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On The Rural Route 7609 - Special Edition [Box set, Special Edition]

John Mellencamp Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Special Edition
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Longest DaysJohn Mellencamp 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Grandma's ThemeJohn Mellencamp0:570.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Rural RouteJohn Mellencamp 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Jackie BrownJohn Mellencamp 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Rain On The ScarecrowJohn Mellencamp 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Jim Crow (Read By Cornell West)John Mellencamp0:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jim CrowJohn Mellencamp 3:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Big Daddy Of Them AllJohn Mellencamp 3:320.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Deep Blue Heart [feat. Trisha Yearwood]John Mellencamp 3:21Album Only
Listen10. ForgivenessJohn Mellencamp 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Don't Need This BodyJohn Mellencamp 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Jenny At 16John Mellencamp 1:59Album Only
Listen13. Jack & Diane (Writing Demo)John Mellencamp 1:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Jack & DianeJohn Mellencamp 4:170.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Real LifeJoanne Woodward 2:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Ghost Towns Along The HighwayJohn Mellencamp 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Full CatastropheJohn Mellencamp 4:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Authority Song (Writing Demo)John Mellencamp 1:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Troubled LandJohn Mellencamp 3:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. To WashingtonJohn Mellencamp 3:10Album Only
Listen  7. Our Country (Alternative Version)John Mellencamp 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Country GentlemanJohn Mellencamp 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Freedom's RoadJohn Mellencamp 4:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Mr. Bellows (Remixed Version)John Mellencamp 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Rodeo ClownJohn Mellencamp 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Love And HappinessJohn Mellencamp 3:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Pink HousesJohn Mellencamp 4:440.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 3:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. If I Die Sudden (Live)John Mellencamp 5:410.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. SomedayJohn Mellencamp 3:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Between A Laugh And A TearJohn Mellencamp 2:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Void In My HeartJohn Mellencamp 2:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Death LetterJohn Mellencamp 6:10Album Only
Listen  6. Sugar MarieJohn Mellencamp 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Theo And Weird HenryJohn Mellencamp 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. When Jesus Left Birmingham (Single Version) [feat. Sounds Of Blackness]John Mellencamp 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. L.U.V.John Mellencamp 3:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Thank YouJohn Mellencamp 3:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Women SeemJohn Mellencamp 5:16Album Only
Listen12. The World Don't Bother Me NoneJohn Mellencamp 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Cherry Bomb (Writing Demo)John Mellencamp 3:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Someday The Rains Will FallJohn Mellencamp 4:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. A Ride Back HomeJohn Mellencamp 3:120.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 4:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. My AeroplaneJohn Mellencamp 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Colored LightsJohn Mellencamp 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Just Like YouJohn Mellencamp 4:03Album Only
Listen  4. Young Without LoversJohn Mellencamp 2:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. To M.G. (Wherever She May Be)John Mellencamp 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sweet Evening BreezeJohn Mellencamp 4:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. What If I Came KnockingJohn Mellencamp 5:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. County FairJohn Mellencamp 3:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Peaceful WorldJohn Mellencamp 3:14Album Only
Listen10. Your Life Is NowJohn Mellencamp 4:00Album Only
Listen11. For The ChildrenJohn Mellencamp 4:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Rural Route (Unreleased Version)John Mellencamp 3:560.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

CD Description

On the Rural Route 7609 is a four-CD career retrospective of John Mellencamp (1976-2009) housed in deluxe box set packaging. Unlike typical box sets that tend to offer a chronological presentation of hits and near-hits, the 54 tracks included in the collection are presented, in essence, as four albums with songs juxtaposed in a manner that offers the listener the experience of hearing them in a context that sheds new light on them.

As well as the four CDs, the package includes:
  • 72 -page ‘coffee-table style’ hard-bound, chipboard cover, hand-sewn book!
  • Songs hand-picked and sequenced by Mellencamp himself and featuring an in-depth track-by-track commentary by John inside the book (with full lyrics reprinted).
  • Extensive never-before-seen images of John Mellencamp, as well as shots that are integral to his life.
  • Much of the material has never been released, songs are remixed, reworked, and alternate versions of John’s hit songs and favorite songs are included.

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Our product to treat is a regular product. There is not the imitation. From Japan by the surface mail because is sent out, take it until arrival as 7-14 day. Thank you for you seeing it.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotdogs & Hamburgers & some duplication 17 Jun 2010
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John Mellencamp's box set comes at a time when his critical star is high, his last few albums have seen JM honing his craft into the American Heartland which was evident on 1987's magnificent Lonesome Jubilee. There's some interesting out takes & new songs here BUT this box set commits the usual sin of too many songs we've heard before and not enough unreleased songs. I've been a fan for many years and this box set is a great addition to his work and will be for fans ONLY. With a new record due in August JM shows no sign of hanging up his hat - just like his Farm Aiders Neil Young & Willie Nelson.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I started listening to John Mellencamp when I was 16.
They were the early 80s. He was called the Cougar and I still thought that life would have been peaches and cream.
I was aiming to become a rock'n'roll star and I started playing my guitar learning his tunes: pearls like "Jack & Diane", "Play Guitar", "Pink Houses" and many more.
It was another America, not the President Reagan's optimistic one. The America I was listening to, among John Mellencamp's songs, was angry, faithless, betrayed but still breathing...
Kenny Aronoff's drumming was dry, with his high tuned snare drum cutting the air the same way it did with a child's soul...
It was the essence of Rock'n'Roll (and it still is), in search of the American folk roots, to arrive to its very soul.
Every Mellencamp's album go to the heart of America: the struggling, undefended one. He still reaches this heart and the "Rural Route" Anthology captures with a real intensity much more that an artist's career: it's a long, honest, cut-like-a-knife walk along the real America, the farmers' one. The one built by men with a dream of life, redemption, faith and that in the 80s they were losing everything the worked for.
In my opinion, John Mellencamp shows us that he's still working on his dream: he really can stand beside Ideals he thinks are right, And He can stand beside The idea to stand and fight.
I guess he's honest when he writes "I do believe there's a dream for everyone".
Rare outtakes, demo songs (among all the early acoustic sessions of "Authority Song" and "Jack & Diane": stunning).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Life 28 Oct 2010
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What a great selection this is.

