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The Lonesome Jubilee

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By the time this album was released in 1987, Mellencamp was rivaling Bruce Springsteen as America's top male rocker. Following a string of pop hits, Jubilee follows in the folk/rock/Americana sound that he first explored on his previous album Rain On the Scarecrow. Violin and accordion had become the primary harmony instruments, matching the sound of acoustic and electric guitars that filled his earlier work. The hits kept comin' and this album contains an abundance of Mellencamp hits, including "Paper in Fire," "Check It Out," and "Cherry Bomb." But it also contains strong lesser-known material such as the working man's anthem "Hard Times for an Honest Man" and the sing-along chorus of "Rooty Toot Toot." Consistent in both sound and vision, this is one of Mellencamp's best album.

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Sharp song writing

Never afraid to experiment with his music, John took a leap into a different texture of sound and arrangements - very effectively I may add. Great songs 1 to 11. The hits you know, probably every word, so give a listen to the other tracks. Hell, just buy the whole Cd, take a road trip and aquaint or re-aquaint yourself with one of our great troubadours.

Great Album, Great Singer-Songwriter...

Get the album and enjoy a slice of middle American music.

"There Was Always Somethin Doin!"

.."Tell Your Best Buddy That You Love Him!"-Oh; Yeah!-Another Great Populist Singer-Songwriter strolls on into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year! "Little Johnny Cougar"; "John Cougar"; "John Cougar Mellencamp" and; at last; John Mellencamp claims his long overdue place as our own "Heartland Rocker!" (And John & his Band delivered a powerful performance on Awards Night!) Aside from a few singles; "The Lonesome Jubilee" was the first CD I bought by him & We still are digging on it 20 years later! (The whole record is just super; But the Best are: Paper In Fire; Cherry Bomb; Rooty Toot Toot & Hard Times For An Honest Man! {This hard working kid from Indiana and Yours Truly are now both 57 years old; And showing no signs of being "Ready For Retirement!"-"So Check It Out!" Grimmbo.


Born: October 7, 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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