John Mellencamp (album)

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John Mellencamp
Studio album by John Mellencamp
Released October 6, 1998
Recorded 1998
Genre Rock
Length 45:56
Label Columbia
Producer John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp chronology
The Best That I Could Do 1978-1988
(1997)
John Mellencamp
(1998)
Rough Harvest
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B [2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

John Mellencamp is an album by American singer-songwriter and musician John Mellencamp, released in 1998. It was the first of three albums Mellencamp would record for Columbia Records. "On this record, we ended up quite a bit away from where we started," Mellencamp told Guitar World Acoustic in 1998. "Initially, I wanted to make a record that barely had drums on it. Donovan made a record (in 1966), Sunshine Superman, and I wanted to start with that same kind of vibe—Eastern, very grand stories, fairy tales. We ended up with a few Eastern instruments. But everybody prepared to make that record. After the last tour, I gave everybody Sunshine Superman, and I said: 'Listen to this record, because you're going to need to know it.'"

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fruit Trader" (Mellencamp) - 3:57
  2. "Your Life Is Now" (Mellencamp/Green) - 3:59
  3. "Positively Crazy" (Mellencamp/Green/York) - 4:09
  4. "I'm Not Running Anymore" (Mellencamp) - 3:26
  5. "It All Comes True" (Mellencamp/Green) - 3:58
  6. "Eden Is Burning" (Mellencamp) - 3:50
  7. "Where The World Began" (Mellencamp/Green) - 3:29
  8. "Miss Missy" (Mellencamp) - 3:40
  9. "Chance Meeting At The Tarantula" (Mellencamp) - 4:05
  10. "Break Me Off Some" (Mellencamp/Moe Z M.D./Green) - 4:10
  11. "Summer Of Love" (Mellencamp/York) - 4:01
  12. "Days Of Farewell" (Mellencamp/Myers) - 3:12

Personnel[edit]

  • John Mellencamp - vocals, guitar
  • Dane Clark - drums, percussion
  • Toby Myers - bass, vocals
  • Miriam Sturm - violin, keys, vocals
  • Mike Wanchic - guitars, vocals
  • Andy York - guitars, Indian instruments, keys, vocals
  • Moe Z M.D. - keys, loops, vocals

Troye Kinnett - keys, accordion, vocals

With[edit]

  • Lisa Germano - violin, harmonica
  • Janas Hoyt - vocals
  • Killa - vocals
  • Stan Lynch - drums
  • Pat Peterson - vocals
  • Vess "Elvis" Ruhtenberg - bass
  • Jimmy Ryser - vocals
  • Izzy Stradlin - guitar, vocals

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (America)[4]

Year Chart Position
October 24, 1998 The Billboard 200 41

Singles - Billboard (America)[5]

Year Single Chart Position
1998 "Your Life Is Now" Mainstream Rock Tracks 15
Adult Contemporary 19
1999 "I'm Not Running Anymore" Mainstream Rock Tracks 37
Adult Contemporary 22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Rolling Stone review
  4. ^ Billboard.com - Discography - John Mellencamp - John Mellencamp[dead link]
  5. ^ Billboard.com - Artist Chart History - John Mellencamp