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John Fogerty
"Blue Ridge Rangers"

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Year of Release: 1973

track listing
  • Blue Ridge
    Mountain Blues
  • Somewhere Listening
    (For My Name)
  • You're The Reason
  • Jambalaya
    (On The Bayou)
  • She Thinks I Still Care
  • California Blues
    (Blue Yodel #4)
  • Workin' On A Building
  • Please Help Me
    I'm Falling
  • Have Thine
    Own Way Lord
  • I Ain't Never
  • Hearts Of Stone
  • Today I Started
    Loving You Again

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    John Fogerty
    "Blue Ridge Rangers"

    The Blue Ridge Rangers was John Fogerty's first solo album of his career, after the breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was released in 1973, and it is truly one of my all-time favorite albums. Many believe that Fogerty's comeback album in 1985, Centerfield was his first solo release, but before he took a very long hiatus from the rock n roll world, he had a total of only 2 solo albums, from 1973 to 1975. Fogerty was in battle with his record company, and he would become disillusioned to record for the next 10 years. After Centerfield (1985), Fogerty has released 3 studio albums, and one live album, and it's great to have him back -- his solo albums are as superb as those of the band that made him famous, CCR.

    The album kicks off with "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues," a song that could have easily fit the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack. (Actually, all of the songs on this album could easily fit.) Gospel at its finest is heard on "Someone Listening (For My Name)". "You're The Reason" is one song I keep playing (and singing along with), over and over again, with no tiredness. Hank Williams' "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)" would be the album's hit when released in 1973, as Fogerty's version is easily a fine recording. And another song I can keep listening to, over and over again, (and singing along with as well), is George Jones' "She Still Thinks I Care."

    The true bluegrass blues spirit is heard on "California Blues (Blue Yodel #4)." And another great gospel song is "Workin' On A Building;" as like many songs on this album, is never tiring. Fogerty's version of Hank Locklin's "Please Help Me I'm Falling" is another great song I love to play and sing along to. Good 'ol Gospel Country is the style of "Have Thine Own Way Lord." Fogerty shines as a Country performer on Mel Tillis' "I Ain't Never." "Hearts Of Stone" is best remembered by The Fontane Sisters for me, yet Fogerty's version definitely has the Elvis Sun sound. The album's closing number is a great version of George Jones' "Today I Started Loving You Again."

    This is one album that is a MUST... It's one of those albums that you just can't get enough of. You can play it numerous times in your home, in your car, anywhere you have the desire to listen to true Country, Rockabilly, and Gospel styles. Creedence fans should be aware, that this album is definitely NOT a Creedence-styled album. Fogerty's next solo release, the self-titled John Fogerty definitely has songs in the style of CCR, as if they never split. Even after Fogerty's return in 1985, and afterwards, his solo albums have absolutely been worth purchasing. His latest release, Deja Vu All Over Again is a good album, but maybe not as outstanding as previous solo releases. All in all, John Fogerty's solo releases are great albums. It will be interesting to see if Fogerty releases an all-Gospel album. Many artists who favor the Country style started out in Gospel, and/or has Gospel music as one of their favorite styles. Elvis started out in Gospel, and released Gospel albums during his career. Fogerty has recorded some great Gospel tunes on some of his solo releases. It would be great to hear a true Gospel album by him. Blue Ridge Rangers has Gospel, as well as Country-related styles, and it is certainly an album any Country fan will enjoy listening to, over and over again.

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