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On the Rural Route 7609 (4CD+Book) [Special Edition]

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Release date NZ
July 19th, 2010
Island Records
Number of Discs
Box Dimensions (mm)
289x235 x25
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On The Rural Route 7609 is a four CD set that chronicles John Mellencamp's career with a focus on his songwriting.

The songs selected reflect the artist's pop idol origins through his ascent to the ranks of America's most respected and socially active writers and performers. On The Rural Route 7609 offers 17 tracks previously unreleased on any John Mellencamp CD including guest readings of Mellencamp's lyrics by Academy Award ® winning actress Joanne Woodward and best selling author/educator Dr. Cornel West.

The discs are packaged within a 72-page book that includes an exhaustive essay and comprehensive track-by-track annotation by award-winning writer Anthony DeCurtis. The package includes rare and evocative photos printed on heavy stock that make On The Rural Route 7609 a distinctive set of albums, in the sense that albums -- as originally conceived in earlier times -- are cohesive collections of music.

* indicates track selection has never before released on a John Mellencamp CD

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
1. Longest Days
2. Grandma's Theme
3. Rural Route
4. Jackie Brown
5. Rain On The Scarecrow
6. Jim Crow with Cornell West *
7. Jim Crow
8. Big Daddy Of Them All
9. Deep Blue Heart*
10. Forgiveness
11. Don't Need This Body
12. Jenny At 16 *
13. Jack And Diane (writing demo) *
14. Jack And Diane
Disc 2:
1. The Real Life with Joanne Woodward *
2. Ghost Towns Along The Highway
3. The Full Catastrophe
4. Authority Song (writing demo) *
5. Troubled Land
6. To Washington
7. Our Country *
8. Country Gentlemen
9. Freedom's Road
10. Mr. Bellows (remix)*
11. Rodeo Clown
12. Love And Happiness
13. Pink Houses
Disc 3:
1. If I Die Sudden (live)
2. Someday
3. Between A Laugh And A Tear
4. Void In My Heart *
5. Death Letter
6. Sugar Marie *
7. Theo And Weird Henry
8. When Jesus Left Birmingham
9. L.U.V. *
10. Thank You
11. Women Seem
12. The World Don't Bother Me None *
13. Cherry Bomb (writing demo) *
14. Someday The Rain Will Fall *
15. A Ride Back Home
Disc 4:
1. My Aeroplane
2. Colored Lights *
3. Just Like You
4. Young Without Lovers
5. To M.G. (Wherever She May Be) *
6. Sweet Evening Breeze
7. What If I Came Knocking
8. Country Fair
9. Peaceful World (writing demo) *
10. Your Life Is Now
11. For The Children
12. Rural Route (acoustic version)*

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