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Album Review

Island's three-disc John Cougar Mellencamp "box set" consists of the 2005 reissues of Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, and Big Daddy. Though Chronicles is a significantly cheaper way to pick up each album, and it does indeed come in a "box," it features none of the bells and whistles that the term often implies (liner notes, photos, etc.) That said, these are three of Mellencamp's strongest records — though replacing Big Daddy with the superior Uh-Huh would have made the collection more appealing — and there are enough bonus studio and live tracks on the reissues to warrant a repurchase by longtime fans.


Born: October 07, 1951 in Seymour, IN

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Throughout his career, John Mellencamp has had to fight, whether it was for the right to record under his own name or for respect as an artist. Of course, he never made it easy on himself. Mellencamp began his career in the late '70s as a Bruce Springsteen clone called Johnny Cougar. As his career progressed, his music became more distinctive, developing into a Stonesy blend of hard rock and folk-rock. His musical development coincided with his growth in popularity — by the time "Hurts So Good"...
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