Many boyfriends ago, I had a huge multi-cd ohmigoodness Creedence / Fogarty compilation which had every CCR track on it you would ever want to hear. Problem was, it had quite a few others tracks which I didn't want to hear, so I seldom played it much beyond the middle of the first disc. Happily, some ex-fella nominated it as 'his' during some great splitting-upness, so the problem was taken out of my hands!
When I caught the tv ad for this new compilation I was intrigued, because it covered most of the CCR bases without seeming so long that I'd die of fossilisation before reaching the end. I admit it: Bad Moon Rising is a big reason for buying this disc, but so is Born on the Bayou and Up Around the Bend. In fact, that last one has me gambolling around the office, chirruping away when I should be working...
The pleasant surprise with The Long Road Home is that the live tracks and the John Fogarty solo songs are in keeping with the CCR stuff, and they are neither self-indulgent additions nor overt, time-wasting fillers. They add to the experience, and mean I've found some new faves to add to the list of old faves. Mind you, I could've done with Rockin' all over the world (again).
No compilation gets it 100% right, but this one is very close. Upbeat, pacy, and a good selection of music.
And thankfully it doesn't go on to multiple discs or for half a dozen hours, so you can play it end to end without needing to hit the FWD button every five minutes. Probably not one for a CCR afficionado (but hey -- you have all these tracks already, right?), but an excellent introduction to the band and a perfect way to get your hands on Bad Moon Rising, should you feel like howing at the moon.