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Lonesome Jubilee Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (June 7 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0009IW9DE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Paper In Fire
2. Down And Out In Paradise
3. Check It Out
4. The Real Life
5. Cherry Bomb
6. We Are The People
7. Empty Hands
8. Hard Times For An Honest Man
9. Hotdogs And Hamburgers
10. Rooty Toot Toot
11. Blues From The Front Porch

Product Description

Each Definitive Remaster will feature newly remastered sound, a rare or previously unreleased bonus track and upgraded packaging. Packaging will feature lyrics and complete artwork. Island. 2005.

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Format: LP Record Verified Purchase
One of the best albums of the 80's. This edition of vinyl is superior to both the initial vinyl which was pathetically cold and bright with no bottom end, and the initial Cd which was actually better than the vinyl but not as good as this reissue of vinyl. Now a few of the Music On Vinyl releases have lacked the very bottom end that makes music fuller and warmer sounding. Not on this release however, I hate to say it but there might actually be a little too much for this release making sound very slightly dark but this is nitpicking. The vinyl quality is great no surface noise to speak of.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a desert album cd, the music and the lyrics are incredible from start to finish. What a great album don't miss your chance to get it. It's a true classic.
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Great re-master, much, much better than original
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa5d80e70) out of 5 stars 37 reviews
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa61ae8d0) out of 5 stars Mellencamp's Finest Achievement June 26 2005
By P Magnum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
John Mellencamp is often called a poor man's Bruce Springsteen. In many ways he is, and that is not such a bad thing to be. Like the Boss, Mr. Mellencamp sings about personal experiences and tells tales of people struggling to get ahead in the world. Where Mr. Springsteen sings about Jersey & the East Coast, Mr. Mellencamp sings about his region of the country, Indiana & the Midwest. The Lonesome Jubilee is my favorite Mellencamp album and he expands on the musical stylings of his previous release, Scarecrow. He employs fiddles, accordians and mandolins to give the album a rustic, midwestern feel. "Paper In Fire" opens the album with a bang and then slides into "Down & Out In Paradise" which is a critical rocker about the state of the nation. "Cherry Bomb" is a great song about days gone by and is his "Glory Days". Like "Down & Out", the album makes many political statements with songs like "We Are The People", "Empty Hands", "Hard Times For An Honest Man" and "Hotdogs & Hamburgers". After the political heaviness, he closes the album out with the silly and fun "Rooty Toot Toot". John Mellencamp always has alot to say and on this album, he speaks from the heart and it makes for great music. The bonus track is a strong number, "Blues From A Front Porch", but it would have een nice if they include the b-sides from the album's singles, the live version of "Check It Out", "Never To Old" (b-side of "Paper In Fire") and "Shama Lama Ding Dong" (b-side of "Cherry Bomb").
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa61aecfc) out of 5 stars Mellencamp is Mellencamp. Sept. 17 2005
By Vic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Lonesome Jubilee remastered edition is a great album made even better! If you have the original release of this cd I highly recomend that you buy this one, as well. Even if you are just a casual John Mellencamp fan you will love it!

The other reviewers do an excellent job of describing Lonesome Jubilee, so there is no reason for me to be redundant.

However, I disagree with the other reviewers (and most rock critics) who feel that John Mellencamp is a poor-man's Bruce Springsteen. John Mellencamp is not a poor man's anything or anybody.

The two main arguments behind the new Springsteen tag are the fact that Mellencamp sings about his region and writes introspective songs. The Beach Boys wrote about their region and John Lennon wrote introspectively. I don't hear or see any mention of those two facts in regards to Springsteen.

I have been a Springsteen fan since the mid-70s and I have always enjoyed his music very much. His music is a big part of the sound track of my high school and college days. However, I feel Mellencamp's music and song writing is even better than that of the BOSS. When Mellencamp released the Scarecrow album people were saying that he was just copying Springsteen's Born In The USA theme. I was always quick to point out that the song Pink Houses came out before Born In The USA did. I guess what I'm trying to say is that Mellencamp is Mellencamp!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa61aed50) out of 5 stars Another American classic from John Mellencamp. Aug. 4 2005
By M J Heilbron Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"The Lonesome Jubilee" is the third Mellencamp masterpiece in a row. And here it is, in an exquisitely remastered CD.

From the Stones-y squall of "Uh-Huh" to the Springsteen sweep of "Scarecrow", we now have an album that can only be 'qualified' as "Mellencamp."

His artistic growth here reflects his absorbed influences and then expands them. There are new instruments, new textures, new tempos. His lyrics are more expressive, more vivid and more concise. There is a fearlessness to his recording...a confidence beyond his previously problematic braggadocio.

In simpler terms, this album rocks. It's awesome.

