Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits

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Words & Music: Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by John Mellencamp
Released October 19, 2004
Recorded 1977-2004
Genre Rock
Length 2:27:41
Label Island/UTV
Producer Malcolm Burn
Steve Cropper
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Don Gehman
David Leonard
John Mellencamp
Paul Mahern
John Punter
Junior Vasquez
Mike Wanchic
John Mellencamp chronology
Trouble No More
(2003)
Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits
(2004)
Freedom's Road
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
411mania.com (9/10)[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (mixed)[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[5]

Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits is a greatest hits album by American rock and roll artist John Mellencamp. This 2-disc set was released October 19, 2004 on the Island and UTV Records labels.[2]

Initial pressings of the album included a bonus DVD that contained the music videos for "Crumblin' Down," "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.", "Rain On The Scarecrow," "Check It Out" and "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Mellencamp, except where noted.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Walk Tall" – 3:45
    • (previously unreleased)
  2. "Pink Houses" – 4:45
  3. "Lonely Ol' Night" – 3:46
  4. "Jackie Brown" – 4:03
  5. "Rain on the Scarecrow" (Mellencamp, George M. Green) – 3:46
  6. "Love and Happiness" – 3:54
  7. "Check It Out" – 4:21
  8. "Peaceful World" – 4:06
  9. "Paper in Fire" – 3:52
    • (from The Lonesome Jubilee, 1987)
  10. "Your Life Is Now" (Mellencamp, Green) – 3:59
  11. "Human Wheels" (Mellencamp, Green) – 5:36
  12. "When Jesus Left Birmingham" – 5:16
    • (from Human Wheels, 1993)
  13. "Authority Song" – 3:50
    • (from Uh-Huh, 1983)
  14. "What If I Came Knocking" – 5:06
    • (from Human Wheels, 1993)
  15. "Crumblin' Down" (Mellencamp, Green) – 3:36
    • (from Uh-Huh, 1983)
  16. "Small Town" – 3:42
    • (from Scarecrow, 1985)
  17. "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." – 2:55
    • (from Scarecrow, 1985)
  18. "Cherry Bomb" – 4:49
    • (from The Lonesome Jubilee, 1987)
  19. "Pop Singer" – 2:46
    • (from Big Daddy, 1989)

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Thank You" – 3:38
    • (previously unreleased)
  2. "Martha Say" – 3:43
    • (from Big Daddy, 1989)
  3. "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)" (Mellencamp, Green) – 4:54
  4. "Hand to Hold On to" – 3:25
  5. "I Need a Lover" – 5:36
  6. "Hurts So Good" (Mellencamp, Green) – 3:41
    • (from American Fool, 1982)
  7. "Get a Leg Up" – 3:47
    • (from Whenever We Wanted, 1991)
  8. "Wild Night" (Van Morrison) – 3:28
  9. "Dance Naked" – 3:01
    • (from Dance Naked, 1994)
  10. "Teardrops Will Fall" (David Allard, Marion Smith) – 4:20
  11. "Ain't Even Done with the Night" – 4:38
  12. "Just Another Day" – 3:31
    • (from Mr. Happy Go Lucky, 1996)
  13. "Jack and Diane" – 4:17
    • (from American Fool, 1982)
  14. "Rumbleseat" – 2:59
    • (from Scarecrow, 1985)
  15. "I'm Not Running Anymore" – 3:27
    • (from John Mellencamp, 1998)
  16. "Again Tonight" – 3:18
    • (from Whenever We Wanted, 1991)
  17. "This Time" – 4:20
    • (from Nothin' Matters and What If It Did, 1980)
  18. "Now More Than Ever" – 3:43
    • (from Whenever We Wanted, 1991)

Personnel on 2004 tracks[edit]

"Walk Tall"[edit]

  • John Mellencamp - lead vocals
  • Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds - guitar, background vocals
  • Reggie Hamilton - bass
  • Ricky Lawson - drums
  • Michael Ramos - organ
  • Miriam Sturm - violin
  • Andy York - guitar

"Thank You"[edit]

  • John Mellencamp - lead vocals
  • Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds - guitar, background vocals
  • Ricky Lawson - drums
  • Michael Ramos - organ, background vocals
  • Miriam Sturm - violin
  • Mike Wanchic - guitar, background vocals
  • Andy York - guitar, background vocals
  • Jane McLeod - background vocals
  • Sonja Rasmussen - background vocals
  • Laurie Robert-Glug - background vocals
  • Susan Swaney - background vocals

References[edit]

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