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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 (11 Feb. 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FMJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Paper In Fire
2. Down & Out In Paradise
3. Check It Out
4. The Real Life
5. Cherry Bomb
6. We Are The People
7. Empty Hands
8. Hard Times For An Honest Man
9. Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
10. Rooty Toot Toot

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John Mellencamp ~ John Mellencamp: Lonesome Jubil

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Mellencamp's eighth album was released six years into Reagan's presidency. Lonesome's downtrodden characters call for equality and justice, accentuated by instruments such as penny whistle and fiddle. Far from being gloomy, from Paper in Fire onwards this album is a rocker, a philosophical treatise and a singalong all in one.
Lonesome is more complete than John's previous best - Scarecrow - and it sets the high standard that nearly every subsequent album has met. Having said that, none of this later work, apart from Big Daddy, and only Scarecrow (the song) and Little Pink Houses before, create such identifiable and believable characters who share their personal histories in every song on the Lonesome Jubilee.
Despite the cries for help, hope, fairness and justice, the album leaves the listener optimistic. If you haven't heard the Lonesome Jubilee either buy the album now or borrow Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath from the library tomorrow.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
It is a strange feeling when you are listening this album you recognize it immediately as a very basic rock album but still the melodies are so catchy that any pop-artist would be envious. This album has the roughness and soul of rock album and the flow of the best pop. Still this is definitely a rock album and if you don't own it yet you haven't heard what rock could be at it's best!
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By G. K. on 9 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is my second favourite album by John Mellencamp, who had to keep adding the nickname `Cougar' to his own, since his first manager had forced him to start under the name Johnny Cougar in 1976! This LP was one of his most successful worldwide, with 4 singles released from it. I love most of the tracks; my very favourite is `Empty Hands' **** co-written with JM's long-time collaborator George Green (now deceased): it has a subtle pathos to it, it pulls at my heart everytime, it sounds as if it is going to go upbeat and rise, but it remains just under the surface with a desperation that is perfectly understated, if not by the words, by the tune and the folk violin.
The overall sound or genre here is folk rock with a variety of traditional instruments such as mandolin, banjo, dobro, dulcimer, fiddle, harmonica, penny whistle, accordion, melodica, autoharp, claves, cowbell, tambourine... and surprisingly a saxophone too. You could say it was the fashion at the time, but here it is perfectly crafted and does not sound over-produced or fake. The previous album in 1985 was a rock album containing many songs about the social problems facing Americans, especially in the countryside, it was full of anger and disappointment. With this one, JM raises some more global issues I feel; in other words people around the world could and did relate to it. I grew up in Continental Europe and English was not my native tongue, however this album really got my heart beating stronger at the time. Moreover, it has aged well, it is still very warm and loving, full of compassionate ideas springing from all the disappointed lives Mellencamp describes in his songs. Yes, the lyrics are uncovering some tough experiences, there is hurt everywhere.
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By PJT79 on 24 Jun. 2012
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After having got into JCM after "Jack and Diane" I wanted more of the same guitar driven Americana. While this doesn't wholly tick that box, it is a superb listen.
There's not a dud on here. Guitar solos are generally replaced by fiddle and accordian and these really get under your skin, so you'll be humming them for days. I owned this on cassette, transferred it to digital, and have now finally got the CD which I haven't stopped playing since it arrived.
Stand out tracks: "Check it out", Cherry Bomb" and "Rooty Toot Toot".
There are lyrics (and tunes) here that will have you reminiscing, regretting and raising the roof. Awesome.
If you want JCM rocking out with guitars try "Whenever we wanted", "Scarecrow" or "Uh-Huh". Or the one that raised his profile in the UK - "American Fool".
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John Cougar Mellencamp has been overlooked by the british public almost all of his career ( shame on you ) This is him at his angry and honest and best - (like springsteen) he speaks up for the ordinary folk with his bluesy folk rock. I was lucky to see him on this tour in Australia in 1988 " HE ROCKED " .In my humble view this is his best album also my favourite - so if you want to invest in a class album this is one of them... satisfaction guarenteed
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