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John Mellencamp 1978-2012 [Box set]

John Mellencamp Audio CD
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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 (30 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 19
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: UMC
  • ASIN: B00FUABH02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,691 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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John Mellencamp 1978 – 2012, a uniquely comprehensive boxed set collection covering the legendary singer/songwriter’s principal studio albums. The collection consists of a total of 19 CDs originally released over a recording career that spans 35 years.

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4.0 out of 5 stars john mellencamp 1978-2012 1 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First of all I would like to say there is no complaint about the quality of the music. If you are a John Mellencamp fan you would already know how good these albums are. To have them all in one box set is a great idea. The strongest albums are probably from 1982's American Fool through to 1989's Big Daddy but some of the stuff since has been excellent. The box contains 19 CD's in cardboard sleeves and it all sits on my cd shelf very neatly indeed. The box itself is not as sturdy as it might be and there is no booklet with it at all. Just the music. Which I suppose was the whole point really. It is quite expensive at over a 100 so that might put a few people off buying it but I thought what the hell, you only live once.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Mellencamp boxed set 13 Jan 2014
By Tramps like us VINE VOICE
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I always saw John Mellencamp as a bit sort of sub Springsteen clone until I bought "On the rural route" and my eyes were opened to a whole slew of great music. I was, therefore, pleased to see that this boxed set was coming out as it allowed me to get the whole of his back catalogue in one place. This is a mammoth set comprising 19 albums and it has taken a while to get through it all but I can honestly say that the whole body of his work from the early Johnny Cougar stuff to the newest T Bone Burnett produced "grown up" songs is absolutely first rate. On the face of it It is an expensive investment but there are, as I said, 19 albums here and it is an excellent way to get everything in one place.
I highly recommend this set
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great music 19 Dec 2013
Format:Audio CD
Can't complain with music but have to say it would have been nice to have a bonus disc of tracks from the best of albums none of them tracks feature here and also maybe a live gig

There are a few bonus tracks on some of the albums

The box set looks great in picture but when arrives is thin cardboard no book no extras no thrills would have been great to really do this set of music justice even with a live DVD

As said music is great but the label have put no effort into this release
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little less impressive for the true Mellencamp fan - but still a nice set 19 Dec 2013
By T. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan since late Fall of 1979. "I Need A Lover" was it and I've owned all Mellencamp albums/CDs/Tapes days after their release (except Trouble No More).

I was not impressed with the 2005 releases, except for the availability of A Biography (1978). Most all of the bonus tracks were crap, but at least John got some attention paid to him that was finally due.

I do love the sound of this set. I appreciate the work that was put into these new remasters, but again, much like the 2005 re-issues, the bonus tracks lack in every aspect. Most of us truest die hard fans are looking for "Cold Sweat", "Pretty Ballerina", "Sham Lama Ding Dong", etc. The true treasures would be those b-sides as bonus cuts - especially "Shama Lama Ding Dong" and "Never Too Old" (both from Lonesome Jubilee).

Only the truest die hard (and neurotic) fans would bitch about the lack of John's MainMan material, but I'm forgiving about that here. No one really needs any of those two albums, unless you are looking for historical pieces to add to your Mellencamp collection. But believe me, we'd s*** some major bricks if those were included and jump all over this set in a New York minute. I'd go as high as $200 for those two CDs, A Biography, real B-Sides and Falling From Grace. Absolutely. No questions asked.

However, again, like the 2005 re-issues, there is a bonus release. This time in the form of that long awaited re-issue of Falling From Grace (Larry's "Whiskey burning" has never sounded so good and "Sweet Suzanne" is almost like those b-side treasures we are once again denied). I lost my Falling From Grace CD sometime in the 90's and haven't replaced it. It was nice to finally hear it unlike ever before. And although not a great album, the two aforementioned tracks are worth owning it.

The sound quality is awesome - much better than the 2005 re-issues. The set is missing one great CD (A Biography), but added another (Falling From Grace). The bonus tracks are crappy again (well, except for "Take Home Pay" and "Latest Game"). The packaging is less than impressive, but I do appreciate John getting some more attention his music deserves. I do wish it was more complete with those amazing b-sides.

It's worth the price for the sound quality and Falling From Grace alone. For me, 99% of the time, John gets a 4 to 5 star rating - except Trouble No More (which I'm hoping will age better in time).
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Huge Disapointment 23 Jan 2014
By David MacDougald - Published on Amazon.com
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The Albums, Of Course are superb. As A box set it is a huge disapointment. It not only misses the first 2 albums (not licenced or owned by Riva/Mercury. Also mising is the second Riva album issued in the U.K.. Also missing are all the 'One Off's' which appeared as 'B' sides, track included on 'Tribute' Albums and movie soundtrack contributions. Recording like (a) Baby, Please Don't Go (b) Do Re Mi (c) Gamblin' Bar Room Blues (d) Sham-a-lama Ding Dong, and the list goes on. There are rare tracks from the Rural Route box, The Perfect Storm OST.
The box is the worst quality cardboard and twis the size it needs to be to house the discs, and with absolutely no notation of any kind. A booklet summerising the recording,giving a little bio info. on the contributing,musicians as well as the main character.
An excellent example of why the lack of interest in owning CD's as opposed to downlading is the flavour de jour.
So much for so little cost could have made this an interesting set to own, but...
5.0 out of 5 stars definitely one of america's best 26 Feb 2014
By mark richards - Published on Amazon.com
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forget the rather slight packaging and concentrate on musical content. mellencamp's musical growth over the decades is more than impressive and in my humble opinion places him above many considered in the upper echelon of American artists. actually more consistent in his growth than springsteen or dylan in the last ten years with songs that truly stick with you and deceptively simple lyrics. there is a warmth and sincerity to his compositions that draws you into them and them into you. the remastering is good though not necessarily new, and the entire set is inviting and comfortable. highly recommended to fans old and new.
5.0 out of 5 stars ** WARNING ** Problem Found 16 Feb 2014
By Jesse David Black - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Check your "John Mellencamp" CD, my plays "Cuttin' Heads". My "Life, Death. Love and Freedom" plays "Life, Death, LIVE and Freedom", the live album, which isn't even offered with this set. I sent UME an email notifying them of the problem. I'm waiting for their reply. In the meantime check your CDs, all of them, to assure you have what you should have. I'll update this posting once I hear back from UME. Peace Out.

UPDATE **** UME sent me the correct replacements saying that they were aware some box sets had my problem but they had thought they had caught all the bad ones before they hit the stores but somehow, at least, one got through. Mine. But now I have a remastered Love, Death, Live and Freedom in my set: 20 discs instead of 19 discs. I came out on top. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 9 Feb 2014
By Roddy Grim - Published on Amazon.com
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Simply one of the most thoughtful, down-to-earth singer/songwriters out there. From beginning to end, you will get songs that force one to think about their place in their world and what we can do to make it better. This has everything from pop songs to more stripped-down styles. Wonderful lyrics backed by an incredible band.
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