John Mellencamp Scarecrow on 180g LP
Cut from the Original Analog Master Tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
John Mellencamp's career in music, spanning more than 35 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly regarded songwriters of a generation and The Voice of The Heartland. Five Mellencamp albums will be reissued on 180g vinyl in June 2016 by Mercury/UMe. New lacquers for American Fool, Uh-Huh, Scarecrow, The Lonesome Jubilee, and Big Daddy were cut from their original analog master tapes by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, with the LPs manufactured by Record Industry. The albums will be available individually and gathered in a 5LP box set, The Vinyl Collection 1982-1989.
1985's five-times platinum Scarecrow found John Mellencamp truly coming into his own in terms of his songwriting and the definitive version of his blue-collar sound. An ode to small-town America and specifically the plight of the American farmer, Scarecrow peaked at #2 and produced three Top 10 hits with the anthemic "R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.," and the heartland homages "Lonely Ol' Night" and "Small Town."
Scarecrow occupies that rarefied air in music of balancing commercial appeal with a strong universal message. Featuring some of the most reflective storytelling of Mellencamp's career, the loose concept album also includes such powerfully evocative classics as "Rumbleseat" and "Rain on the Scarecrow." Most importantly, the album would help bring the singer/songwriter together with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in launching Farm Aid which remains into effect to this day.