The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988

The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988

by John CougarJohn Mellencamp


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The Best That I Could Do is an appropriately self-deprecating title for John Mellencamp's greatest-hits collection, considering that the heartland rocker never seemed too convinced of his own worth. Of course, he had to struggle to get any respect after he was saddled with the stage name Johnny Cougar early in his career, but this 14-track collection proves that he was one of the best, unabashed straight-ahead rockers of the '80s. The 14 tracks here actually turn out to be a little too short to contain all of his great singles -- songs like "Rain on the Scarecrow," "Rumbleseat," "Pop Singer," "Again Tonight," and "What If I Came Knocking" are left off the collection (there's nothing from 1988's Big Daddy at all) -- but it's hard to argue with what's here. Over the course of the collection, such classic rock hits as "I Need a Lover," "Hurts So Good," "Jack and Diane," "Crumblin' Down," "Pink Houses," "Lonely Ol' Night," "Small Town," "Paper in Fire," "Cherry Bomb," and "Check It Out" are chronicled, with a new cover of Terry Reid's "Without Expression" added for good measure. It may fall short of being definitive, but only by a small margin, and it remains an excellent overview and introduction to Mellencamp's remarkably consistent body of work.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/18/1997
Label: Island
UPC: 0731453673823
catalogNumber: 536738
Rank: 11190

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mellencamp   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lisa Germano   Fiddle,Violin
Jay Ferguson   Keyboards
Mick Ronson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Drums,Background Vocals,Vibes,Hammered Dulcimer
Brian BecVar   Keyboards
John Cascella   Accordion,Keyboards
Dane Clark   Drums
Larry Crane   Guitar,Harmonica,Background Vocals
Sarah Flint   Background Vocals
Carroll Sue Hill   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tom Knowles   Drums
Toby Myers   Bass,Background Vocals
David Parman   Background Vocals
George "Chocolate" Perry   Bass
Pat Peterson   Background Vocals
Eric Ivan Rosse   Keyboards
Rick Shlosser   Drums
Crystal Taliefero   Background Vocals
Mike Wanchic   Guitar,Background Vocals
Willie Weeks   Bass
Andy York   Guitar,Background Vocals
Miriam Sturm   Violin
Moe Z   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Crystal Califero   Accordion,Background Vocals
Robert Frank   Bass,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Cropper   Producer
Howard Albert   Producer
Ron Albert   Producer
Greg Edward   Engineer
Don Gehman   Producer,Engineer
David Leonard   Engineer
Paul Mahern   Engineer
John Mellencamp   Producer,Composer
John Punter   Producer,Engineer
Dee Robb   Engineer
Bruce Robb   Engineer
David Thoener   Engineer
George Tutko   Engineer
George Corsillo   Art Direction
Little Bastard   Producer
Manzone   Art Direction
Timothy White   Liner Notes
George Michael Green   Composer

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