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  • Audio CD (March 29, 2005)
  • Rmst Rpkg ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0007XBMYI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A. Sheets on December 18, 2009
Format: Audio CD
You probably know John Mellencamp as the quintessential heartland rocker who penned such anthems as "Small Town" or "Jack and Diane". Maybe you know him as the tough guy who was a part of a motorcycle gang in the video for "Hurts So Good" or the sensitive balladeer on such tunes as "Your Life As Now". You may even know him as a troubadour who has spent much of his career writing political and topical songs with a strong sense of compassion for the working class.

I know and love all of these facets of Mellencamp and his music, but there is one which is not as well-known: the young rocker looking for his big break. Perhaps the reason this part of his catalog is not as well known is that Mellencamp himself has disowned most of his early work.

But just for a moment, forget that this is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and Grammy-winner who had nearly as many hits in the 1980s as Michael Jackson. Forget that this is one of the best poets living today. Forget it because it's 1979 and you have no idea who John Cougar is. Probably some talentless wannabe teen idol. The name even sounds fake, like Fabian or something. But still you put the record on and hear a young man who has spent the better part of a decade playing in various bar bands and has to this point made three forgettable albums (including one that would not be released in America for another 30 years). Listen to the urgency in the man's voice. There is a strange undercurrent in which you sense that their must be some level of success in this recording or this guy will be back in Seymour, Indiana within a year working for the telephone company again.

Mellencamp would later be called the Midwestern Springsteen and whether or not this was intentional on his part or not, the comparison is a good one.
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I first heard John Mellencamp in late 1979 with his first hit "I Need A Lover". I was immediately taken by the whole album. "John Cougar" is still my favorite Mellencamp album, although I cannot deny that "The Lonesome Jubilee" and "Scarecrow" deserve their acclaim as his best from a critical and commercial standpoint (I would also argue that his album "Cuttin' Heads" deserves to be up there with "Scarecrow"). I heard John remark that this 1979 album was his first real album, and I consider it to be so - despite the earliest fans who enjoy his stuff from the "Johnny Cougar" era. From my first hearing, it was obvious that the Pat Benatar (another debut artist from '79) cover of "I Need A Lover" paled in comparison to the original. My only regret is that there really is no MTV version (that is, quality version) of John's "I Need A Lover" on video (all we have is his grainy live footage). For whatever reason, John chose not to make a version with a quality producer. But John did do videos of several other songs from this album that were competently produced. This album became popular (to the extent that it was) right on the cusp of the new MTV. John made some nice videos from this album, each of them were shown just enough on MTV, plus his hit on the radio, to help make John a nation-wide phenomenon.

Young people today (those that are serious about music) should still have turntables and the ones that do will understand my early decision to begin my cassette tape of this album (cassettes were of course the medium for car audio listening for a generation) with Side 2. It seemed obvious to me (and still does) that the album should kick off with "I Need A Lover". Almost as important, I feel Side 2 is the stronger side. Besides the hit, I love "Sugar Marie" and "Taxi Dancer".
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Just got it today-6/5/2016!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Amazon has everything you coul ever imagine or want!! : o)
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I've been meaning to listen to one of John Mellencamp's earlier albums. I wasn't sure what to expect... some people say his voice wasn't mature yet and it affects the songwriting, others think he didn't quite hit his prime yet. Well I think John Cougar is a pretty solid album in classic Mellencamp fashion which is NOT what I expected.

"Taxi Dancer" is a slow orchestrated piano ballad with guitar lines occasionally coming in that remind me of the tearful ones from his classic "Ain't Even Done With the Night". The chorus is really beautiful and the saxophone, guitar and the female vocals chanting "Hold me close taxi dancer" are used lightly so the focus can be on Mellencamp's voice, which is probably the proper way to do it. I guess if you wanted me to compare this to something as a way to get an idea who it resembles, I'd compare it to some of Bruce Springsteen's balladry stuff. However I like Mellencamp's voice more to be honest. They both scream a bit much at times, but Mellencamp can usually bring us back to melody and feeling whereas Springsteen wanders. Small complaint!

"Sugar Marie" has that rockin' midwest country beat that would later provide the niche enabling Mellencamp to write several hits. "She's the only girl I know that can make me forget about me, come on and dance with me sugar Marie" is a memorable chorus. "Do You Think That's Fair" shows a tons of maturity in Mellencamp's voice. The verse is really good from a singing and melody point of view, and I like the slight hoarse edge in the chorus "Whoa baby do you think that's fair, do we really have to be so lonely and scared?" I like the Jackson Browne-ish synths after (hey they remind me of the ones he used in "The Load-Out").
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