March 15, 2013

HITS Daily Double with Track-By-Track Review of John’s New Album

Music industry site HITS Daily Double wrote up a great review of John’s new album “Wrote A Song For Everyone.” Read more to check out their track-by-track preview.


John Fogerty, Wrote a Song for Everyone (Vanguard): Funny, there was a time when the ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival founder, deep in a music publishing dispute with Fantasy Records’ Saul Zaentz, refused to even perform his old material, but lately, he’s embraced his past with gusto, no small thanks to wife Julie, determined to see her hubby take his victory lap, and A&R vet Bill Bentley, who helped pull the project together. The cameos are divided up between rock and rollers the Foo Fighters (a searing “Fortunate Son”), My Morning Jacket (a soulful “Long As I Could See the Light”), Kid Rock (a rousing “Born on the Bayou”) and Bob Seger (a plaintive “Who’ll Stop the Rain”); and country stars Keith Urban (picking banjo for “Almost Saturday Night”), Miranda Lambert (a great duet on the title track, featuring a “face-melting” Tom Morelloguitar solo), Zac Brown Band (an uncharacteristically upbeat “Bad Moon Rising”), Brad Paisley (a swampy “Hot Rod Heart”) and Alan Jackson (a stately “Have You Ever Seen the Rain”).  Making it a true family affair, sonsShane and Tyler tackle a folk-rock version of “Lodi,” while his wife helped cast “Proud Mary” as a New Orleans-style Cajun reel, featuring Jennifer Hudson, with arrangements by Allen Toussaint himself. Throw in a pair of new additions to the canon in “Mystic Highway,” the title gleaned from a journal entry at least 20 years old, and the gutbucket Delta blues of “Train of Fools,” and you have the kind of album sure to get some attention come next Grammy time. And while I usually think that this kind of catalog refreshing signals an artist closer to the end than the beginning, Fogerty’s enthusiasm, along with his collaborators’, is awfully infectious. And if it leads to more new songs from this certified Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, all the better.