JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP – ” Scarecrow ” Box Set

Posted: September 24, 2022 in MUSIC

This newly remixed & remastered edition of John Mellencamp’s “Scarecrow” features the original album, a full disc of rare & previously unreleased tracks, ATMOS, and new hi-resolution stereo mix of the album + bonus tracks in hi-resolution stereo on Blu-ray Disc, a 180g half-speed LP, an original picture sleeve of the “Small Town” 7” single, booklet, lithographs, poster and an all-new essay by Anthony DeCurtis. The release includes two previously unreleased versions, “Small Town (Writer’s Demo)” and “Small Town (Acoustic Version)”. The boxset including 2 CDs of newly remixed and remastered songs plus previously unreleased bonus tracks and alternate versions, a booklet full of rare photographs and all new liner notes by acclaimed author and music critic Anthony DeCurtis.

Scarecrow” is the eighth studio album by John Mellencamp. Released in August 1985, The album contained three Top 10 hits, for Mellencamp : “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” “Lonely Ol’ Night” and “Small Town”.   Rolling Stone magazine ranked “Scarecrow” on its list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s, saying: “Scarecrow” consolidated the band’s rugged, roots-rock thrash and the ongoing maturation of Mellencamp’s lyrics.

The band spent a month in rehearsals, playing over a hundred rock and roll songs from the 1960s before going into the studio. According to the record’s producer, Don Gehman, the idea was to “learn all these devices from the past and use them in a new way with John’s arrangements.” The album was recorded at Mellencamp’s own “Belmont Mall” studio in Belmont, Indiana.

The overall theme of the album is the fading of the American dream in the face of corporate greed, songs such as “Face of the Nation,” “Minutes to Memories” and “Small Town” have a “bittersweet, reflective tone. The single “Rain on a Scarecrow” that it’s “solid, riveting rock and roll from an American treasure” and represents an “impassioned plea on behalf of America’s small farmers.

 “Scarecrow” (through Mercury/Island/UME) on November 4th. 

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