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This first-ever Mellencamp retrospective contains his first hit, 1979's I Need a Lover ; his huge singles Jack and Diane; Hurts So Good; R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.; Pink Houses , and more, plus a brand-new song, Without Expression . 16 tracks in all.
The Best That I Could Do collects the singles that led John Mellencamp into the radio/jukebox pantheon he celebrated in "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." and "Cherry Bomb." While albums such as American Fool, Uh Huh, and Scarecrow held Top 10 spots for months, their spinoff hits made this Hoosier disciple of Jagger, J.B., and Iggy into something like a Reagan-era John Fogerty: not only were "Pink Houses," "Paper in Fire," and "Crumblin' Down" wise (and wiseacre) dispatches from an America where it wasn't always morning, they could fill a dance floor and get you pounding the dashboard on the way home. --Rickey Wright
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language: : English
- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.63 x 0.47 inches; 3.1 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Mercury Records
- Item model number : 2321987
- Original Release Date : 1997
- Date First Available : December 7, 2006
- Label : Mercury Records
- ASIN : B000001EYI
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,686 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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The ability to fill a Greatest Hits album with winners from start to finish, for one.
I'm sorry to say, then, that according to this criterion, John Mellencamp comes up short, if this mp3 collection is any indication.
I count nine great songs on this album -- the hits everyone knows, from "Pink Houses" to "Small Town."
That leaves five other songs here that are just -- meh. In fact, for me, the album really ends after "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."
So in the final reckoning, Mellencamp is no John Fogerty or Tom Petty.
But if you're a Mellencamp fan, less than ten dollars for this collection is probably a price you're happy to pay. And fans of great rock drumming will certainly enjoy the ever-imaginative Kenny Aronoff's muscular contributions here.
went to Download Small Town and came across this CD. When I buy songs I look at.how many songs I want on the CD and figure out if it is with buying the eNtire album. most times it is not worth buying the whole album. this CD was WOrth every cent.
and I'm not a huge cougar fan.
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All the first wave of Mellencamp hits are here. From 'Jack and Diane', 'R-O-C-K in the USA' to 'Cherry Bomb', but there are quite a few that you will recognize without necessarily knowing the artist responsible, e.g. 'Pink Houses' or even 'The Authority Song'. Guaranteed to give you something to smile at as you try to sing along, these songs show why Mellencamp is still around today. Enjoy!