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Life Death Love & Freedom [Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD]

John MellencampAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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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 (July 15, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: April 15, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, CD+DVD
  • Label: Hear Music
  • ASIN: B0018Q7K4O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2008 release includes Audio DVD. About Life, Death, Love & Freedom was produced by T Bone Burnett (O' Brother Where Art Thou, Robert Plant with Allison Krauss). All songs written by John Mellencamp who has been called 'the poet laureate of the interstate' and he reaches deep into his soul, bringing forth an album of unparalleled maturity powered by a piercing musical vision. This is a special two disc package CD with high quality audio DVD. This is the first-ever release in CODE, a proprietary audio technology that creates high-definition audio files that are virtually indistinguishable from the original master tapes. John Mellencamp has sold 12 million CDs in the SoundScan era alone! He was inducted earlier this year into the Rock'N'Roll Hall Fame and he is a Grammyr Award winner. The album's first single is 'My Sweet Love'. 14 tracks.

After Freedom’s Road, his first album in five years, John Mellencamp made it clear why he had such loyal fans. He’s made a career out of making himself vulnerable, with lyrics that undeniably come from the heart, and aided by his guitar, he generates a mood that’s more Americana melancholy than pop. After a year of being somewhat of a recluse, Mellencamp is back with 14 tracks filled with anguish, pain, resentment, and frustration. In songs like "If I Die Sudden," "Don’t Need This Body," and "Troubled Land," the singer-songwriter seems to be more like the Americana equivalent to Damien Rice rather than Bob Dylan, to whom he’s been compared to before. It’s a disc that, as my friend says, you can listen to while kicking a can and walking the streets. --Ernesto Sánchez (People en Español People en Español)

Después de Freedom’s Road, su primer álbum en cinco años, John Mellencamp dejó en claro porqué tiene un séquito de fans tan leal. Durante su carrera se ha desvivido por mostrar su vulnerabilidad y al mismo tiempo proporcionar confort al escucha con líricas que innegablemente salen de su corazón, y con inseparable guitarra cuyo sonido lo coloca más en el melancólico género americana que en el pop. Un año después de su regreso tras su auto reclusión, Mellencamp vuelve con 14 temas llenos de angustia, dolor, arrepentimiento y enojo. En temas como "If I Die Sudden," "Don’t Need This Body," y "Troubled Land," el cantautor parece ser la respuesta en Americana a Damien Rice más que a Bob Dylan, con quien muchas veces se le llega a comparar. Eso no tiene nada malo, es un disco, como diría un amigo, para "patear latas mientras caminas escuchándolo" a gusto. --Ernesto Sánchez (People en Español People en Español)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars His Best Work in a Decade July 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Here is John Mellencamp in all his American Glory. People who still bank on his stalwart hits like "Jack and Diane" just because it's still in heavy rotation on FM top forty are missing the best of this man's career. Songs like "A Troubled Land" and the beautifully melancholy "A Ride Back Home" are songs for the everyman and everywoman in the United States who are feeling spiritually bankrupt these days. This is truly a CD for the downtrodden, made for hard times, crafted for the helpless and the hopeless. I'm betting this one will go down as one of Mellencamp's masterpieces long after he stops making music. "Life Death Love and Freedom" is proof that there are still great songwriters out there and not all of them have sold their soul to the pop machine.
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68 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love of Life, Love of Freedom July 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Despite its scintillating title John Mellencamp's new LP "Life, Death, Love and Freedom" is one of the quietest records of his career, but its lyrical depth, coupled with rich, intimate simplicity, makes it a formidable one. This is essentially folk music with some exceptions, yet these songs very much pulsate with electricity and character.

Vocals and guitar generally take the forefront, with Mellencamp's sentiments hanging loose in the balance. It's dark, even cryptic, but it's also bold and exciting, especially from a talented songwriter who could simply churn out a dozen radio-friendly southern rockers if he wanted to. Evoking similar themes as heard on last year's warmly received "Freedom Road," Mellencamp sounds as inspired as ever in his comments concerning the state our country is in. He speaks to those frustrated about its current state of affairs and the need for change, yet never lets negativity win.

Many of the songs have already found public exposure such as "Jena," the controversy-arousing response to the by-now infamous controversy that occurred last year in Jena, Louisiana, as well as "If I Die Sudden," a resigned, dignified approach to mortality he has introduced into concert setlists. Frenetic, bouncy lead single "My Sweet Love" injects the otherwise downtrodden album with its near-syrupy sentiments.

"Mean," an understated, nearly spoken-word protest of another's jaded outlook on life, finds Mellencamp wise and observant, but never too cynical to see the silver lining or lose a sense of innocence.

