The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John
First Appeared in The Music Box, October 2005, Volume 12, #10
Written by John Metzger
After the dissolution of Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1972, John Fogerty wrestled with former bandmates Stu Cook and Doug Clifford as well as Fantasy Records’ owner Saul Zaentz over the rights to the group’s name and its catalogue. In recent years, however, Fogerty gradually has been making peace with his past by repopulating his concerts with large chunks of his classic material, and with the release of the aptly titled The Long Road Home he finally has come full circle and achieved closure. Indeed, the newly minted, 25-track career retrospective, which commemorates his reunion with the Fantasy label, not only contains all nine of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Top 10 singles, but it also culls some of the finer moments from his solo canon. Yet, in its attempt to fuse together the entirety of Fogerty’s essential offerings, the collection doesn’t cast a wide enough net. The expansive journeys through Suzie Q and I Heard It through the Grapevine, for example, are both noticeably absent, and one could easily make the case that tunes like Cotton Fields, Ramble Tamble, and Sugar-Sugar (in My Life) are equally worthy of inclusion. In addition, the outing features several concert cuts that are inferior to their studio counterparts. Regardless, The Long Road Home succeeds in serving as a concise and remarkably effective romp through Fogerty’s populist-minded songbook. After all, its contents are timeless slices of rock ’n‘ roll history, and, thanks to the disturbing parallels between the social and political environments of 1970 and 2005, tracks like Have You Ever Seen the Rain?, Fortunate Son, and Who’ll Stop the Rain now reverberate with tremendous meaning for another generation.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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