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A Meditation on John Mellencamp’s Life, Death, Love and Freedom
A few years ago, the Hungarian ambassador to the United States asked me to moderate a panel discussion at the embassy on “Rock & Roll as a Force for Freedom on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain.” The panel was to consist of the ambassador (András Simonyi), Tommy Ramone and me.
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  • Audio CD (16 Jun 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000A0EMHW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. When Jesus Left Birmingham (Album Version) 5:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Junior 4:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Human Wheels (Album Version) 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beige To Beige 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. Suzanne And The Jewels 3:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sweet Evening Breeze 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. What If I Came Knocking (Album Version) 5:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. French Shoes 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. To The River 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. When Jesus Left Birmingham (Bonus Track) [feat. Sounds Of Blackness] 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "derek3334" on 2 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
One of the most under-rated JM albums. This one tackles everything from racism(when jesus left birmingham)too pure vanity(french shoes).It has all the elements of classic mellencamp, where the most important things, ie vocals,guitar and drums are high up in the mix.It also touches on lost love,desire, spousal abuse and death{the great johnny cascella died when this cd was being recorded). Anyone who is a jm fan will know how much human wheels means to them considering the yahoo group is called human wheels.If you like hard rock mellencamp or the rootsy mellencamp, this the cd for you.Oh and "Sweet evening breeze" is sheer genius.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. K. on 24 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Though I score this album high, in fact there are only 3 songs I love on it, with a couple more I would listen to from time to time. Two tracks are amongst my favourite Mellencamp’s songs, therefore I could not part with this album. I found the album Human Wheels to be the beginning of an unwinding period in Mellencamp’s career, until his heart attack in 1994; personally there were too many songs that didn’t touch me on the 1993 and 1994 albums: I got a bit bored.
One of my very favourite Mellencamp’s song is here, I can listen to that one several times in a row: ‘Sweet Evening Breeze’ **** the vocals are beautifully soft and so is the acoustic guitar; it’s a song about “thoughts and memories” and the story of two kids’ summer romance and it’s perfectly balanced with some cutting drums and a roaring guitar solo, when we realized that it’s charged with regret, the loss of one’s youth, innocence, dream or optimism, so many questions that cannot be answered nor asked. The single ‘What If I Came Knocking’ *** is quite the opposite: it’s daring and loud, a bit crass even and the perfect transition from the previous rock album Whenever We Wanted: the drums are brilliant to dance to, the vocals are cheeky, the guitars rock. I always want to listen to it again straight after it ends! That was a single and so was ‘Junior’ **(*), that one has a warm swing to it, there’s something light-hearted about the tune and frankly I’m not quite sure what the lyrics are about, it’s a bit of a mystery and I can’t explain why I like it (the production makes me think of his 1996 album too).
‘To The River’ ** is enjoyable too, it’s different for Mellencamp, country-rock I guess it’s called, he co-wrote it with Janis Ian and John Vezner. His voice is natural and not forced, it’s a nice number.
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By LINDA BULLOCK on 14 Dec 2014
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Rolling On 28 July 2005
By P Magnum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After the hard edge of Whenever We Wanted, Human Wheels find John Mellencamp again quieting things down. Though you could draw a comparison to Big Daddy, it would be through the softer nature of the album, not the lyrical content. The theme that runs through Human Wheels is about relationships and their growth. The title track is an instant classic. "What If I Came Knocking", "When Jesus Left Birmingham", "Junior" and "Suzanne & The Jewels" are all first rate John Mellencamp songs. Human Wheels finds John Mellencamp realizing that he is no longer a kid, but an adult and the songs are the most mature of his career.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Mellencamp rediscovered! 11 Jan 2002
By Aaron Blight - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For me Human Wheels represents a rediscovery of John Mellencamp. Back in the 1980's, when I was a teenager, John (Cougar) Mellencamp was one of my favorite artists. Two of his albums back then, Scarecrow and The Lonesome Jubilee, were among the most frequent plays in my cassette player. For some reason, since the late 80's I haven't paid much attention to Mellencamp, and I lost track of his music.
I recently bought Human Wheels out of curiosity, remembering how much I liked Mellecamp back in the 80's. This album reminds me why I enjoy John Mellencamp's music so much: the man is unequivocally an excellent songwriter. As demonstrated on this album, Mellencamp writes melodic, infectious hooks with compelling vocal and instrumental arrangements. His songs range from the silly to the serious, from the cynical to the celebratory. I thoroughly enjoy EVERY song on this disc! This album was a great discovery, and now I'm really looking forward to getting updated on all the music Mellencamp made between 1987 and today.
If you've liked Mellencamp's music in the past, or if you like rootsy rock and roll with some groove and pizzazz, then I would recommend this album. It's great!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Some serious fun from Indiana 13 Aug 2005
By Blair G. Helsing - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
12 years on, this album continues to entertain and move me. Most of the Mellencamp songs I like in his catalog are interspersed through the years. However this album is a concentrated dose of songs that grab me through great songwriting, vocal performances, the drums and percussion of Kenny Aronoff, the sound of the band, and the (sometimes implied) revealing of human hopes and failings. The characters and points-of-view throughout the album have vulnerability written all over them, in a most beautiful way. Not leaving off the humor and good times that you hear in "French Shoes" and elsewhere. I liked the video for the title track very much too. I've read interviews where Mellencamp states this is one of his favorite works and I strongly agree with him.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is the best album you've never heard. 14 Dec 2000
By Eric Koldinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Personally, I've always found this, The Lonesome Jubilee, and Mr. Happy Go Lucky, to be Mellencamp's finest albums. A small album, without the big commercial impact of some of his others, yet a musical tour de force that I never tire of listening. A wonderful album of straightforward american rock-n-roll.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent! 24 Mar 2004
By Ruadhan J McElroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album was my first known introduction to John Mellencamp -- bizarrely from Top 40 radio. I admit that it's odd for a twelve-year-old (my age at the album's release) to have John Mellencamp as the angsty-music of choice, but it's still a helluva lot better -- deeper, more emotional, better written and so forth -- than what a lot of kids that age and even *my* age are listening to these day.
The style seems timeless -- it's unlike that of the other popular home-grown-sounding white rock-stars of the day -- which makes it a fine album both then and now. While _American Fool_ can sound dated, _Human Wheels_ still seems classic over ten years later.
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