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John Cougar

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Each Definitive Remaster will feature newly remastered sound, a rare or previously unreleased bonus track and upgraded packaging. Island Def Jam. 2005.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. A Little Night Dancin'
  2. Small Paradise
  3. Miami
  4. Great Mid-West
  5. Do You Think That's Fair
  6. I Need A Lover
  7. Welcome To Chinatown
  8. Sugar Marie
  9. Pray For Me
  10. Taxi Dancer


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001F57
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,390 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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some of the finest music from the 80s is right here in a nice little package. not much filler here. being from the midwest, and indiana indeed, this speaks to the soul.......you can actually relate to the lyrics. and judging from record sales, the rest of the country agrees. plenty of emotional roller-coaster fun. the band takes you to the highest highs to some very sad, lonely lows. mellencamp is a true song crafter , and mike wanchic and larry crane are absolutely underrated guitarists. solid musicianship and wonderful lyrics........this is good stuff, folks.
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I saw a revealing interview with "Johnny Cougar" on an Australian TV variety program back in '79/80. After performing "I Need A Lover" - a big hit down under - Cougar was asked about his ambitions.
His reply was unusually honest for commercial TV, saying that he was still trying to "find" his voice and was unsure about his current direction. This album represents where Cougar was at back then, and is a snapshot of a certain time. He would go on to develop and hone his instincts in later releases but this is a fair starting point.
By the way: this album is not his debut - that "honour" belongs to John's 1976 album "Chestnut Street Incident", followed by "The Kid Inside".
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"John Cougar" was John Mellencamp's third record, although it was his first major label release and yielded his breakthrough hit. I first became aware of John Mellencamp in 1982 when I was 12 and he released "American Fool," which included the huge hits "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane." I purchased this CD about a year ago, mostly for "I Need a Lover," which I occasionally heard on classic rock stations. I wasn't very impressed. At first listen, the CD sounded too slick and a long way from the roots rocker Mellencamp would eventually become. However, after giving it a second chance and several more listens, I've come to like "John Cougar" quite a bit. It's clearly not as good as his later music, but the promise he would later show is here.

"I Need a Lover" is one of the best songs here, and became his first hit, peaking at #28 on the Top 100 in 1979. I love the extended piano and guitar introduction; Mellencamp's vocals don't kick in until the 2:30 mark. Another highlight is the hard-rocking "Miami." The chorus is arresting, replete with handclaps similar to "Jack of Diane." In addition, the instrumentation is interesting and reminds me a bit of his later song "Key West Intermezzo."

"Great Mid-West" is another interesting song, as it really shows the direction he'd eventually move - chronicling the lives of people who live a simple life in the heartland. The opening couplet is fantastic - "Everything is slower here/ everybody's got a union card." The music for the song, though, doesn't quite jell, especially the heavy-metal style guitar licks. Indeed the major drawback of the CD is the slickness that creeps in here and there. Clearly, Mellencamp's label wanted him to be a vapid rock idol. However, Mellencamp's writing skills help keep the CD on track, and the highlights definitely cover the rough patches. Overall, although not as skillful as Mellencamp's later CDs, "John Cougar" is worthwhile.
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I bought this album years after it was released, I was too young in 1979, but when I discovered John Cougar Mellencamp in the mid-eighties, I started to buy his previous albums as well as everything else he has released since. Out of his 21 studio albums to date, this is my 4th favourite, the top 3 dating from 1991, 1987 and 1998, so as you can see I like all eras or styles.
Yes, the album John Cougar has a strong late-seventies sound; what's wrong with that? I like so many tracks on it, some I love, especially `Sugar Marie' **** and `A Little Night Dancin' ***(*) These you can indeed dance to, they are cheeky numbers lyrically but remain adorable musically. Dare I say, the beginning of Sugar Marie, makes me think of some good Neil Young? and 'A Little Night Dancin' is reminicent of 1974 'Los Angelinos' by Billy Joel. `Small Paradise' *** starts with some keyboards and some nearly-flamenco guitar, then the drums wake you up and the electric guitar has a say, but there is something touching in the lyrics behind the naughtiness (it's the way, he says "Alright then, hold me tight and kiss me"!) It's perfect to dance and kiss to (trust me). Another track to smooch to, while slow dancing is `Taxi Dancer' **(*) a re-worked version from the 1977 album A Biography (not released in the US). In '77, JM's voice sounded very young, two years later it is huskier and makes the tale more believable. The 1st version was slower with a hesitating sax, in fact, a sort of acoustic version of this 1979 version, which I think is very good with sweeping piano (think Billy Joel), violins and sax (think Clarence Clemons), female backing vocalists going woooo... it's nearly 5 min long, I guess the single was shorter than that. `Do You Think It's Fair' **(*) is charming, though the keyboard bridge might make you cringe.
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excellent quality. I am very pleased with this purchase. I am always happy with my cd purchases
from Amazon. This cd has a great version of the song "Small Paradise" which is why I purchased
it But as always I can & do listen to the entire CD when i play it.
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