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THE BEST THAT I COULD DO
Released - 1997 on Mercury Records. Produced by John Mellencamp & Don Gehmam, except Track 1 producted by John Punter; Track 2 producted by Steve Crooper; Track 14 producted by John Mellencamp & Mike Wanchic
John Mellencamp - Lead & Backing Vocals, Guitars
Larry Crane - Guitars, Harmonica, Backing Vocals
Mick Ronson - Guitar & Backing Vocals on Track 4
When John Mellencamp put out his first album in 1976 (going by the name of Johnny Cougar, which was forced on him by his manager), some called him a clone of Bruce Springsteen. Although he never had the huge success of Springsteen, for myself anyway, I liked Mellencamp better. Mellencamp sure knew how to write great pop songs, that was for sure, and his early writing style reminded me more of Bob Seager than Springsteen.
This greatest hits LP is just that, full of powerful songs with a real classic rock beat, even if he and his band never looked much like a bunch of rockers. It is hard for me to pick a favorite out of this group of songs, perhaps it's "Authority Song", a song about resisting the establishment and always coming up short because of that stance (boy could I relate). "Small Town" is just as good and another song I could relate to, as I was living in smallsville Telluride, Colorado when it came out. Or maybe "Pink Houses" is the best of the bunch, released in 1983 as a statement on how unfair life in the USA was for most of its people.
It is because of songs like the ones that show up on this LP, why so many people could connect with Mellencamp, he wrote his songs as he saw things and he is a realist when it comes to what he writes about.
- Keno 2005
To listen to some soundclips from BEST THAT I COULD DO or to purchase it click on:The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988
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