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Dance Naked [Original recording remastered]

John Cougar Mellencamp Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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1. Dance Naked
2. Brothers
3. When Margaret Comes To Town
4. Wild Night
5. L.U.V.
6. Another Sunny Day 12/25
7. Too Much To Think About
8. The Big Jack
9. The Breakout
10. Wild Night

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The Definitive Remaster of Dance Naked will feature newly remastered sound, and upgraded packaging.Remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering utilizing the original master tapes.Packaging will feature lyrics and complete artwork. Also included is the bonus track 'Wild Night' (Acoustic Version) with Me'shell ndeg‚ocello. Def Jam. 2005.

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4.0 out of 5 stars JM's music becomes danceable again March 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
Like others have pointed out, this is a very short album at 30 minutes long. In that way it's similar to Big Daddy, but unlike his albums just before this, Dance Naked is much lighter in tone and more upbeat. JM stripped down his sound to match his earlier work, leaving out the folk instruments he had picked up, like the mandolin, violin, dobro and dulcimer.
The title track is a great start to the album. "When Margaret Comes to Town" is also catchy guitar rock, coming right before the album's huge hit, "Wild Night." Mellencamp covers Van Morrison and does a good job. The fact that it is sung as a duet with Me'Shell Ndegeocello makes it even more appealing. There are serious lyrics on this album (especially "Another Sunny Day 12/25"), but the music is generally upbeat.
Dance Naked lacks JM's famous story-songs, but it's still a gem in his body of work. The songs are nearly all three-minute ditties with catchy hooks and repetitive choruses. It's a nice CD to put in at a party.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Soft in the Middle Nov. 20 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Dance Naked," which just barely exceeds EP length at nine tracks and less than forty minutes, is nevertheless an adventuresome album for this artist. The album starts with three songs, including the title track, "Brothers" and "When Margaret Comes to Town," that are a deviation from Mellencamp's usual straightforward storytelling style. Instead, he uses catchy rhythms and repetetive choruses to a fine sonic effect. Unfortunately, the disc loses momentum with the fairly uninteresting (but nevertheless massively popular) cover version of "Wild Night." Van Morrison's original version is far superior. Then comes the rather dopey "l.u.v.," typical of the kinds of lyrical bludenrs Mellencamp occasionally pulls. Fortunately, he gets back to the good stuff with "Big Jack" and album ends as strongly as it began.
Mellencamp needed to do something different in order to reenergize his career. With "Dance Naked," he did so, and was mostly successful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp never fails to please! May 27 2004
By DanD
Format:Audio CD
DANCE NAKED is a great rock/folk album. Take "Brothers," a story about two brothers who just don't get along...in fact hate each other. Or the title track, which remains romantic even though he's basically asking his girl to strip for him. Or "L.U.V.", a politcally-aimed song of what's wrong in the world. Or "Another Sunny Day", about the future and a man's hope how it will all turn out. Or...
Dear God, every song on this album is good. All nine of them shine with expert songwriting (even the remake of Van Morrison's "Wild Night") and superb instrumentalism. DANCE NAKED may not be Mellencamp's best (he's had a lot of time to record albums), but it's certainly right up there. A must for fans of the genre, or Mellencamp's legions of fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp Bares All Feb. 7 2001
Format:Audio CD
Dance Naked was a surprise release by John Mellencamp. The album was released only a few months after Human wheels and was spurred on by his biggest hit of the 90's (and since Cherry Bomb in 1988), the Van Morrison cover "Wild Night". Me'shell NdegeOcello duets with Mr. Mellencamp and her pulsating bass provides a strong backbone to the song. The party atmosphere of that song is in sharp contrast to the rest of the album. The album's title is appropriate as the other songs are barer in nature. The title track, "Another Sunny Day 12/25", "L.U.V." and "The Big Jack" are especially strong. coupled with Human Wheels, Dance Naked find Mr. Mellencamp will to expose himself to the public.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second only to Lonesome Jubilee! June 19 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yes, this album is brief. But like you would when you were a kid listening your favorite a 45 (I know, I'm dating myself!), because there's nothing you won't like on it, it's quick and easy to listen to over and over again. And after you've played it about five or 10 times, you'll play it again and again. My favorite tracks are "Big Jack" and "Breakout," (Unfortunately you can't sample those tracks on this site.) but I love them all. "L.U.V." and "Brothers" are also excellent. I think the title track -- I believe the only single -- is my least favorite of all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Updated Sound for John Mellencamp June 2 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a good album full of good tracks - no filler material. This is something different for John Mellencamp; a different kind of sound, and I like it. I bought the CD for the song "Wild Night", which I think is the best track on the album. I also like "Dance Naked" a lot, but all of the tracks are good.
This album is not full of country-tinged, midwestern sounds like a lot of his former work. It is lighter and danceable. It's more "feel-good" music than I've heard him do in a long time. I think this is his best album to date.
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