John Cougar's first albums were so bereaved of strong material that the lean swagger of American Fool came as a shock. The difference is evident from the opening song, "Hurts So Good," a hard, Stonesy rocker with an irresistibly sleazy hook. Cougar never wrote anything as catchy as this before, nor had his romantic vision of small-town America resonated like it did on "Jack & Diane," a minor and remarkably affecting sketch of dead-end romance. These two songs are the only true keepers on American Fool, but the rest of the record works better than his previous material because his band is tighter than ever before, making his weaker moments convincing. Besides, songs like "Hand to Hold On To" and "China Girl," for all their faults, do indicate that his sense of craft is improving considerably. [Universal's 2005 CD reissue appends a bonus track, "American Fool."]
Performance CreditsJohn Mellencamp Primary Artist
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Larry Crane Guitar
George "Chocolate" Perry Bass
Mike Wanchic Guitar
Technical CreditsLarry Crane Composer
Don Gehman Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Bob Ludwig Reissue Remastering
John Mellencamp Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Jeff Silbar Composer
Mark Stebbeds Engineer
George Tutko Engineer
G.C. Green Composer
Bill Levy Art Direction
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Joe New Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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The Definitive Remaster of American Fool is a must have for any John Mellencamp fan! I bought the remasters to replace my worn-out originals, and am not sorry I did!! The sound quality is far better than the original release, it's almost like hearing it for the first time, except I already know the lyrics. If the lyrics of any songs on American Fool eluded you, the liner notes include lyrics to all the songs. What amazes me the most is the crystal clear sound of the songs...each drumbeat, every strum of the guitar, every word can be heard...you can put the American Fool Remaster into your CD player and turn it up as loud as it can go and there is no disortion, just a brilliant sound from the most talented singer/songwriter of our time!!
American Fool was the first album that I bought of John "Cougar". I wore this album out. I would have played it even more if the title track "American Fool" had been on the album. The remaster is worth buying for this track alone! What a fun song. It makes an already great album even greater. You will not regret buying this remaster.
Two classic hits are on this album. Jack and Diane and Hurts So Good. They are both all time classic Mellencamp. I also love the recently released "American Fool." Catchy little melody.