that the Pat Benatar (another debut artist from '79) cover of "I Need A Lover" paled in comparison to the original. My only regret is that there really is no MTV version (that is, quality version) of John's "I Need A Lover" on video (all we have is his grainy live footage). For whatever reason, John chose not to make a version with a quality producer. But John did do videos of several other songs from this album that were competently produced. This album became popular (to the extent that it was) right on the cusp of the new MTV. John made some nice videos from this album, each of them were shown just enough on MTV, plus his hit on the radio, to help make John a nation-wide phenomenon.

Young people today (those that are serious about music) should still have turntables and the ones that do will understand my early decision to begin my cassette tape of this album (cassettes were of course the medium for car audio listening for a generation) with Side 2. It seemed obvious to me (and still does) that the album should kick off with "I Need A Lover". Almost as important, I feel Side 2 is the stronger side. Besides the hit, I love "Sugar Marie" and "Taxi Dancer".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cougar Hits One On The First Try October 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
John Cougar Mellencamp hits it out of the park on what is his first real album, aside from a couple of early albums which have, unfortunately, been reissued. Of course, "I Need A Lover" is the best thing here, but many of the other songs are great, too, including "Great Mid-West" and "Do You Think That's Fair." The fact that he believes that the young Australian tourist jailed in Indonesia on drug-smuggling charges was unjustly convicted makes it even more worth going back to the beginning of Mellencamp's career.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Because June 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I just have to rate this 5 stars to counter-act the unfair 2 star rating that another reviewer left. This CD is better than that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars poetry in motion January 3, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I was in a record store, remember them , in 1979 and they were playing this album in the store and I was drawn in. This is the best Cougar-Mellencamp album he has ever done. Every song strong,passionate and literate. I need a lover was the hit but others are as good if not better. Pray for Me, Living in Miami, Taxi Dancer, Chinatown,Night Dancing and Small Paradise. Listen to the lyrics to Pray for Me with references to God, Moses, shakespere,cain and able, and punch and judy,it does not get any better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wild American Cat and A Lot of Night Dancin' June 16, 2013
By G. K.
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album years after it was released, I was too young in 1979, but when I discovered John Cougar Mellencamp in the mid-eighties, I started to buy his previous albums as well as everything else he has released since. Out of his 21 studio albums to date, this is my 4th favourite, the top 3 dating from 1991, 1987 and 1998, so as you can see I like all eras or styles.
Yes, the album John Cougar has a strong late-seventies sound; what's wrong with that? I like so many tracks on it, some I love, especially `Sugar Marie' **** and `A Little Night Dancin' ***(*) These you can indeed dance to, they are cheeky numbers lyrically but remain adorable musically. Dare I say, the beginning of Sugar Marie, makes me think of some good Neil Young? `Small Paradise' *** starts with some keyboards and some nearly-flamenco guitar, then the drums wake you up and the electric guitar has a say, but there is something touching in the lyrics behind the naughtiness (it's the way, he says "Alright then, hold me tight and kiss me"!) It's perfect to dance and kiss to (trust me). Another track to smooch to, while slow dancing is `Taxi Dancer' **(*) a re-worked version from the 1977 album A Biography (not released in the US). In '77, JM's voice sounded very young, two years later it is huskier and makes the tale more believable. The 1st version was slower with a hesitating sax, in fact, a sort of acoustic version of this 1979 version, which I think is very good with sweeping piano (think Billy Joel), violins and sax (think Clarence Clemons), female backing vocalists going woooo... it's nearly 5 min long, I guess the single was shorter than that. `Do You Think It's Fair' **(*) is charming, though the keyboard bridge might make you cringe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good
Anything by John Cougar is gonna be a good tune. He is the best at what he does. Good album.
Published 17 months ago by Glen Arnold
5.0 out of 5 stars John Cougar
The CD was in excellent quality. The music is great. It's John Mellencamp starting to sing about his midwestern roots. Under-rated album
Published 23 months ago by Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars John's Best Album
This is John's first and best album. Every song is a classic. But then his next several albums followed suit. Each has a distinct style as he developed over the years. Read more
Published on December 7, 2010 by jamin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I listened to this album from start to finish and liked every song on it. I must say I was surprised. Read more
Published on July 11, 2010 by Kari Stanich
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
The cd is what I expected and recieved in just a few days. This was a good experience and would order from them again.
Published on October 21, 2008 by cmd
4.0 out of 5 stars Get The Facts Straight
Someone in the very same review called this his SECOND album AND his DEBUT. Huh?

4th album.

And it ain't half bad.
Published on March 28, 2008 by Zoooma
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Rockin Album.. not so much a Pop Album
If you like less commercial, less pop oriented rock, then get this album. This is my favorite John Cougar album for this reason. Read more
Published on January 16, 2008 by Health Crusader
4.0 out of 5 stars Just Rocks
This "album" has always drawn me in. Its so american and down to earth. Its just raw rock and roll that I related to then and still do.
Published on July 7, 2006 by T. A. West
5.0 out of 5 stars Gimmee a break, please.
I completely agree with the reviewer who felt it necessary to rate 5 stars to *counter act* the "Dr. MO" <---(?) person who thought it only deserves 2 sorry stars. Read more
Published on February 28, 2006 by Jeni Rein
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