On The Rural Route 7609 (Special Edition) (4 Disc Box Set)

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On The Rural Route 7609 (Special Edition) (4 Disc Box Set)

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On The Rural Route 7609 (Special Edition) (4 Disc Box Set)

Only John Mellencamp, whose career began with a series of wrong turns, raw determination, and the audaciousness to demand he be taken seriously could create a box set as strange, representative, and labyrinthine as On the Rural Route 7609. In the era of the "track, Mellencamp has issued a massive, beautifully packaged, and exhaustively annotated four-disc career retrospective that doesn't lean on his hits (many aren't here), but rather on more obscure album cuts, outtakes, rarities (17 selections make their debuts here), and more recent material -- numerous selections come from 2007's Freedom's Road and 2008's Life Love Death and Freedom. In Anthony DeCurtis' excellent liner essay/interview, Mellencamp claims he isn't "trying to prove anything. . . it was a way for them to discover songs of mine that perhaps were overlooked because of the songs that were so popular on the radio. Given his choice of material, he may not feel that his career-long demand has been met yet. The address in the title of On the Rural Route 7609 denotes his recording span: 1976-2009, to date. The box isn't structured chronologically, but as four free standing albums, each with its own flavor and themes. In the hardbound book-like package, Mellencamp's and DeCurtis' comments illustrate each track. Disc one opens with "Longest Days. Like many of its songs, it deals with death; in this case, his grandmother's. She makes her own ghostly appearance, singing on the next track! "Rural Route is next up, a song signifying another side of "Small Town America (the song isn't here), where the "air stinks of crystal meth, as it relates a tale of murder and rape. (It's a helluva way to open a box set.) Throughout -- in "Jackie Brown, an alternate "Rain on the Scarecrow, two versions of "Jim Crow (one read by Cornell West) -- Mellencamp reveals American darkness and violence, followed by Mellencamp's themes of personal accountability and consequence -- "Big Daddy of Them All, an alternate "Deep Blue Heart with Trisha Yearwood, "Forgiveness, and "Don't Need This Body." It closes with the burden of nostalgia for simpler times: an early tape of "Jenny at 16, the model for "Jack and Diane, is followed by the writing demo for the song and the album version. Disc two begins with Joanne Woodward reading the lyrics to "The Real Life, and ends with the ironic "Pink Houses. This disc is about the conflicting perceptions of America's inhabitants; about what it actually is as its national consciousness changes: a writing demo for "Authority Song, "The Full Catastrophe" (written for Johnny Cash), "To Washington, the demo of "Our Country, and "Rodeo Clown underscore this. Disc three reflects Mellencamp's personal side with an acoustic Void in My Heart and "Sugar Marie (redone), a demo for "Cherry Bomb, a remixed "L.U.V., the single version of "When Jesus Left America, "Thank You from a 2004 hits collection, and a new cut, "Some Day the Rains Will Fall. Disc four concerns itself with memory, regret, acceptance, and the fleeting nature of life. Among its rarities are his version of "Colored Lights (written for the Blasters), a demo for "Peaceful World, an acoustic "To M.G. (Wherever She May Be), and an alternate, scarier "Rural Route. Musically, there are no missteps; for all its winding paths and circles within circles, On Rural Route 7609 makes its case and perhaps sets a new standard for career retrospectives. Mellencamp is undoubtedly among

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Record Label: CD
Brand: Anderson
Digital Video Formats: CD
Performer: John Mellencamp
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 0.93 x 4.25 x 5.25 IN
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1. Longest Days
2. Grandma's Theme
3. Rural Route
4. Jackie Brown
5. Rain On The Scarecrow
6. Jim Crow - Featuring Cornell West
7. Jim Crow
8. Big Daddy Of Them All
9. Deep Blue Heart
10. Forgiveness
11. Don't Need This Body
12. Jenny At 16
13. Jack And Diane (Demo Version)
14. Jack And Diane
15. The Real Life
16. Ghost Towns Along The Highway
17. The Full Catastrophe
18. Authority Song (Demo Version)
19. Troubled Land
20. To Washington
21. Our Country
22. Country Gentlemen
23. Freedom's Road
24. Mr Bellow
25. Rodeo Clown
26. Love And Happiness
27. Pink Houses
28. If I Die Sudden
29. Someday
30. Between A Laugh And A Tear
31. Void In My Heart
32. Death Letter
33. Sugar Marie
34. Theo And Weird Henry
35. When Jesus Left Birmingham
36. L.U.V.
37. Thank You
38. Women Seem
39. The World Don't Bother Me None
40. Cherry Bomb (Demo Version)
41. Someday The Rain Will Fall
42. A Ride Back Home
43. My Aeroplane
44. Colored Lights
45. Just Like You
46. Young Without Lovers
47. To M.G. (Wherever She May Be)
48. Sweet Evening Breeze
49. What If I Came Knocking
50. Country Fair
51. Peaceful World
52. Your Life Is Now
53. For The Children
54. Rural Route
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The 4 disc boxed set was very good. Worth it's price.

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