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Human Wheels [Bonus Track]

Human Wheels [Bonus Track]

by John Cougar Mellencamp John Mellencamp

CD(Bonus Tracks / Repackaged)

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Following the stripped-down rock & roll of Whenever We Wanted, the somber Human Wheels comes as a bit of shock. Throughout his mid-'80s peak, John Mellencamp infused his best work with despair, but he never has sounded as beaten and broken as he does on Human Wheels. It's not just that the record sounds murky and bleak, but his singing is weary and the lyrics are filled with resignation. Consequently, Human Wheels isn't a particularly easy listen, even though it doesn't depart from his signature sound, but it is a rewarding one, and the record is arguably his most affecting. [The 2005 remastered reissue adds one bonus track: a version of "When Jesus Left Birmingham" featuring vocals from Sounds of Blackness.]

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2005
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0602498823507
catalogNumber: 000478502
Rank: 65380


  1. When Jesus Left Birmingham
  2. Junior
  3. Human Wheels
  4. Beige to Beige
  5. Case 795 (The Family)
  6. Suzanne and the Jewels
  7. Sweet Evening Breeze
  8. What If I Came Knocking
  9. French Shoes
  10. To the River
  11. When Jesus Left Birmingham

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Mellencamp   Primary Artist,Vocals
Lisa Germano   Mandolin,Violin,Background Vocals,Zither,Penny Whistle
Kenny Aronoff   Bongos,Conga,Drums,Maracas,Tambourine,Claves,Vibes,Djembe,Rainstick,Shaker,Guiro,African Drums,Metal Percussion
Malcolm Burn   Organ,Synthesizer,Guitar,Harmonica
John Cascella   Organ,Accordion,Vocals,Melodica,Penny Whistle,farfisa organ,Hammond B3
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Toby Myers   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Pat Peterson   Accordion,Maracas,Background Vocals
Mike Wanchic   Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Janis Ian   Composer
Malcolm Burn   Audio Production
David Leonard   Producer,Engineer
John Mellencamp   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Mike Wanchic   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
George Green   Composer
Michael Wanchic   Audio Production

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