Rough Harvest [Bonus Track]

Rough Harvest [Bonus Track]

by John Cougar Mellencamp

CD(Bonus Tracks / Repackaged)

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When John Mellencamp left Mercury Records for Columbia in 1997, he owed his longtime label two more albums -- one was a hits collection (The Best That I Could Do), the other was Rough Harvest. Not quite a rarities collection, not quite a live album, Rough Harvest offers a selection of acoustic arrangements of Mellencamp's personal favorites (which happen to lean toward album tracks from the '90s), plus several covers recorded live at his studio, Belmont Mall, in 1997. On paper, this may seem like it's nothing more than a toss-off, just a way to fulfill contractual obligations, but it doesn't play that way. There's a warm feeling to the performances -- a nice, loose, off-the-cuff feeling that enhances the emotions in these low-key, subtly crafted songs. The newer songs benefit from this setting, as do familiar hits like "Rain on the Scarecrow" and "Jackie Brown" and the covers of "In My Time of Dying," "Farewell Angelina," "Under the Boardwalk," and "Wild Night." This may be a gentle difference that only devoted fans will notice, but that's who this album was made for, and they'll undoubtedly enjoy this intimate record. [The 2005 reissue of Rough Harvest contained one bonus track: a version of Willie Dixon's "Seventh Son" recorded at Chess Studios in 1989.]

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602498823521
catalogNumber: 000478702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mellencamp   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dane Clark   Drums
Meshell Ndegeocello   Vocals
Toby Myers   Bass
Mike Wanchic   Guitar
Andy York   Guitar
Miriam Sturm   Violin
Moe Z   Keyboards
Janas Hoyt   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Don Gehman   Producer
George Green   Composer
Paul Mahern   Engineer
John Mellencamp   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Van Morrison   Composer
Mike Wanchic   Producer,Audio Production
Vartan   Art Direction
Traditional   Composer
Timothy White   Liner Notes
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Arthur Resnick   Composer

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