John Mellencamp 11/4/22

Released today (November 4th) is the deluxe reissue of John Mellencamp‘s 1985 classic, Scarecrow. The new box set includes two CD’s of newly remixed and remastered songs — plus previously unreleased bonus tracks and alternate versions, a booklet full of rare photographs and all new liner notes by acclaimed author and music critic Anthony DeCurtis.

The set features an Atmos and new hi-resolution stereo mix of the album, along with bonus tracks in hi-resolution stereo on Blu-ray Disc, a 180g half-speed LP, an original picture sleeve of the “Small Town” seven-inch single, lithographs, and poster.

Scarecrow was released on August 5th, 1985 and spent a whopping 28 weeks in the Billboard Top 10. The album, which was an FM, AM, and MTV staple, spent three weeks at Number Two. The album featured three Top 10 hits — “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” (#2); “Lonely Ol’ Night”  and “Small Town” (#6). Two other tracks were MTV staples and major Top 30 hits — “Rain On The Scarecrow” (#21) and “Rumbleseat” (#28).

Mellencamp says that he’s always aimed for the higher ground when writing his songs: [“I have been trying to write inspirational songs, in the way of. . . not Irving Berlin, but more in the way of Woody Guthrie, to try to make people feel good about themselves.”] SOUNDCUE (:09 OC: . . . good about themselves)

John Mellencamp said he prides himself on being able to connect to his audience on a multitude of levels: [“There was a while that a lot of the songs I wrote I made sure that just anybody that picked up a guitar could play ’em. ‘Cause I think that’s very important that the songs aren’t so complicated and obtuse, that your normal kid who knows six chords can’t play a song. I mean, I don’t think it’s important for all type of songwriters, but it’s very important for me.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . important for me)

John Mellencamp kicks off his 76-date North American tour on February 5th and 6th in his hometown, Bloomington, Indiana at  the Indiana University Auditorium.

TL: DR

  • Released today (November 4th) is the deluxe reissue of John Mellencamp‘s 1985 classic, Scarecrow.

SIDE NOTES

The tracklist to John Mellencamp’s deluxe reissue of Scarecrow:

CD 1: Original Album Remixed & Remastered

1. Rain On The Scarecrow (2022 Mix)
2. Grandma’s Theme (2022 Mix)
3. Small Town (2022 Mix)
4. Minutes To Memories (2022 Mix)
5. Lonely Ol’ Night (2022 Mix)
6. The Face Of The Nation (2022 Mix)
7. Justice And Independence ’85 (2022 Mix)
8. Between A Laugh And A Tear (2022 Mix)
9. Rumbleseat (2022 Mix)
10. You’ve Got To Stand For Somethin’ (2022 Mix)
11. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (A Salute To 60’s Rock) [2022 Mix]
12. The Kind Of Fella I Am (2022 Mix)
13. Small Town (Acoustic Version) [2022 Mix]

CD 2: Rare & Previously Unreleased

1. Under The Boardwalk (2022 Mix)
2. Lonely Ol’ Night (Rough Mix)
3. Between A Laugh And A Tear (Writer’s Demo)
4. Carolina Shag
5. Cold Sweat (2022 Mix)
6. Rumbleseat (Writer’s Demo)
7. Smart Guys
8. R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. (A Salute To 60’s Rock) [Rough Mix]
9. Minutes To Memories (Rough Mix)
10. Shama Lama Ding Dong
11. Small Town (Writer’s Demo)

Blu-ray Audio Disc: Dolby ATMOS

1. Rain On The Scarecrow (2022 Atmos Mix)
2. Grandma’s Theme (2022 Atmos Mix)
3. Small Town (2022 Atmos Mix)
4. Minutes To Memories (2022 Atmos Mix)
5. Lonely Ol’ Night (2022 Atmos Mix)
6. The Face Of The Nation (2022 Atmos Mix)
7. Justice And Independence ’85 (2022 Atmos Mix)
8. Between A Laugh And A Tear (2022 Atmos Mix)
9. Rumbleseat (2022 Atmos Mix)
10. You’ve Got To Stand For Somethin’ (2022 Atmos Mix)
11. R.0.C.K. In The U.S.A (A Salute To 60’s Rock) (2022 Atmos Mix]
12. The Kind Of Fella I Am (2022 Atmos Mix)
13. Small Town (Acoustic Version) 2022 Atmos Mix