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!