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American Fool [Original recording remastered]

John Cougar Mellencamp Audio CD
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Each Definitive Remaster will feature newly remastered sound, a rare or previously unreleased bonus track and upgraded packaging. Island Def Jam. 2005.

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Originally released in 1982.

Features newly remastered sound and upgraded packaging which includes lyrics and complete artwork.

Bonus track is the previously unreleased "American Fool".


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5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning... July 31 2009
Format:Audio CD
This was John's breakout album, and it's pretty obvious why. Jack and Diane, Hurts So Good are just a couple of the huge hits on this record. It's not as perfect a listen as "Scarecrow," but it's still mighty good. He always had that Mellencamp swagger, and this was the album that it was met with incredible songs. A classic, obviously.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fool's So Good June 26 2005
By Thomas Magnum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
American Fool was John Cougar's major breakthrough. The album was buoyed by two major hits "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane". The former has a heavy guitar riff that sounds like a motorcycle revving up and it S&M stylings perfectly fit the leather clad rebel rocker image he had at the time. The former has an equally memorable guitar riff, but the song is a reminiscence about days gone by and dealing with growing up. "Hurts So Good" went to number two and "Jack & Diane" became his only number one single and both songs ended up among the ten biggest of 1982. The rest of the album contains some equally pleasing tracks like "Thundering Hearts", "China Girl", "Danger List" and "Hand To Hold On To". The album also went to number one and so far is the only one of his to do so.

The bonus track on this album is the would be title track and it should have been included on the original release.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two era-defining singles, magnificently remastered! June 7 2005
By M J Heilbron Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
OK. The Mellencamp on display here was nowhere to be seen prior to "American Fool."

If you listen to all his albums, in chronological order, one after the other, the second you get to "Hurts So Good", you sense something different.

This guy sound confident, assured. Brash, crystal-clear production.

The melody isn't catchy, it's irresistible. This is a classic pop song.

Then comes "Jack and Diane", a song that went from hit to overplayed to ridiculed to beloved classic. It's his prototype of story songs he had previously failed with, but was to soon master.

The drums simply thunder from your speakers...the remastering process shines here. The hand claps, the sizzling hi-hats...

...this is a chance for even the most jaded Mellencamp fans to rediscover this song, and fall in love with all over again.

Those two songs aren't just great singles, they're amongst the defining songs of an era...

The remainder of the album doesn't (...couldn't...) live up to those two songs, but there are some killer tunes left over. "Hand to Hold Onto" is a sunny single... the bonus track, "American Fool" is better than most of the other songs on the record too!

The classic artist we know and love first rears his head here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars little ditty 'bout jack and diane July 18 2007
By Ed Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
american fool is a classic album. it has three top 20 hits. jack and diane hit#1,hurts so good hit#2, and hand to hold on to hit#19. the songs weakest moments,danger list,close enough,and can you take it are good too. why did his record company say this album would ruin his career? it dudn't,john mellencamp became more successful after this album came out.it spent 9 weeks at #1. this is an amazing album. ed wilson
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John Mellencamp's Breakthrough Album Just Got Better Aug. 12 2005
By The Footpath Cowboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
AMERICAN FOOL, John Mellencamp's first big hit album, has just gotten better, thanks to digital remastering and the addition of the title song as a bonus cut. The songs are basic party fare, for the most part, but also include some more serious material as well. Any Mellencamp fan should buy this one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Everyone Needs A Hand To Hold Onto" Jan. 11 2014
By SideshowBob - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"American Fool" is another classic Mellencamp album.The most well known songs on here are "Hurts So Good" and "Jack & Diane".I am sure EVERYONE who has ever listened to rock music or rock radio,has heard those two tunes at some point in their lives."Hand To Hold Onto" was also released as a single as well,but sadly overlooked.It didin't seem to capture the attention that the other singles got.Thats a shame too,because it's such a great song.It's actually my personal favorite track on here.The rest of the album is just as good though.Songs like "Danger List","China Girl" and "Thundering Hearts" are also great.Hearing the unreleased bonus track,"American Fool",was a real treat.I wonder why John decided to can this song,and not use it.Kinda strange,seeing as though that's what he titled the album.Nevertheless,it's still a pleasure to finally here it.Overall,"American Fool" is a classic album,that sounds even better in it's remastered glory.
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