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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0009IW9D4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,048 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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Scarecrow is the most politically charged album of John Cougar Mellencamp's career.
P Magnum
And those aren't even the singles (Lonely Ol' Night, Small Town, R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.), all of which are top notch tunes as well.
John Murray
The truth is that this whole album will get you, it is one of the most emotional albums i have ever listened too.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on June 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
What makes a great album a best album are the songs that penetrate your soul but not the radio charts. The B-siders. Scarecrow songs with the simple grace of "Minutes to Memories" and "Between and Laugh and a Tear" complement the hit melodies that made my high school soundtrack. I bought the vinyl in '85 and the CD in '95 and the songs are never worn, but always fresh and revealing. Like albums such as Van's Moondance, Bruce's Born to Run, or U2's Joshua Tree, Scarecrow is a rock and roll masterpiece. And while JM is still producing great music, Scarecrow is his best to date. It's more than an Amazon essential recording. It's one of rock's truly finest.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michael Zadra on 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Joe on July 20, 2000
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Every reviewer here is right. This is a classic album. The songs on it all keep a flow to the CD that never wears out. When it comes down to key moments on the disc, Mellencamp laid out with such exquisite beauty tracks like Between a Laugh and a Tear, Minutes to Memories,Rain on the Scarecrow, Rumbleseat, and Small Town, that half the album is unforgettable. The rest of the album is good filler, more rock out tunes, some social commentary- Face of the Nation, Justice and Independence, ROCK, Lonely Ol' Night. This album yielded five top 40 hits, there's no question why when you listen to it. John Mellencamp simply sang from his soul honest songs about the people he knew. Instead of the people being junkies from LA, they were regular men and women of the midwest. It still stands a perfect roots-rock album for any time and place.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on October 4, 2003
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The songs and sounds of Scarecrow is a far cry from the braggadocio John Cougar Mellencamp showed in his earlier "Hurt So Good" and rebelliousness in "Authority Song". The harder-edged electric rock sound with pounding riffs yielded five singles and pushed him at his apex in the 80's rock arena, alongside big names like Bruce Springsteen and Prince.
"Rain On The Scarecrow" definitely does indicate that. The Reagan era saw many farms closed down but what makes this song poignant and angry is the destruction of the farmers' morale. It's not just the land that's being taken away, but a man's dignity in feeding a country's people. "There's 97 crosses planted in the courthouse yard/and 97 families who lost 97 farms."
I never got tired of hearing "Small Town", despite the fact I hated the one I lived in. Must've been that catchy guitar and Kenny Aronoff's drums that did it. But in JCM's ode to the small town he grew up in, we learn more about his roots, his parents, his upbringing, and himself, of course. A small town reflects who he is: "Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town/And people let me be just what I want to be." However, I take issue when he self-deprecatingly calls himself a boring romantic. Boring? Hardly!
"Minutes To Memories" is the interraction between an old man and a younger one riding a bus. The old man tells about his life, and his value in certainties. His advice to the young man may be one to us all: "Days turn to minutes/and minutes to memories/Life sweeps away the dreams/That we have planned/You are young and you are the future/So suck it up and tough it out/And be the best you can.
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