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Vinyl Record Review, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, John Fogerty: Wrote a Song for Everyone

Published 2014-09-10
Vinyl Record Review: Singer/Songwriter, Genre Rock, Folk Rock, Pop, Vocal, Guitar Rock
John Fogerty: Wrote A Song For Everyone, 2013 Vanguard Records (double album gatefold set) on heavy (gram weight not specified vinyl). Audiophile Rating: Music Production Quality 10 / Recording 7

Rich's Record Emporium; Vinyl record review, music, singer songwriter, new musicThis recording get's a 7 as the overall quality is very good, but not as good as most "audiophile" or other heavy vinly recordings of today. The sound quality beats the pants off most of the used records you'll come across with broad rich detail over the entire frequency range and a quiet velvet like background. The sound stage itself exceeds the width and debth of the speakers but fails to extend to the listening posistion.

If you are a fan of any of the following artists; Zac Brown, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Bob Seger, Keith Urban, Jennifer Hudson, Dawes, or My Morning Jacket you’re going to want to pick this one up. Fogerty’s music is as fresh and timeless as the living legend himself, and he plays in with each of these artists on one or more of his own songs. Recorded on the Vanguard label and produced by Julie Fogerty the sound and production quality of this album set sounds even better than the original Fantasy label.

This album has all the ingredients to become a truly a timeless classic. Even when I’ve been stuck in a Jazz or classical mood (usually will ONLY play the genre I’m stuck in when it’s one of these two), I find myself putting this one on again and again – it’s just too good to classify or file away for an occasional play when I’m in a rock, country, or folk mood.

For instance, take some of the same tracks on the original Fantasy recordings,i.e. Who’ll Stop The Rain or Long as I can See the Light. I would usually say the original version is better, not so here. My Morning Jacket’s version of Long – Light is stupendous, pedal steel guitarist Carl Broemel makes the music sound both old school classic and fresh and new, and Fogerty’s voice has held up surprisingly well for his years of 62. I believe blending as if just one of the group during vocal accompaniments w/those half his age. On Who’ll stop the rain, you realize Seger’s voice has also held up amazingly well for someone that’s been belting it out with such fierce passion since the early 60’s. He & Fogerty sound rich and melodic together on this one with a beautiful piano accompaniment from Silver Bullet pianist Craig Frost (also of early Grand Funk Railroad fame). Again, the songs project a timeless appeal that sounds as much like a product of today as they did when they first hit the airways some 40 years ago. And Zac Brown’s rendition of Bad Moon Rising, and Kid Rock’s Born on the Bayou are among a few of my new favorite songs.

All the bands on this album take ownership of Fogerty’s music to a degree not often the case with famous “duets” and or “covers”. I see myself replacing this vinyl on a regular basis – i.e. I must be on my 5th copy of Dark Side of the Moon….”cheers”

--Mark, Uptown Audio


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