Recorded and released in 1985, Scarecrow was by far Mellencamp's strongest work to date. Originally mixed with a slant towards potential radio play, the true production values of this recording have never really been accessed until now. Working form Mellencamp's personal 2-track analog master, this reissue unlocks the hidden nuances originally recorded but left undetected in reproduction for close to ten years. Crafted by producer Don Gehman and Mellencamp, the theme of the album is heavily influenced by Mellencamp's involvement in the plight of the American farmer, especially in the selection Rain On The Scarecrow.
Mellencamp also tips his hat to the great rock 'n' roll of the '60s with R.O.C.K. In The U.S.A. Along with concert favorites Small Town and Minutes To Memories, this Ultradisc II(TM) release contains a bonus track: The Kind Of Fella I Am.
1. Rain On The Scarecrow
2. Grandma's Theme
3. Small Town
4. Minutes To Memories
5. Lonely Ol' Night
6. The Face Of the Nation
7. Justice and Independence '85
8. Between A Laugh and a Tear
10. You've Got To Stand For Somethin'
11. R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A. (a salute to 60's rock)
12. The Kind Of Fella I Am