Thursday, June 07, 2018

John Fogerty - The Long Road Home

As the subtitle says, this is a collection of Fogerty CCR and solo material and is pretty damn solid, as the man is a great talent and put out some exceptional material throughout his career.

There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the running order of the songs, with later solo numbers mixed in with Creedence songs. Maybe it's based on where they peaked on the charts? I dunno. But while he did some superior solo tunes, my favorite stuff is still, generally, the CCR period. Greats like the opening swamp-rock anthem "Born on the Bayou", the stompin' riff-rocker "Fortunate Son", "Up Around the Bend", the sweet ballads "Who'll Stop the Rain", "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" and "Lodi", the rockin'"Sweet Hitchhiker", the swampy Muddy Waters' update of "Green River", the oft-covered "Run Through the Jungle" and lots more mix with his excellent "The Old Man Down the Road" (so similar to CCR that his old record company tried to sue him for writing like himself!), "Almost Saturday Night" (Dave Edmunds did a cool cover of this one), "Rockin' All Over the World" and the country-ish "Rambunctious Boy".

Of course, there are some tunes that I would have left off, but a lot of them were popular so, of course, I understand the inclusion.  Easy enough to skip over anything you don't care for!

Overall, an outstanding effort from a sterling artist that is still going strong today. Pretty much any Creedence record is worth having, but for a "greatest hits" effort, this is pretty spot-on.