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Scarecrow [Original recording remastered]

John MellencampAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Island / Mercury
  • ASIN: B0009IW9D4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,184 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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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rock and roll voyage into the American soul. June 26, 2005
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John Mellencamp's "Scarecrow" is a singular masterpiece. It reveals an artist expanding his ambitions, and creating a work that will live for ages. He is searching for American soul. Not as in "soul music"; as in "the soul."

As other great rock musicians have done, he demonstrates the universality of very specific instances. When he sings about his small town, it's about everybody's small town...even NYC.

He showed us the ability to craft little stories in the confines of a pop song with "Jack & Diane". Here he develops it into a science...his own branch even. Every song is filled with character, images...some even have a plot, surrounded by irresistible melodies and a terrific rock band.

The album opens with the harrowing drums and brittle guitars of "Rain On The Scarecrow", and right away, you get the feeling Mellencamp is out to make a statement. Not only in a socio-political manner, but in an independent, artistic one. He's saying, "Look at me now."

His declaratory tone during that song, hushed comments followed by snarled anger, is the sound of a farmer sitting on his porch, telling you why life ain't that great right now.

And it still feels "right now", as there's an immediacy to this work that you can still feel 20 years later. This album has not aged a bit; I don't think it ever will.

After a guest appearance by his "grandmom", we hear the familiar chords of "Small Town" with John once again visiting territory he explored with "Pink Houses". People in L.A. identify with "Small Town"...which makes no earthly sense at all, but at the same time "feels" completely right.

"Minutes to Memories" is another example of a maturing Mellencamp, more confident in his songwriting skills, and also in his production.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Must Have" Album February 21, 2008
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I bought this on vinyl in 1985 when it first came out and absolutely loved it. When I got my Cd player in 1986 I made a rule that I would buy no more than 2 CD's per week trying to switch my vinyl over to CD. the first CD I bought was Scarecrow. To this day it remains one of my favorites and a definite "Desert Island disc". Every song is either good or great. No filler here except maybe the bonus cut "Kind of Feller I am" which was not on the vinyl disc. From "Rain on the Scarecrow" to "Small Town" to "Minutes to Memories" to "Rumbleseat" this is a "must have" disc for any pop rock fan.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Songs From The Heart June 26, 2005
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Scarecrow is the most politically charged album of John Cougar Mellencamp's career. "Rain On The Scarecrow" is about the plight small farmers face. His compassion for the farmers led him to start Farm Aid with Willie Nelson & Neil Young. "Justice & Independence '85", "Face Of A Nation" & "You Got To Stand For Something" all take a social commentary slant. The album is also ripe with down home tales from Mr. Mellencamp's life. "Small Town" was a huge hit and tells of the little Indiana hometown, "Minutes To Memories" is about an old man he meets on a bus and "Rumbleseat" is about being young and in love. "Lonely 'Ol Night" sounds like it could have been released in 1967. "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." is a tribute to the sounds and groups he grew up with and is a great song. Scarecrow spent half a year in the top ten, spawned three top ten hits and made Mr. Mellencamp the Midwest answer to Bruce Springsteen. The bonus track is an acoustic version of "Small Town" which was the b-side to the album version. It is not quite as effective as the acoustic version of "Pink Houses", but still worth repeated listens.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Mellencamp album May 10, 2010
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This is, by far, my favorite John Mellencamp album. I bought it a little over a year ago because it had R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. on it. I fell in love with it on my first listen. There is not a song on it that I don't like. "Rain on the Scarecrow", "Lonely Ol' Night", "The Kind of Fella I Am", "Rumbleseat", and "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." are great rockers; "Grandma's Theme" is a great intro to "Small Town", which I very much relate to; "The Face of the Nation" is catchy; I wish I knew what "Justice and Independence '85" is trying to say, but it's a good song nonetheless; "Between a Laugh and a Tear" is great for those times I'm feeling down; the other two songs ("Minutes to Memories" and "You've Got to Stand for Somethin'") are supplements to a great album.

I'm very glad I bought this album, and it makes a great CD for the car.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best from John Mellencamp April 19, 2009
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Scarecrow is John Mellencamp's best and arguably the pinnacle of the entire heartland rock genre, with its blend of heartbreak, wisdom, and ultimate triumph. Tracks like "Between a Laugh and a Tear" and "Rumbleseat" capture a bittersweetness lacking in Mellencamp's previous efforts, while "Minutes to Memories" and "The Face of the Nation" exhibit a new-found wisdom. "Small Town," the perfect tribute to his Indiana upbringing, is perhaps Mellencamp's most quintessential single. Where that song romanticizes rural American life, "Rain on the Scarecrow" offers powerful insight to its other side. John Mellencamp has something to say on every cut; even a song like "You've Got to Stand for Somethin'" avoids sounding preachy, if only for its immaculate sound design. That sound owes itself to his requirement that the band listen to a variety of genres, especially old soul music, before making this record. Scarecrow blends the powerful lyrics of future releases like The Lonesome Jubilee with the same rebellious rock of Uh-Huh and American Fool (especially on "The Kinda Fella I Am"). As a result, it showcases John Mellencamp at his creative and commercial peak; if you only have one of his albums, make it Scarecrow. 5 Stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scarecrow - John Cougar Mellencamp
This CD is exactly why john Cougar Mellencamp is a legend. It is an excellent compilation. I enjoyed it very much. I keep it in the car. I can't wait to go driving. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of my Fave's collection
Some of JM's best work is in here. The lyrics are mostly excellent and the music is very catchy. You can already whistle most of the songs on this one.
Published 22 days ago by Michael Van Epps
5.0 out of 5 stars "You've gotta stand for something...or you're gonna faaaaaaall...for...
"Scarecrow" is one of my favorite albums ever!! There is not one bad song on this disc.You can tell John puts his heart into every song that he writes,and the great tunes on here... Read more
Published 3 months ago by SideshowBob
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok more to complete a collection for a time period rather than the...
eh so so pretty ok for cougar just not my or anyones, apparently, favorite artist. but its ok if you like him I suppose
Published 5 months ago by chemosabbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Yea, I Love This One Too
John Mellancamp is an excellent song writer and his Inland Rural Vision is like pure Oxygen to me. This album, plus the one right before it called Uh-Huh are brown dirt... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John Pulliam
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I love his music and I was so happy when I saw him on amazon and got his cd I will always recommend my friends to look on amazon for anything they are looking for
Published 8 months ago by ladybug
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite CD
Great transaction; super fast shipping and the quality of the CD is perfect. Was able to load onto my computer with no problem.
Published 9 months ago by Laura T.
4.0 out of 5 stars Singin' shotgun from that rumbleseat
Scarecrow gave me such a kick, at the time; growing up in Europe I didn't know any of Mellencamp's previous albums, just a couple of tunes. Read more
Published 10 months ago by G. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best !
His style of music and his voice cant be mistaken by anyone.He sings about life,life issues and the world around us.
Published 11 months ago by Jeffrey Urso
5.0 out of 5 stars Reelin in the years.
I bought this album when first released on a cassette tape. I loved it then and I love it even more now . I like to think it has something to do with maturing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Bob R.
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