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  • Audio CD (May 24, 2005)
  • Rmst Rpkg ed. edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B0009IW9DE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 26, 2005
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John Mellencamp is often called a poor man's Bruce Springsteen. In many ways he is, and that is not such a bad thing to be. Like the Boss, Mr. Mellencamp sings about personal experiences and tells tales of people struggling to get ahead in the world. Where Mr. Springsteen sings about Jersey & the East Coast, Mr. Mellencamp sings about his region of the country, Indiana & the Midwest. The Lonesome Jubilee is my favorite Mellencamp album and he expands on the musical stylings of his previous release, Scarecrow. He employs fiddles, accordians and mandolins to give the album a rustic, midwestern feel. "Paper In Fire" opens the album with a bang and then slides into "Down & Out In Paradise" which is a critical rocker about the state of the nation. "Cherry Bomb" is a great song about days gone by and is his "Glory Days". Like "Down & Out", the album makes many political statements with songs like "We Are The People", "Empty Hands", "Hard Times For An Honest Man" and "Hotdogs & Hamburgers". After the political heaviness, he closes the album out with the silly and fun "Rooty Toot Toot". John Mellencamp always has alot to say and on this album, he speaks from the heart and it makes for great music. The bonus track is a strong number, "Blues From A Front Porch", but it would have een nice if they include the b-sides from the album's singles, the live version of "Check It Out", "Never To Old" (b-side of "Paper In Fire") and "Shama Lama Ding Dong" (b-side of "Cherry Bomb").
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The Lonesome Jubilee remastered edition is a great album made even better! If you have the original release of this cd I highly recomend that you buy this one, as well. Even if you are just a casual John Mellencamp fan you will love it!

The other reviewers do an excellent job of describing Lonesome Jubilee, so there is no reason for me to be redundant.

However, I disagree with the other reviewers (and most rock critics) who feel that John Mellencamp is a poor-man's Bruce Springsteen. John Mellencamp is not a poor man's anything or anybody.

The two main arguments behind the new Springsteen tag are the fact that Mellencamp sings about his region and writes introspective songs. The Beach Boys wrote about their region and John Lennon wrote introspectively. I don't hear or see any mention of those two facts in regards to Springsteen.

I have been a Springsteen fan since the mid-70s and I have always enjoyed his music very much. His music is a big part of the sound track of my high school and college days. However, I feel Mellencamp's music and song writing is even better than that of the BOSS. When Mellencamp released the Scarecrow album people were saying that he was just copying Springsteen's Born In The USA theme. I was always quick to point out that the song Pink Houses came out before Born In The USA did. I guess what I'm trying to say is that Mellencamp is Mellencamp!
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By kingomusic on February 6, 2012
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I am very partial to this CD, I think from start to finish it's the best CD John Mellencamp has recorded to date. I didn't care that much for the added track at the end, I didn't think it added anything at all to the other songs. This is a great example of pure music by a grass-roots artist like John Mellencamp is. Not much if any additional instrumentation or background music was added, it sounds like the group simply went to a practice or recording location, plugged in, turned on the recording machine, and let go. This is not only some of the best lyrics he has ever penned, the basic instrumentation fits it to a "T." I always eagerly await any new release and buy them, but my two favorites are Scarecrow, and this one. The added depth of the music and clarity of the vocals are really nice. If you like John, and don't have this remastered copy, get it. Totally worthy of the 5 stars I gave it.
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"The Lonesome Jubilee" is the third Mellencamp masterpiece in a row. And here it is, in an exquisitely remastered CD.

From the Stones-y squall of "Uh-Huh" to the Springsteen sweep of "Scarecrow", we now have an album that can only be 'qualified' as "Mellencamp."

His artistic growth here reflects his absorbed influences and then expands them. There are new instruments, new textures, new tempos. His lyrics are more expressive, more vivid and more concise. There is a fearlessness to his recording...a confidence beyond his previously problematic braggadocio.

In simpler terms, this album rocks. It's awesome.

Opening with the thrilling guitar-lap steel-fiddle-accordion-God know what else "hook" from "Paper in Fire", Mellencamp sets the stage for the unexpected. When his beloved drummer Kenny Aronoff kicks in, a smile will spread across your face. You instinctively will recognize his "sound", but also realize he doing more with it than he ever has before.

The angular "Down and Out in Paradise", with it's off-kilter push-pull rhythms, follows. This is one of those first person narratives with a terrific sense of immediacy...and "Check It Out" has a nice gentle, anthemic quality to it. I love the soaring fiddle-led hook, and so must have a lot of folks, as it's now one of his more-recognized songs.

"The Real Life" is a bit weaker melodically, but the band sounds tight and amazing. Every piece in its' place. "Cherry Bomb" has a soothing, friendly tone with terrific duet-like backup vocals and again, that lilting fiddle dancing above the whole song. Plus that accordion hook...it was an instant classic, and deservedly so.

"We Are The People" is where he falters a bit...a little too heavy-handed compared to the rest of the album.
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