I'm really a Springsteen fan but John Mellencamp has, over the years, delivered big time on more occasions than not. This collection provides a superb overview of a great career, without simply regurgitating the same old stuff. I urge you to check it out.

One fantastic highlight: Joanne Woodward reciting the lyrics to 'The Real Life'. Absolutely mesmerising and the strongest evidence that JM is a wonderful lyricist.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 12 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is a great selection of songs from a much underrated artist
(in the UK anyway)maybe everyone thinks John Mellencamp is Jack and Diane
and nothing else,
well I can assure you he is not he is up there with the best American
singer songwriters of our time.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "On The Rural Route 7609". 15 Jun 2010
By M. Mariba - Published on
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When John Mellencamp first announced this project on his official website in 2009, the impression I got was that John Mellencanp had many unreleased songs (thought he had more than 17 songs for a 4 CD box set!) that were overlooked (against the hits) in previous album releases [15 December 2009, year-end conversation with John Mellencamp, official website]. This to me was reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen's 1998 release "The Tracks" (4 CD Box Set), where previously unreleased songs predominated. However, "On The Rural Route 7609" has 37 mainly acoustic/demo versions of previously released songs and only 17 (new) previously unreleased songs. The predominent acoustic/demo versions of songs on this 4 CD/BOOK box set however fits very well with John Mellencamp's two previous mellow releases "Freedom's Road" (2007) & "Life Death Love & Freedom" (2008). I also see that John Mellencamp is releasing a new studio album "No Better Than This" on 17 August 2010, may be another reason why only 17 new songs are on the this box set! If you like John Mellencamp's music you will like/enjoy this release "On The Rural Route 7609". The book is a 72 page filled delight with dozens of rare photos of John Mellencamp & the band, lyrics & track by track commentary by John Mellencamp himself. The box set is however too pricey for the product released (as compared to other similar releases on Amazon and elsewhere), would have been justified perhaps if it was predominantly new songs. "On The Rural Route 7609" a 4 CD/BOOK box set thus deserves 3,5 stars!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Expensive...Not Enough Music 16 Jun 2010
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I love John Mellencamp and I love the music on this Box Set. I own every Mellencamp Album from Scarecrow onward including his hits collections. What disgusts me on this item is that there is not even 4 hours of music spread across 4 cd's. That is horrible considering the amount of remixed and live material that is out there. I mean really $80.00??? And that is the sale price. They/he should have issued TWO versions...One for those who just want the music for around $40.00 and one that is more expensive for the hardcore fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection, wonderful packaging 1 Aug 2010
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Reading many of these "reviews" I get this impression: "With hard-core fans like these who needs enemies?"
I'm not a hard-core fan, but I can tell that this was obviously a labor of love for John Mellencamp. This release is not about which songs were included, and which songs that weren't. This is not a traditional retrospective, and it was never meant to be. It is, however, a wonderful selection of Mellencamp's body of work, an excellent alternative approach to a more traditional box set, and the packaging is simply beautiful. I wouldn't want to be without it, and I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mellencamp Fans Rejoice! 22 Jan 2012
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Folks, if you are a real John Mellencamp fan this is the set for you. I've purchased some of his other compilation CD's and been disappointed by the song selection and staleness of some of the hit material from the "Cougar" days. These songs are deep and sometimes dark and not always so pretty, but isn't the real life sometimes that way? The demos alone are worth the price and my new favorite song ever is "Jenny At Sixteen" which is a very raw demo for "Jack and Diane" with some strange twists on the famous lyrics we've all come to know and love. The bonuses are never ending and include a song by song break down of each song by the artist himself. This is the best musical purchase I've ever made short of a mammoth pair of Omega speakers purchased the year American Fool was released. Buy this set!! Preview some songs here at, click on Radio show and listen to the shows dated 2-17 and 2-24.
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5.0 out of 5 stars John Mellencamp's On the Rural Route 7609 in 5 Sentences or Fewer 12 Sep 2010
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With the phenomenal On The Rural Route 7609, Mellencamp gives us his songwriter's collection rather than his greatest hits collection (although a few hits do show up). Here he focused on using his craft to create a rural landscape in your mind's eye and the feel of a simple life in your heart. The music is roots rock at its finest with many of the songs being stripped back to demos or re-recorded solo acoustic versions.

If you want a vacation for $29, do this: buy On the Rural Route 7609, play it through your headphones, and relax for a 3 hour and 19 minutes trip through rural America. This box set is the true "best of Mellencamp" and makes it very clear how he earned his place in the Hall of Fame.
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