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© Reprise Records
Year of Release: 1998
Born On The Bayou
I Put A Spell On You
Who'll Stop The Rain
Almost Saturday Night
Rockin' All Over
Joy Of My Life
Down On The Corner
Swap River Days
Hot Rod Heart
The Old Man
Down The Road
Bad Moon Rising
John Fogerty related sites:
It had been a decade since we heard from John Fogerty in the year 1985.
Fogerty gave up the music business after Creedence Clearwater Revival, and two
unnoticed solo albums in the early 1970s. (A third was to be released, but
never happened.) His "comeback" album, Centerfield welcomed him back
with open arms to the music business. However, Fogerty made note that after
Centerfield was released, he would not play any of the songs from CCR,
that first made him famous on future tours. This was due to still ongoing
contract problems with his former record company. Time had passed, and
eventually Fogerty would take the stage, playing not only his current solo
recordings, but his famous CCR hits as well. By the time 1998's live
Premonition, he had already released 3 studio albums since 1985.
Premonition showcased Fogerty in full form, with songs by CCR, solo,
and a few new recordings.
Although his voice has certained aged, his guitar playing is still as good
as he was during his CCR heyday. Such as the case on "I Put A Spell On You,"
his voice may not be as rough-edged as the original version, (and this on many
other roughed vocal'd songs) -- his guitar solo is still as haunting. His voice
has a great appeal on "Susie Q." The soft ballad "Who'll Stop The
Rain" has both his voice and instrumentation still shining. Rocking, rough-edge
vocal tunes such as "Born On The Bayou", "Green River," and "Rockin'
All Over The World" still rock, and giving his own voice a little less edge
still makes these classics great live.
Fogerty recently experimented in Bluegrass, as "Joy Of My Life"
(originally from Blue Moon Swamp is still one of the best songs from
Fogerty, as it shows his gentle side (the song is dedicated to his wife). Other
songs from Blue Moon Swamp are "Swamp River Days" and "Hot Rod
Heart." (The latter song of the two, could easily have fitted Centerfield)
As mentioned, Fogerty's voice may not have the rough-edges as he once had,
yet he still knows how to rock, as that never grew old with his age. It's still
a very good live album, and John Fogerty would be extremely entertaining in
today's concerts. There was a rumor that he would have played the Halftime show
at Superbowl (with Paul McCartney). Obviously, McCartney spotlighted that year
on his own. But still, with the other acts dominating the Halftime Shows (Rolling
Stones, Paul McCartney, Prince, Bruce Springsteen) -- Fogerty would be an awesome
addition to add to a future Superbowl Halftime Show.
As I think about the future, I can easily see Fogerty being part of a another
major supergroup, such as the Traveling Wilburys. This is just a thought:
John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, and adding a
female to that list, Bonnie Raitt. Hopefully we can see such a supergroup.
I can see their name as patriotic, as most of them have already performed and/or
written patriotic-themed songs.
And then again, I think of another "supergroup" but it's not really one:
The sons of the Beatles't getting together: Julian Lennon, James McCartney,
Dhani Harrison, Zak Starkey. We can dream, can't we?
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