Opening with the thrilling guitar-lap steel-fiddle-accordion-God know what else "hook" from "Paper in Fire", Mellencamp sets the stage for the unexpected. When his beloved drummer Kenny Aronoff kicks in, a smile will spread across your face. You instinctively will recognize his "sound", but also realize he doing more with it than he ever has before.

The angular "Down and Out in Paradise", with it's off-kilter push-pull rhythms, follows. This is one of those first person narratives with a terrific sense of immediacy...and "Check It Out" has a nice gentle, anthemic quality to it. I love the soaring fiddle-led hook, and so must have a lot of folks, as it's now one of his more-recognized songs.

"The Real Life" is a bit weaker melodically, but the band sounds tight and amazing. Every piece in its' place. "Cherry Bomb" has a soothing, friendly tone with terrific duet-like backup vocals and again, that lilting fiddle dancing above the whole song. Plus that accordion hook...it was an instant classic, and deservedly so.

"We Are The People" is where he falters a bit...a little too heavy-handed compared to the rest of the album. The music, again, is outstanding...it's now "his" sound. "Empty Hands" is another not-so-wonderful moment...a little boring...

It proves to be a momentary setback, as the album comes roaring back with three killer tunes in a row. "Hard Times For An Honest Man" gets the mix right. He's very direct with his point, yet the melody serves the lyrics, and the music is irresistible. "Hotdogs and Hamburgers" gallops along at a brisk pace, another one of his classic "story songs" with intimate details and epic bridges.

"Rooty Toot Toot" may be my favorite. It's a perfect song. Killer hooks, sweet instrumental breaks, a chorus you'll be singing before the song is over. Sure, it won't change the world, but for three minutes and 33 seconds, it will make YOUR world a lot better! Just a terrific way to end the album...

The extra track isn't much...a less-than-two minute snippet blues with multiple vocalists...the album was perfect as it was.

These remasters have been revelatory, and should urge other artists and record companies to reassess their catalogs. Bruce, U2, Prince...heck, the Beatles should be so lucky to have their albums treated with such care.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa61aee1c) out of 5 stars Essential recording from an artist at his peak July 4 2005
By A. Gammill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While 1985 seminal SCARECROW remains the signature John Mellencamp album, THE LONESOME JUBILEE, in my opinion, is his greatest musical achievement. Both discs have a lot to say, lyrically speaking. But whereas Scarecrow scored the messages with 60's-influenced rock, Jubilee expands this sound to include more rustic instrumentation. The result is a pleasure to hear, as Mellencamp and his band effortlessly (or so it seems) make every song a keeper. Even potentially heavy-handed material such as "We Are the People" and "Empty Hands" (with one of my favorite lines, "They say people get what they deserve/But Lord, sometimes it's much worse than that") is served up with such conviction that it's hard to fault their earnestness.

Unreleased material (the bonus track) is, of course, always welcome. But as someone has already mentioned, it sure would have been nice to have the b-sides from Jubilee's singles on the disc. Or even John's VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS contribution, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," which was released shortly after this album came out.

But I've still got my treasured 45's, so I can live with it. In any event, if you only get one Mellencamp remastered disc, this is the one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa543a300) out of 5 stars The Lost Art of Making Music with Lyrics that Have Depth April 1 2012
By T. Rutledge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am very familiar with this album, having had the LP when I was a kid in the late 1980's. To my 11 year-old (at that time) ears, I really liked the first two singles, "Paper in Fire" and "Cherry Bomb". The rest of the album I liked, but this one did not get a lot of playing time from me, back then. Time, and age, have revealed why. These are lyrics and music written by someone in their mid-30's. Many of the songs feel like they could be written about now ("Empty Hands", "Down and Out in Paradise") while others are clearly the reflections of an adult man who has realized time is passing by quickly ("Check it Out", "The Real Life"). In other words, this isn't stuff for 11 year-olds.

The remastering of this is good, not great. It's an improvement over the LP and original CD (owned both). The lyrics hold up over time; in fact, I can identify with what he is trying to say now, in my mid-30's, more than I ever could at 11 or 12. If Scarecrow was about the fading away of farm life and the American Midwest, this one is about growing up, being an adult and facing the fact that life gets harder, not easier, as you get older.

There really isn't one bad song on this album. My only real complaint is the over-use of the accordian on this one. Every song has an accordian. It works on "Paper in Fire", it gives a hook on "Cherry Bomb", it has an interesting incorporation as an essential element on "Empty Hands". But, over the course of ten songs, you begin to get a bit worn down by the accordian sound (i.e. "oh great, another song with an accordian"). I doubt this will ever get the deluxe treatment, but a stripped down alternate version without so much of the accordian on every song, could really breathe new life into these songs. However, overall, a really good album.

If you are new to Mellencamp, and looking for more than hits, this one and Scarecrow are where you should start. If you already have an older copy, the remastering makes it worthwhile to buy (yet) another copy.

At some point all of this stuff is going to be out of print and only available as some stupid download; might as well add it to your cart now, before you can't.