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Little slices of pure Fogerty genius.,
This review is from: The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty [Creedence Collection] (Audio CD)
Thanks to a mixture of record company disputes, internal group fighting and simple stubborn pig-headedness, John Fogerty's releases have tended to be few and far between. If his output had matched other recording artists of the same era then he would simply be a household legend. As it is, maybe his reclusive nature in the recording studio has done him a favour, because what he has done both past and present is quite simply brilliant.
The track listing seems to have no particular running order and you get a nice mix of Creedance Clearwater Revival (CCR) material and Fogerty solos all the way through its playing time. Starting off with two of the most recognisable CCR hits and then progressing onto Fogerty's most famous solo song, you will instantly get the feel of the album: Southern bluesy rock is the order of the day here, and rarely does he move away from that. The CCR material will be the most crowd pleasing with little gems such as Fortunate Son (a song about Vietnam), Up Around The Bend and the ever popular Proud Mary being among the best of the best. Every song by CCR was a big seller (maybe not in the U.K) and the fantastic southern sound of Fogerty's writing and performing is seldom bettered by anybody. John Fogerty's solo material is no damp squib though, with tracks such as Rockin' All Over The World (yes the same song that Status Quo did) Hot Rod Heart and the rollocking Old Man Down The Road, you will see that he has lost none of his songwriting magic. Another little bonus is that some of the tracks are the live versions, and this will show you that he is also indeed one of the best live acts of his kind in the business.
So, to sum it all up what do you have here? Well, you have beautifully written and performed southern style boogie rock all done by a master of his art. His voice still sound great today and he can still write with astonishing quality and timelessness. With such a great catalogue of CCR and solos to pick from there are bound to be a few favourites left out and it makes you wonder why the disc wasn't expanded into a double. That aside, just slip on your crocodile skin boots, open a bottle of Jack Daniels and enjoy some of the best southern rock you will ever have heard.