Centerfield

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Fogerty pulled himself out of the game sometime after his 1976 album Hoodoo failed to materialize and he sat on the bench for a full decade, returning in the thick of the Reagan era with Centerfield in 1985. For as knowingly nostalgic as Centerfield is, deliberately mining from Fogerty's childhood memories and consciously referencing his older tunes, the album is steeped in the mid-'80s, propelled too often by electronic drums -- the title track has a particularly egregious use of synthesized handclaps -- occasionally colored by synths and always relying on the wide-open production that characterized the '80s…plus, there's no denying that this is the work ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
John Fogerty pulled himself out of the game sometime after his 1976 album Hoodoo failed to materialize and he sat on the bench for a full decade, returning in the thick of the Reagan era with Centerfield in 1985. For as knowingly nostalgic as Centerfield is, deliberately mining from Fogerty's childhood memories and consciously referencing his older tunes, the album is steeped in the mid-'80s, propelled too often by electronic drums -- the title track has a particularly egregious use of synthesized handclaps -- occasionally colored by synths and always relying on the wide-open production that characterized the '80s…plus, there's no denying that this is the work of a middle-aged baby boomer, romanticizing TV, rockabilly, baseball, and rock & roll girls. Since Fogerty always romanticized a past he never lived, these sepia tones suit him but it also helps that he's written a clutch of terrific songs: that giddy ode to his beloved game, the equally sunny rocker "Rock and Roll Girls," the snappy Sun tribute "Big Train from Memphis," the gently swaying "I Saw It on TV," the rip-roaring "I Can't Help Myself" only slightly undone by its hyper-active drum programming and, of course, "The Old Man Down the Road," a callback to CCR's spooky swamp rock so successful that Saul Zaentz, the then-president of Fogerty's former label Fantasy, sued John for plagiarizing himself. Of course, Zaentz's ire was likely piqued by Fogerty baiting the record label president on no less than two songs on this slim, nine-track LP: Fogerty howls against "Mr. Greed" and taunts that "Zanz Kant Danz but he'll steal your money," a potshot so direct he had to retitle it "Vanz Kant Danz" on subsequent pressings. Perhaps Fogerty's anger is justified -- he had to give up his rights to CCR songs as a condition of leaving Fantasy -- but it's not articulated well in song, adding a slight unwelcome sourness to an album that's otherwise a cheerful, glorious comeback.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Dreamworks
  • UPC: 600445030626
  • Catalog Number: 450306
  • Sales rank: 19,477

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Fogerty Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
John Fogerty Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bob Ludwig Remastering
Jeffrey Norman Engineer
Mark Slagle Engineer
Bobby Hata Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Third Solo Album

    J C's third solo outing was the one that put him back on the map with the instant classic ''Centerfield'', but contrary to popular belief he was not dormant between CCR and Centerfield. He released an excellent country roots album under the pseudonym ''Blue Ridge Rangers'' in 1973 and the ultimate Creedance sound-alike album ''John Fogerty'' in 1975. Centerfield did however have the commercial and critical success that it rightfully deserved. I love the fact that Fogerty is not afraid to plagerize Creedance. JC Fogerty and Creedance Clearwater Revival are synonomous.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fogerty at his finest

    I believe this is Fogerty's first album after the break up of CCR. I'm 22 now, but have listened to this album since I was 5. I would have to say this is the best record he put out after CCR. Every song has a way to linger with you just after one time listening. Search Light and I Saw on T.V. probably my faves.

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