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American Fool Original recording remastered
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|8. Close Enough|
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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.
This is the record that transformed John Cougar (né John Mellencamp and soon to be John Cougar Mellencamp) into a superstar. "Hurts So Good" was destined to be a huge hit--ludicrous, powerful, and utterly unforgettable--and has long since gone on to be something of a rock & roll standard. But the real revelation on this record was "Jack and Diane," a poignant slice of life from a small town somewhere in middle America, a topical vein he would mine with even greater success on later recordings (especially on The Lonesome Jubilee). Backed by a crisp, powerful, spot-on band that gave a needed sense of urgency to the material, Cougar deservedly wore the mantle of Mainstream Rock King while this record ruled the airwaves. --Percy Keegan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The sounds here are more raw and rock than the more refined material of the mid- to late 80's, some songs encompassing a combination drums and guitar that neared the crunch of AC-DC, such as one of his signature tunes, "Hurt So Good." Most of the songs have pounding pneumatic drums and power guitar chord stomp, and what I'm noticing here is that many other songs could've become singles because of it. In other words, Cougar's moment could've been bigger had this album been given a few more singles. Much like the lines in "Hurt So Good," "sink your teeth right into my bones" and "c'mon baby make it hurt so good," there's a new sort of confidence in the sound and in Cougar himself.
"A little ditty about Jack and Diane/two American kids doing the best they can" Well that little ditty went to #1 sure enough, divided into the quiet acoustic verses about the couple, with the transitional refrain of "life goes on/long after the thrill of living is gone" on the inevitable parade of life, leading into that ringing power riff. The thing seems to be that any young couple had better enjoy it, because "change will come around real soon and make us women and men." And break out the vomit bags, for the recognizable power riff and two notes plucked was sampled by Jessica Simpson in "I Think I Love You.Read more ›
This is a really rockin' album with two of the biggest hits from John Cougar, "Hurts so good", and "jack & diane". "hand to hold on to" what a chart hitter, but didn't do as well commercially. Yet, I always felt it was just as good as his two hits.
Cougar is a truly talented musician who really shined back in the early 1980's. I'd like to say that this is his debut, but I have a few albums that were prior to this, "John Cougar", which has no hits at all, and "Chestnut street incident", which is a collector's item now.
However, "American Fool" is the perfect and definitive album of his to have. It showcases his talents as a singer and guitar player.
John is the every man's rock and roller. I still love this album as it's got some really good music, no fillers. Every song on here is great rock music.
The other songs are even worse. In particular, the music of the other 7 songs is nowhere nearly as entertaining as the two big hits. In "Close Enough" he sings that he is "close enough for rock and roll." No. I don't think so. Not on this song. Ditto for "Thundering Hearts" and "Can You Take It," which are two other failed attempts at making "real" rock and roll.
And then there's the disgusitng lyrics of "Weakest Moments." Cougar is romantically attracted to a woman who is involved in an incestuous relationship with her uncle. Gross!
"Hand to Hold On To" was a minor chart hit, but it's nowhere nearly as good as the other two hits from this album. Also, it's a ballad, and all of the ballads on this album come off as sounding cliched and insincere.
Overall, this CD can (maybe) be worth owning for the two songs "Hurts So Good" and "Jack and Diane," because both of those songs are quite enjoyable to listen to, as long as you don't take their lyrics too seriously.
Most recent customer reviews
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. Read morePublished on July 31 2009 by Jason A. Mymryk
It's hard to believe now, so many years later, that John Mellencamp was forced to change his name to "Johnny Cougar" in order to get a record deal because an executive... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Vilbs
An awesome musician with a great rough edge to his voice, banging out original music that we can all relate to with an honest passion and natural talent we all wish we had. Read morePublished on April 30 2004 by J. S. Yes.
This was John Cougar-Camp's arena rock album, and where he really shines through. After this, although he had some great songs, he morphed into a mainstram singer-songwriter... Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2003 by oldschooler1981
Aaaahhh . . . the songs of my youth! This is another terrific album we added to our 80's collection. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2003 by V. VanCamp
This is an interesting album watching John Cougar (he will always be John Cougar to me) develop his style. Read morePublished on May 18 2003 by bob
This Cd has a average customer review of 3.6 stars. If you took a poll of the TRUE John Mellencamp fans (the ones who did not burn all their CDs of him whent they heard To... Read morePublished on April 9 2003