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John Fogerty: Wrote a Song for Everyone

Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty re-records some of his greatest songs with Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, The Foo Fighters, and others.

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The misfires on this personal greatest-hits revue can make a listener want to dismiss the project outright, said Walter Tunis in the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader. In his years fronting Creedence Clearwater Revival, California-born John Fogerty built “one of rock ’n’ roll’s most prestigious back catalogs,” and it’s painful to hear the “dumbing down” that some of his great songs get when he re-records them here with modern country stars Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. “Thankfully, those moments are few.” The Foo Fighters “turn in a pile-driving performance” of “Fortunate Son,” for instance, and My Morning Jacket does lovely work with the obscure ballad “Long as I Can See the Light,” said Ben Greenman in New Yorker.com. Fogerty’s sense of foreboding has always been his strength as a lyricist, though, so it’s fitting that two storm songs are the high points. Just before Alan Jackson delivers a stoic “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?,” Bob Seger tops him—joining Fogerty for “a toweringly empathetic reading” of “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”

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