Words And Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits

Words And Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits

by John Cougar MellencampJohn Mellencamp
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He's been a cocky rocker (often referring to himself as "little bastard"), a deft interpreter of the roots music of bygone days, and a spokesman for the workingman. But no matter what guise he dons, it's always clear that John Mellencamp is the closest thing his generation has produced to an archetypal American songwriter. This career-spanning collection offers nearly 40 snapshots of Mellencamp in action, from early hits like "I Need a Lover" and "Jack and Diane" -- quintessential midwestern romances infused with a potent dose of the region's deeply ingrained grit -- to more pointed early-'80s favorites such as "Rain on the Scarecrow" and "Small Town." Although Mellencamp became less of a chart-topping fixture in the '90s, he didn't lose a whit of his artistic potency, as evidenced by the steely "When Jesus Left Birmingham" (culled from 1993's Human Wheels) and his duet with Meshell Ndegeocello on a cover of Van Morrison's "Wild Night." Mellencamp doesn't waste the opportunity to debut fresh material on Words and Music. In fact, the pair of new songs -- both collaborations with Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds -- might well be Mellencamp's best in ages, particularly "Walk Tall," a poignant-yet-pugnacious plea for tolerance that benefits from the soulful sheen added by Edmonds. Even a quarter century into his career, John Mellencamp is still unquestionably the Hoosier Daddy.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/19/2004
Label: Island
UPC: 0602498642368
catalogNumber: 000359202
Rank: 24874

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mellencamp   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lisa Germano   Mandolin,Violin,Background Vocals
Jay Ferguson   Keyboards
Mick Ronson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Vibes
Malcolm Burn   Organ
John Cascella   Organ,Accordion,Keyboards,Melodica,Penny Whistle
John Casella   Organ
Dane Clark   Percussion,Drums
Larry Crane   Guitar,Harmonica,Background Vocals
Milton Davis   Bass
Sarah Flint   Background Vocals
David Grissom   Guitar,Mandolin
Reggie Hamilton   Bass
Carroll Sue Hill   Keyboards,Background Vocals
John Jarvis   Keyboards
Tom Knowles   Drums,Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Toby Myers   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals
Missy   Background Vocals
David Parman   Background Vocals
Pat Peterson   Background Vocals
Michael Ramos   Organ,Accordion,Background Vocals
Rick Shlosser   Drums
Crystal Taliefero   Background Vocals
Mike Wanchic   Dulcimer,Dobro,Guitar,Mandolin,Background Vocals,Slide Guitar
Willie Weeks   Bass
Andy York   Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Babyface   Guitar,Background Vocals
Miriam Sturm   Violin
Jeff Pedersen   Organ
Heather Headley   Background Vocals
India.Arie   Vocals
Moe Z M.D.   Organ,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Loops
David Grisson   Guitar
Courtney Kaiser   Background Vocals
Jane McLeod   Background Vocals
Brian Bekvar   Keyboards
Jon Gunnell   Bass
Laurie Robert-Glug   Background Vocals
Sonja Rasmussen   Background Vocals
Kenny Childers   Guitar
David Wierhake   Accordion
Susan Swaney   Background Vocals
Robert Frank   Bass,Background Vocals
Chocolate Perry   Bass
Jenn Christy   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ray Kennedy   Engineer
Steve Cropper   Producer
Malcolm Burn   Producer
Greg Edward   Engineer
Don Gehman   Producer,Engineer
George Green   Composer
Jay Healy   Engineer
Ross Hogarth   Engineer
Mark Hood   Technical Editor
David Leonard   Producer,Engineer
Paul Mahern   Producer,Engineer,Band Photo
John Mellencamp   Composer,Producer
Van Morrison   Composer
John Punter   Producer,Engineer
Dee Robb   Engineer
Bruce Robb   Engineer
David Thoener   Engineer
George Tutko   Engineer
Mike Wanchic   Producer
Jann Wenner   Liner Notes
Junior Vasquez   Producer
Babyface   Producer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Wayne Maser   Band Photo
Ross Alexander   Technical Editor
Marion Smith   Composer
Little Bastard   Producer
David Allard   Composer

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