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Very Best of Tom Fogerty
     

The Very Best of Tom Fogerty

by Tom Fogerty
 
The Very Best of Tom Fogerty is a solid collection of the older Fogerty brother's solo sides, cut from the time after his departure from Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1971 up to his final release, Sidekicks (1993). Listening to this album does present the listener with a conundrum, however, because it's a better collection than most would predict it

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The Very Best of Tom Fogerty is a solid collection of the older Fogerty brother's solo sides, cut from the time after his departure from Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1971 up to his final release, Sidekicks (1993). Listening to this album does present the listener with a conundrum, however, because it's a better collection than most would predict it would be, but it's unexpectedly strong on all kinds of levels that demand attention and some thought. On the one hand, those who dismiss Tom Fogerty as a middling "brother act" will find their perceptions changed by the 18 songs here. The songs are mostly very good and a few are great -- from "Goodbye Media Man" (his one charting single) through "Lady of Fatima" and "Joyful Resurrection," right to "Sloop John B" from his final album, everything here is worthwhile listening; indeed, only "Give Me Another Trojan Song" (which does, in fairness, have a certain goofy charm) and "What Did I Know," off of the Myopia album, show a slackening of freshness and inspiration, and might have been left off in favor of other material. And it should be said that, among the originals here, apart from "Joyful Resurrection," which featured all the members of CCR, little is as effortlessly radio friendly and polished as the best work of Tom's more famous younger sibling John Fogerty. But much of the content has a peculiarly rootsy, very personal honesty and soulfulness; and in that sense, it reaches the individual listener on much the same level as such celebrated John Fogerty numbers as "Lodi," "Green River," "Who'll Stop the Rain," etc., if not quite so universally or memorably. That is, there's little here that one visualizes ever sweeping the airwaves and getting millions of people humming, or even tens of thousands in an arena singing along to -- though, as Tom's chronic back problem kept him off the road, we'll never know how some of his better songs might've gone over in a concert setting; but many listeners will find themselves embracing a lot of it, especially later numbers like "Champagne Love" (co-written with CCR's Doug Clifford) and "Trisha Suzanne," much like John's work once it's off the airwaves and circulating inside of your head. As the nature of this CD hints, perhaps that's how Tom Fogerty would have made his way and spread his music in a kinder reality, in small concert venues, a few hundred listeners at a time, who could appreciate rock & roll with a country flavor and a personal edge. There's even a nice reading of "Mystery Train" to punch up the basic rock & roll side of this CD; and Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia completists, as well as CCR collectors, will have to have it. If you've only heard of Tom Fogerty's solo work, here's a great place to actually hear the best of it. And anyone looking for an unexpectedly strong extension/offshoot of the CCR legacy, on something more than the singalong level (which Creedence Clearwater Revisited serves) can start right here, and they'll likely find more to enjoy than they thought likely or possible. ~ Cub Koda & Bruce Eder

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/1999
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206603026
catalogNumber:
6030

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Performance Credits

Tom Fogerty   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
David Hayes   Bass,Background Vocals
Mark Isham   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Jerry Garcia   Guitar
John Allair   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Merl Saunders   Keyboards
Doug Clifford   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Russell DaShiell   Guitar,Track Performer
Stephen Miller   Keyboards
John Blakeley   Guitar
Edward Bogas   Piano,Strings,Moog Bass
Stu Cook   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Stephen Funk   Keyboards
Russ Gary   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
John Kahn   Bass
Danny Kopelson   Background Vocals
Scott Morris   Drums
Billy Mundi   Percussion
Jeff Myer   Drums
Jeff Narell   Steel Drums
Randy Oda   Guitar,Keyboards
Gary Potterton   Guitar
Amy Radner   Strings
Nathan Rubin   Strings
Mark Springer   Guitar,Background Vocals
Rev. Ron Stallings   Saxophone
Bill Vitt   Conga,Drums
Greg Douglass   Guitar
Judiyaba   Strings
Jeff Fogerty   Track Performer
Kevin Oda   Percussion,Drums
Valley Boys   Background Vocals
Tom Phillips   Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Joey Molland   Composer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Kevin Oda   Programming
Mike Ragogna   Producer,Liner Notes

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