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On The Rural Route 7609

by John Mellencamp

On The Rural Route 7609 by John Mellencamp

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On The Rural Route 7609

by John Mellencamp

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Label: Island Mercury
Mellencamp's ambitious retrospective spreads 54 tracks over four thematically arranged discs, emphasizing his serious-folkie middle age over his heartland hook-maker youth. Two pre-stardom songs are represented in acoustic renditions, and Disc One ends showing how "Jack And Diane" evolved from a demo called "Jenny At 16." Several other hits -- including 2001's seeming Nelly rewrite "Peaceful World" -- show up in previously unheard versions. Guests include Joanne Woodward and Cornel West. So no, not your usual rehash. But his more free-wheeling Cougar-era obscurities deserve their own anthology.

About This Album

Mellencamp's ambitious retrospective spreads 54 tracks over four thematically arranged discs, emphasizing his serious-folkie middle age over his heartland hook-maker youth. Two pre-stardom songs are represented in acoustic renditions, and Disc One ends showing how "Jack And Diane" evolved from a demo called "Jenny At 16." Several other hits -- including 2001's seeming Nelly rewrite "Peaceful World" -- show up in previously unheard versions. Guests include Joanne Woodward and Cornel West. So no, not your usual rehash. But his more free-wheeling Cougar-era obscurities deserve their own anthology.

Tracks

Disc 1

Disc 2

Disc 3

Disc 4

About This Album

Mellencamp's ambitious retrospective spreads 54 tracks over four thematically arranged discs, emphasizing his serious-folkie middle age over his heartland hook-maker youth. Two pre-stardom songs are represented in acoustic renditions, and Disc One ends showing how "Jack And Diane" evolved from a demo called "Jenny At 16." Several other hits -- including 2001's seeming Nelly rewrite "Peaceful World" -- show up in previously unheard versions. Guests include Joanne Woodward and Cornel West. So no, not your usual rehash. But his more free-wheeling Cougar-era obscurities deserve their own anthology.