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John Mellencamp: On The Rural Route 7609

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John MellencampOn The Rural Route 7609Island Def Jam2010While guitarist/vocalist John Mellencamp's four-CD box set spans his entire career, it is not a collection of hits alone. On this retrospective of his musical career, the Indian-bred rocker has chosen to include 54 songs, 17 of which are previously unreleased, and packaged them within a 72-page book containing many rare pictures, lyrics and commentary.The collection contains many of Mellencamp's hits ("Jack And ...

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John Mellencamp: Life, Death, Love & Freedom

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Packaged in an environmentally friendly cardboard sleeve, Mellencamp has called this his CD of “modern electric folksongs." Life, Death, Love & Freedom contains 14 tracks, most of which are about life, death and love--hence the title.

Bluesy, but in a different manner than 2003's superb Trouble No More (Columbia), Life Death Love & Freedom is very much Mellencamp writing and creating his own folk/country blues songs rather than covering classics by Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Son House, Memphis Minnie and ...


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