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John Mellencamp 1978-2012 is a boxed set collection covering, for the first time, all of the legendary singer/songwriter's principal studio albums. The collection consists of a total of 19 CDs originally released over a recording career that spans 35 years. The set contains a total of 223 tracks and includes such mythic album titles as American Fool, Lonesome Jubilee, Scarecrow, Cuttin' Heads and the more recent Life, Death, Love and Freedom and No Better Than This and the long out of print original soundtrack to the Mellencamp-directed film Falling From Grace. Thirteen of the albums in the collection were RIAA®-certified as Gold, Platinum or Multiplatinum winners while ten of the albums achieved Top Ten status on Billboard's Top 100 Album Chart. The set includes every one of Mellencamp's thirty Billboard Top 100 singles, from 'I Need A Lover' and 'Jack & Diane' to 'Pink Houses' and 'Rain On The Scarecrow,' as well as classics such as 'Paper in Fire,' 'Hurts So Good,' 'Crumblin' Down,' 'Jackie Brown,' 'Small Town,' 'Wild Night,' 'R.O.C.K In The U.S.A.,' 'Our Country' and, quite literally, all the rest. There are bonus tracks concluding twelve of the albums, sourced from the 2005 re-mastered versions of Mellencamp's Mercury releases.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 17, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 19
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • 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: B00FUABH02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By T. Johnson on December 18, 2013
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I've been a fan since late Fall of 1979. "I Need A Lover" was it and I've owned all Mellencamp albums/CDs/Tapes days after their release (except Trouble No More).

I was not impressed with the 2005 releases, except for the availability of A Biography (1978). Most all of the bonus tracks were crap, but at least John got some attention paid to him that was finally due.

I do love the sound of this set. I appreciate the work that was put into these new remasters, but again, much like the 2005 re-issues, the bonus tracks lack in every aspect. Most of us truest die hard fans are looking for "Cold Sweat", "Pretty Ballerina", "Sham Lama Ding Dong", etc. The true treasures would be those b-sides as bonus cuts - especially "Shama Lama Ding Dong" and "Never Too Old" (both from Lonesome Jubilee).

Only the truest die hard (and neurotic) fans would bitch about the lack of John's MainMan material, but I'm forgiving about that here. No one really needs any of those two albums, unless you are looking for historical pieces to add to your Mellencamp collection. But believe me, we'd s*** some major bricks if those were included and jump all over this set in a New York minute. I'd go as high as $200 for those two CDs, A Biography, real B-Sides and Falling From Grace. Absolutely. No questions asked.

However, again, like the 2005 re-issues, there is a bonus release. This time in the form of that long awaited re-issue of Falling From Grace (Larry's "Whiskey burning" has never sounded so good and "Sweet Suzanne" is almost like those b-side treasures we are once again denied). I lost my Falling From Grace CD sometime in the 90's and haven't replaced it. It was nice to finally hear it unlike ever before.
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forget the rather slight packaging and concentrate on musical content. mellencamp's musical growth over the decades is more than impressive and in my humble opinion places him above many considered in the upper echelon of American artists. actually more consistent in his growth than springsteen or dylan in the last ten years with songs that truly stick with you and deceptively simple lyrics. there is a warmth and sincerity to his compositions that draws you into them and them into you. the remastering is good though not necessarily new, and the entire set is inviting and comfortable. highly recommended to fans old and new.
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Check your "John Mellencamp" CD, my plays "Cuttin' Heads". My "Life, Death. Love and Freedom" plays "Life, Death, LIVE and Freedom", the live album, which isn't even offered with this set. I sent UME an email notifying them of the problem. I'm waiting for their reply. In the meantime check your CDs, all of them, to assure you have what you should have. I'll update this posting once I hear back from UME. Peace Out.

UPDATE **** UME sent me the correct replacements saying that they were aware some box sets had my problem but they had thought they had caught all the bad ones before they hit the stores but somehow, at least, one got through. Mine. But now I have a remastered Love, Death, Live and Freedom in my set: 20 discs instead of 19 discs. I came out on top. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.
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Even though, packaging as we know it, is making its swan dive into the back pages of history. J. Mellencamps fans are from the packaging generation that cherishes the artwork and liner notes that graced our albums and to some extent CDs. While Going through the boxed set is an awesome feeling. It's like eating a great dinner with family and friends and no dessert being served. You can't help think, while it was enjoyed, how much better it may have been if it ended on a great note enjoying the company of those you care about the most.
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I have been a Cougar fan since the debut album with Small Paradise, I Need A Lover, Night Dancin', and many other fantastic songs. All 19 of these cd's sound absolutely wonderful and John Cougar, John Mellencamp, or John Cougar Mellencamp, no matter which one you prefer, has had a fantastic career and has done a WIDE VARIETY of Music. After listening to all of these cd's again I go back to my original beliefs: COUGARS FIRST 5 ALBUMS ARE THE GREATEST OF HIS GREAT CAREER. There may be 10 Million fans that disagree, but that will not change my opinion. His early music is more Straight Ahead Rock and AMERICAN FOOL IS HIS GREATEST ALBUM EVER, IMHO!!!!!! I am not saying that albums 6 thru 19 are bad, far from it, they are Fantastic also. I Love all of the Cougar's music, but the first 5 were put out in my teenage years and therefore hold a Very Special Place in my heart and brings back some really great times with some really great friends and it is also SOME REALLY GREAT MUSIC!!!! Something for everybody in this wonderful box of Cougariffic Music!!!!!!!
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By fanboyrg on February 9, 2014
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Simply one of the most thoughtful, down-to-earth singer/songwriters out there. From beginning to end, you will get songs that force one to think about their place in their world and what we can do to make it better. This has everything from pop songs to more stripped-down styles. Wonderful lyrics backed by an incredible band.
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