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Lonesome Jubilee [Original recording remastered]

John MellencampAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B0009IW9DE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,458 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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4.8 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential recording from an artist at his peak July 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
While 1985 seminal SCARECROW remains the signature John Mellencamp album, THE LONESOME JUBILEE, in my opinion, is his greatest musical achievement. Both discs have a lot to say, lyrically speaking. But whereas Scarecrow scored the messages with 60's-influenced rock, Jubilee expands this sound to include more rustic instrumentation. The result is a pleasure to hear, as Mellencamp and his band effortlessly (or so it seems) make every song a keeper. Even potentially heavy-handed material such as "We Are the People" and "Empty Hands" (with one of my favorite lines, "They say people get what they deserve/But Lord, sometimes it's much worse than that") is served up with such conviction that it's hard to fault their earnestness.

Unreleased material (the bonus track) is, of course, always welcome. But as someone has already mentioned, it sure would have been nice to have the b-sides from Jubilee's singles on the disc. Or even John's VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS contribution, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," which was released shortly after this album came out.

But I've still got my treasured 45's, so I can live with it. In any event, if you only get one Mellencamp remastered disc, this is the one.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp's Finest Achievement June 26, 2005
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John Mellencamp is often called a poor man's Bruce Springsteen. In many ways he is, and that is not such a bad thing to be. Like the Boss, Mr. Mellencamp sings about personal experiences and tells tales of people struggling to get ahead in the world. Where Mr. Springsteen sings about Jersey & the East Coast, Mr. Mellencamp sings about his region of the country, Indiana & the Midwest. The Lonesome Jubilee is my favorite Mellencamp album and he expands on the musical stylings of his previous release, Scarecrow. He employs fiddles, accordians and mandolins to give the album a rustic, midwestern feel. "Paper In Fire" opens the album with a bang and then slides into "Down & Out In Paradise" which is a critical rocker about the state of the nation. "Cherry Bomb" is a great song about days gone by and is his "Glory Days". Like "Down & Out", the album makes many political statements with songs like "We Are The People", "Empty Hands", "Hard Times For An Honest Man" and "Hotdogs & Hamburgers". After the political heaviness, he closes the album out with the silly and fun "Rooty Toot Toot". John Mellencamp always has alot to say and on this album, he speaks from the heart and it makes for great music. The bonus track is a strong number, "Blues From A Front Porch", but it would have een nice if they include the b-sides from the album's singles, the live version of "Check It Out", "Never To Old" (b-side of "Paper In Fire") and "Shama Lama Ding Dong" (b-side of "Cherry Bomb").
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another American classic from John Mellencamp. August 4, 2005
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"The Lonesome Jubilee" is the third Mellencamp masterpiece in a row. And here it is, in an exquisitely remastered CD.

From the Stones-y squall of "Uh-Huh" to the Springsteen sweep of "Scarecrow", we now have an album that can only be 'qualified' as "Mellencamp."

His artistic growth here reflects his absorbed influences and then expands them. There are new instruments, new textures, new tempos. His lyrics are more expressive, more vivid and more concise. There is a fearlessness to his recording...a confidence beyond his previously problematic braggadocio.

In simpler terms, this album rocks. It's awesome.

Opening with the thrilling guitar-lap steel-fiddle-accordion-God know what else "hook" from "Paper in Fire", Mellencamp sets the stage for the unexpected. When his beloved drummer Kenny Aronoff kicks in, a smile will spread across your face. You instinctively will recognize his "sound", but also realize he doing more with it than he ever has before.

The angular "Down and Out in Paradise", with it's off-kilter push-pull rhythms, follows. This is one of those first person narratives with a terrific sense of immediacy...and "Check It Out" has a nice gentle, anthemic quality to it. I love the soaring fiddle-led hook, and so must have a lot of folks, as it's now one of his more-recognized songs.

"The Real Life" is a bit weaker melodically, but the band sounds tight and amazing. Every piece in its' place. "Cherry Bomb" has a soothing, friendly tone with terrific duet-like backup vocals and again, that lilting fiddle dancing above the whole song. Plus that accordion hook...it was an instant classic, and deservedly so.

"We Are The People" is where he falters a bit...a little too heavy-handed compared to the rest of the album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp is Mellencamp. September 17, 2005
By Vic
Format:Audio CD
The Lonesome Jubilee remastered edition is a great album made even better! If you have the original release of this cd I highly recomend that you buy this one, as well. Even if you are just a casual John Mellencamp fan you will love it!

The other reviewers do an excellent job of describing Lonesome Jubilee, so there is no reason for me to be redundant.

However, I disagree with the other reviewers (and most rock critics) who feel that John Mellencamp is a poor-man's Bruce Springsteen. John Mellencamp is not a poor man's anything or anybody.

The two main arguments behind the new Springsteen tag are the fact that Mellencamp sings about his region and writes introspective songs. The Beach Boys wrote about their region and John Lennon wrote introspectively. I don't hear or see any mention of those two facts in regards to Springsteen.

I have been a Springsteen fan since the mid-70s and I have always enjoyed his music very much. His music is a big part of the sound track of my high school and college days. However, I feel Mellencamp's music and song writing is even better than that of the BOSS. When Mellencamp released the Scarecrow album people were saying that he was just copying Springsteen's Born In The USA theme. I was always quick to point out that the song Pink Houses came out before Born In The USA did. I guess what I'm trying to say is that Mellencamp is Mellencamp!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mellenheads unite
Mellencamp at his best. Cherry bomb just a sampling of the great music on this offering. Exceptional violin by Lisa Germano.
Published 2 months ago by Craig W. Shurtleff
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Wow! What a classic album this is. I remember first hearing this on cassette way back in 1994 when I was only ten years old,and fell in love with instantly. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SideshowBob
5.0 out of 5 stars God
Liked the old stuff. Has god music not the meaningless rap junk you hear today.
This guy knows music. Love it
Published 9 months ago by Michael D. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Check It Out indeed!
This is my second favourite album by John Mellencamp, who had to keep adding the nickname `Cougar' to his own, since his first manager had forced him to start under the name Johnny... Read more
Published 10 months ago by G. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mellencamp
Great song writing. Great Lyrics. John sings about America. Tells it like it is life is not always all smiles and laughter.
Published 14 months ago by Penguins fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift
This cd along with a few others were purchased for my father who loves John Cougar Mellencamp. He listened to this artist constantly when I was a kid. Read more
Published 15 months ago by SS
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Art of Making Music with Lyrics that Have Depth
I am very familiar with this album, having had the LP when I was a kid in the late 1980's. To my 11 year-old (at that time) ears, I really liked the first two singles, "Paper in... Read more
Published on April 1, 2012 by T. Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Yipee!
I am very partial to this CD, I think from start to finish it's the best CD John Mellencamp has recorded to date. Read more
Published on February 6, 2012 by kingomusic
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
The very first cd of Johns that I purchased and I have loved all of his albums upto the No Better Than This album and albums released before The Lonesome Jubilee,under John... Read more
Published on October 2, 2011 by R. Tims
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock Jubilee!!
I own this album since 1990, I can say this for sure because I perfectly remember the day that I bought it. Read more
Published on November 24, 2010 by Jazzcat
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