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On the Rural Route 7609 [Special Edition / 4 CDs] Box set, Special Edition


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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 (June 15, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: June 15, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Special Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B002GYHIWG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Longest Days
2. Grandma's Theme
3. Rural Route
4. Jackie Brown
5. Rain On The Scarecrow
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Real Life with Joanne Woodward **
2. Ghost Towns Along The Highway
3. The Full Catastrophe
4. Authority Song (writing demo) *
5. Troubled Land
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. If I Die Sudden (live)
2. Someday
3. Between A Laugh And A Tear
4. Void In My Heart *
5. Death Letter
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. My Aeroplane
2. Colored Lights *
3. Just Like You
4. Young Without Lvoers
5. To M.G. (Wherever She May Be) *
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

2010 four CD anthology from one of America's premier singer/songwriters. This career retrospective spans the years 1976-2009 and focuses on the artwork, lyrics, and craft of Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer. The box set is presented as a beautiful 72 page hardbound book with a hand-sewn chipboard cover. All tracks were hand picked and sequenced by John himself. Universal.

Customer Reviews

I had seen this set previously and was waiting for a deal to be able to purchase it.
Mitch1982
There is mostly just demo versions of some of his great songs,album cuts and some other stuff on here thats really not all that important.
SideshowBob
One thing I love about Jon Mellencamp is that he is not pretentious about his torment.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Mariba on June 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When John Mellencamp first announced this project on his official website in 2009, the impression I got was that John Mellencanp had many unreleased songs (thought he had more than 17 songs for a 4 CD box set!) that were overlooked (against the hits) in previous album releases [15 December 2009, year-end conversation with John Mellencamp, official website]. This to me was reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen's 1998 release "The Tracks" (4 CD Box Set), where previously unreleased songs predominated. However, "On The Rural Route 7609" has 37 mainly acoustic/demo versions of previously released songs and only 17 (new) previously unreleased songs. The predominent acoustic/demo versions of songs on this 4 CD/BOOK box set however fits very well with John Mellencamp's two previous mellow releases "Freedom's Road" (2007) & "Life Death Love & Freedom" (2008). I also see that John Mellencamp is releasing a new studio album "No Better Than This" on 17 August 2010, may be another reason why only 17 new songs are on the this box set! If you like John Mellencamp's music you will like/enjoy this release "On The Rural Route 7609". The book is a 72 page filled delight with dozens of rare photos of John Mellencamp & the band, lyrics & track by track commentary by John Mellencamp himself. The box set is however too pricey for the product released (as compared to other similar releases on Amazon and elsewhere), would have been justified perhaps if it was predominantly new songs. "On The Rural Route 7609" a 4 CD/BOOK box set thus deserves 3,5 stars!
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47 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Mitzi2013 on June 16, 2010
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I love John Mellencamp and I love the music on this Box Set. I own every Mellencamp Album from Scarecrow onward including his hits collections. What disgusts me on this item is that there is not even 4 hours of music spread across 4 cd's. That is horrible considering the amount of remixed and live material that is out there. I mean really $80.00??? And that is the sale price. They/he should have issued TWO versions...One for those who just want the music for around $40.00 and one that is more expensive for the hardcore fan.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Thomsen on August 1, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Reading many of these "reviews" I get this impression: "With hard-core fans like these who needs enemies?"
I'm not a hard-core fan, but I can tell that this was obviously a labor of love for John Mellencamp. This release is not about which songs were included, and which songs that weren't. This is not a traditional retrospective, and it was never meant to be. It is, however, a wonderful selection of Mellencamp's body of work, an excellent alternative approach to a more traditional box set, and the packaging is simply beautiful. I wouldn't want to be without it, and I highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam on September 11, 2010
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With the phenomenal On The Rural Route 7609, Mellencamp gives us his songwriter's collection rather than his greatest hits collection (although a few hits do show up). Here he focused on using his craft to create a rural landscape in your mind's eye and the feel of a simple life in your heart. The music is roots rock at its finest with many of the songs being stripped back to demos or re-recorded solo acoustic versions.

If you want a vacation for $29, do this: buy On the Rural Route 7609, play it through your headphones, and relax for a 3 hour and 19 minutes trip through rural America. This box set is the true "best of Mellencamp" and makes it very clear how he earned his place in the Hall of Fame.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan Lyon on January 21, 2012
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Folks, if you are a real John Mellencamp fan this is the set for you. I've purchased some of his other compilation CD's and been disappointed by the song selection and staleness of some of the hit material from the "Cougar" days. These songs are deep and sometimes dark and not always so pretty, but isn't the real life sometimes that way? The demos alone are worth the price and my new favorite song ever is "Jenny At Sixteen" which is a very raw demo for "Jack and Diane" with some strange twists on the famous lyrics we've all come to know and love. The bonuses are never ending and include a song by song break down of each song by the artist himself. This is the best musical purchase I've ever made short of a mammoth pair of Omega speakers purchased the year American Fool was released. Buy this set!! Preview some songs here at dansbikerides.com, click on Radio show and listen to the shows dated 2-17 and 2-24.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful By katmandu on June 16, 2010
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I have the majority of Mellencamp's CDs. This is a nice collection. The pricing is odd, a disappointment in this era of dying CD sales. Rain on the Scarecrow. By contrast, Tom Petty's recent live archives 4 CD set was a great collection also, and priced at $20 something -- and so available to most.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Bottino on June 22, 2010
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This box set was supposedly created to appeal to people who've only heard Mellencamp's hits....and that's what John himself said. I cannot understand why somebody who just enjoys "Jack and Diane" or "Pink Houses" or "Hurts So Good" would lay out $80 for this. If you want a better picture of JM...buy all the cds...heck, buy 'em used...that would cost about $40 total and you'd have a complete picture of the music of Mellencamp. This box set should have had live cuts, rarities and a dvd...and then maybe I would pay $40-50 for it...but not $80. The main mistake here is "marketing"...people who have all of the other stuff that an artist has done DO pay for things they don't have...but there's nothing like that here.
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I own most every cd John Mellencamp has ever made...and what can I say, there's just not enough here, lavish book, photos or not. The price isn't right. Take a look at Tom Petty (The Live Anthology 2009) for how it's done: 4 discs of killer live music...most of it never released, for about $25.... Read More
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