The Best That I Could Do
Greatest hits album by John Mellencamp
November 18, 1997
at AIR Studios ( London, England), Cherokee Studios ( Los Angeles, California), Criteria Studios ( Miami, Florida), TRC Studios ( Indianapolis, Indiana), The Shack ( Brownstown, Indiana), Belmont Mall ( Nashville, Indiana) 
58: 51 
John Punter, Steve Cropper, John Mellencamp, Don Gehman, Mike Wanchic 
John Mellencamp chronology
is the first The Best That I Could Do 1978–1988 greatest hits compilation album by American singer-songwriter John Mellencamp, released by Mercury Records in 1997 (see 1997 in music). It compiles Mellencamp's most popular material recorded during his first decade with Riva and Mercury Records, beginning with 1978's , up through 1987's A Biography , with a new recording of The Lonesome Jubilee Terry Reid's "Without Expression." Mellencamp picked the songs for the album and also came up with the title for the album. The album reached #33 on the  . Billboard 200 This album and  came about because, after leaving Mercury Records for Rough Harvest Columbia Records, Mellencamp still owed the label two more albums. 
Reception [ edit ]
Stephen Thomas Erlewine said that the album's title was suitable and while it did not include all of Mellencamp's hits, it is a good summary of Mellencamp's "remarkably consistent" work.  Robert Christgau described it as the best of John Mellencamp, which to him is not saying much.  gave the album a "B" rating, describing it as "uncomplicated but sophisticated." Entertainment Weekly 
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and composed by
John Mellencamp, except where noted.
Japanese Version [ edit ]
The version released in Japan features two additional songs ("Miami" and a cover of "Under the Boardwalk," tracks 2 and 15, respectively), and places "Lonely Ol' Night" before "Authority Song."
Personnel [ edit ]
Per liner notes 
John Mellencamp (a.k.a. "Little Bastard" on some tracks) – vocals, songwriter, producer Larry Crane –
guitars, harmonica, background vocals, flutophone Tom Knowles –
drums on "I Need a Lover" Robert "Ferd" Frank –
bass, background vocals on "I Need a Lover" Brian Bekvar –
keyboards on "I Need a Lover"
John Punter – producer, engineer on "I Need a Lover"
Rick Shlosser – drums on "Ain't Even Done with the Night" Mike Wanchic – guitars, background vocals; producer on "Without Expression"
Kenny Aronoff – vibes on "Ain't Even Done with the Night", drums, background vocals, hammer dulcimer Eric Rosser – keyboards
Steve Cropper – producer on "Ain't Even Done with the Night"
Bruce Robb – engineer on "Ain't Even Done with the Night"
Dee Robb – engineer on "Ain't Even Done with the Night"
George "Chocolate" Perry – bass on "Hurts So Good" Dave Parman – background vocals on "Hurts So Good"
Don Gehman – producer/engineer on "Hurts So Good" thru "Check It Out" George Tutko – engineer on "Hurts So Good"
Mick Ronson – guitar and background vocals on "Jack and Diane" Toby Myers – bass, background vocals
Carroll Sue Hill – keyboards, background vocals
Greg Edward – engineer
David Thoener – engineer on "Pink Houses"
Sarah Flint – background vocals on "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A."
John Cascella – keyboards,
Lisa Germano – violin Pat Peterson – background vocals
Crystal Taliefero – background vocals Dane Clark – drums on "Without Expression"
Miriam Sturm – violin on "Without Expression"
Andy York – guitars, background vocals on "Without Expression"
Moe Z – keyboards, background vocals on "Without Expression"
Corsillo/Manzobe-Design Monsters –
art direction Paul Jasmin –
Chart performance [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
RIAA - US
December 15, 1997
ARIA - Australia
RIAA - US
July 20, 1998
ARIA - Australia
 2x Multi-Platinum
RIAA - US
 3x Platinum
March 19, 2002
References [ edit ]