Tuesday, February 15, 2022

John Mellencamp - Mr. Happy Go Lucky (1996)

John Mellencamp - Mr. Happy Go Lucky (1996)

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"Overture" (Mellencamp; arranged by Miriam Sturm) – 1:56

"Jerry" – 4:24

"Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)" (Mellencamp, George M. Green) – 4:54

"Just Another Day" – 3:28

"This May Not Be The End of the World" (Mellencamp, Green) – 5:29

"Emotional Love" (Toby Myers) – 3:20

"Mr. Bellows" – 4:26

"The Full Catastrophe" – 3:11

"Circling Around The Moon" (Mellencamp, Green) – 5:48

"Large World Turning" – 3:55

"Jackamo Road" – 1:37

"Life Is Hard" – 3:15

"What If I Came Knocking?" (live) (2005 re-issue bonus track) – 5:26

John Mellencamp Band Members / Musicians

John Mellencamp – vocals, guitar

Mike Wanchic – guitars, dobro, background vocals, mellotron, organ, mandolin

Andy York – guitars, background vocals, chamberlain, organ, harmonica, mandolin, mellotron, percussion

Toby Myers – bass, background vocals, keyboards, percussion

Kenny Aronoff – drums, percussion, loops, vibes

Moe Z M.D. – loops, organ, backing vocals

Raphael Saadiq – bass, backing vocals

Miriam Sturm – violin

Milton Davis – bass

Jimmy Ryser – violin, backing vocals

Lonnie Pitchford – slide guitar

Pat Peterson – backing vocals

Jeff Pedersen – organ

Harvey Phillips – tuba

Tim Riggins – trombone

Dennis Riggins – saxophone

Mr. Happy Go Lucky is the 14th album by American singer-songwriter and musician John Mellencamp. It was released on September 10, 1996. It was his first album released after his heart attack in 1994. Mellencamp's music on the album is said to reflect his brush with death. The album was recorded in Belmont, Indiana, in Mellencamp's Belmont Mall recording studio. The first single from the album, "Key West Intermezzo (I Saw You First)," peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is his last Top 40 single in the United States to date. "Just Another Day" was the album's second single and stalled at No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Mellencamp told the Associated Press of his concept for Mr. Happy Go Lucky: "When we started making this record, I thought I'd marry the rhythm of black music of the '90s, which is rap, and the sounds of black blues music of the '30s and '40s. We'd have Robert Johnson-type guitar licks playing with this rap rhythm underneath it. It didn't always work out that way, but that's the place we started from."

An outtake from Mr. Happy Go Lucky, "All Night Talk Radio," was included on Mellencamp's 2017 album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies.

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