"I'm not following your frame of mind/Complaining about this life all the time/Surely something good here as the world spins by/Could you please stop being so mean?
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars On Death and Dying July 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Okay, for those John Mellencamp listeners that fell in love with his music by purchasing `Uh-Huh', `Scarecrow', `Big Daddy' or `Lonesome Jubilee' at some point in their lives, let me say that you should not purchase "Life, Death, Love and Freedom". With the exception of `My Sweet Love', you will be sorely disappointed. There is very little that is radio friendly. I can only compare it to the reaction from fans of Bruce Springsteen that purchased `Nebraska' thinking it would be another `Born in the USA'. That is the bad news.

The good news is that the lyrical strength of this release is truly impressive. They might represent the best introspective words ever written regarding reflections of a person growing old (`with less days in front of the horse than in the back of the cart') and awareness of one's mortality. That said, "Life, Death, Love and Freedom" is very dark. Few young listeners will appreciate the significance and older listeners may have to hide the gun that they may want to put to their head after a few listens.

Within the past few years, a trend in the recording industry has been to take an established artist and develop material that is stripped down to essential elements (Neil Diamond, Jakob Dylan, Johnny Cash, etc.). Caveat Emptor - that is what you are getting here. With a few exceptions, this is essentially a folk release As such, it will probably find a small audience to appreciate it. That is a shame because it is a very, very good folk CD. You just have to be into that genre. I am, and after fifteen straight listens, it is still in my CD player.

......Now if you'll excuse me I have to go buy some bullets.....
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5.0 out of 5 stars He does it yet again July 22, 2008
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"Life Death Love and Freedom" is yet another strong outing by John Mellencamp. It seems as though some people will not be satisfied with John's music until he goes back to creating formulaic rock gems from when he was in his 20s and 30s. He was clearly a master of creating those types of songs, but he obviously has moved on and is focused more on a hybrid sound of blues, rock, and folk. Is that a good thing? I definitely think so.

Perhaps at some point in the future John will go back to his early days and release a pure rock and roll album, but for now he has released a string of interesting albums that show a personal evolution. Ever since he dropped the Cougar from his name John has been writing thoughtful lyrics with political and social overtones. His music is now blending in with the tone of his lyrics more comfortably now more than ever.

There is not a single weak track on "Life Death Love and Freedom," which is a testament to Mellencamp's ability to write really good songs. His voice sounds as good as ever and the musicianship is superb. It is my hope that John continues to explore the blues and folk sound. He's a versatile musician who can perform a wide variety of musical styles, but the blues and folk genres seem to fit in perfectly with his lyrics and state of mind.

"Life Death Love and Freedom" is one of John's top few albums from his extensive recording career. Keep'em coming John!
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is an album about death, as simple as that ...
... but also about how fearless you can be when you face it. Great, powerful music, this is actually the first Mellencamp album that I listened to from start to finish, and I... Read more
Published 16 days ago by atlantic1
5.0 out of 5 stars Great with 96/24 DVD includet
Great music, and great with a 96/24 DVD included. Wish that will be more common !
Published 1 month ago by Ole Skov Jensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album in the collection
My favorite album of Mellencamp's. Interestingly, no one song on here is my favorite Mellencamp song, but the album itself is the most complete from start to finish. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gregory
3.0 out of 5 stars Twice Unlucky
Purchase this as a replacement for a previous copy of this CD that failed as well. The old one would skip and jump around even though no scratches were noticeable. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark B.
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible prospective and one we can all learn from.
Ok, so I have many friends that remind me about Mellencamp's first albums. I enjoyed them, sang with him on the radio but never felt the depth in my heart that other artists gave... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bernie Griwatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Death Love & Freedom
Just purchased this a short time ago. A little darker and a little more atmospheric than I expected. Overall a beautiful album.
Published 6 months ago by mark seeberg
5.0 out of 5 stars great album
great album, excellent artist, well produced and written songs from a real artist and writer for many years. Recommended always
Published 16 months ago by simon massouras
4.0 out of 5 stars Life: some say it's a circle... I say it's a contradiction
This album is difficult to categorise: it's melancholic. I have found some amazing songs on it, it's all down to personal preferences of course, but I would not part with this 14... Read more
Published 16 months ago by G. K.
3.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp enters a new phase
If you're looking for something like Mellencamp's Uh-huh album, or his brilliant trilogy of Scarecrow, Lonesome Jubilee and Big Daddy, you're probably not going to like this one. Read more
Published 17 months ago by T. McCool
5.0 out of 5 stars John's getting older!
'Life, Death, Love and Freedom' is John Mellencamp's album about the sorrow and pain, along with the joys and sometimes the fun, of getting older. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mike Zobott
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There is no footage, it's the audiofiles (as on the CD) but in a different digital format for a better sound quality. The tracks take more space, therefore they are on a DVD disc.
Jun 16, 2013 by G. K. |  See all 4 posts
Is this the "CODE" release?
Hmm, that package would be interesting with JM. I'll have to keep an eye out for it too. Thanks!
May 29, 2008 by Garance A. Drosehn |  See all 7 posts
Rating a CD - how many complete listens
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