The Very Best of Tom Fogerty

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All Music Guide
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
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
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/1999
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206603026
  • Catalog Number: 6030

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Goodbye Media Man - Bill Vitt (6:09)
  2. 2 The Legend of Alcatraz - Bill Vitt (2:36)
  3. 3 Lady of Fatima - Bill Vitt (4:26)
  4. 4 Beauty Is Under the Skin - Bill Vitt (2:28)
  5. 5 Everyman - Bill Vitt (2:16)
  6. 6 Rocky Road Blues - Bill Vitt (3:54)
  7. 7 (Hold on) Annie Mae - Bill Vitt (3:50)
  8. 8 Joyful Resurrection - Tom Phillips (3:33)
  9. 9 Give Me Another Trojan Song - Tom Phillips (3:01)
  10. 10 What Did I Know - Tom Phillips (2:37)
  11. 11 Sweet Things to Come - Tom Phillips (2:14)
  12. 12 And I Love You - Tom Phillips (2:23)
  13. 13 Champagne Love - Greg Douglass (2:52)
  14. 14 Tricia Suzanne - Greg Douglass (2:57)
  15. 15 Mystery Train - Greg Douglass (2:32)
  16. 16 Deal It Out - Greg Douglass (3:14)
  17. 17 Sometimes (4:45)
  18. 18 Sloop John B. (4:43)
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Album Credits

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
The Valley Boys Background Vocals
Tom Phillips Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Brian Wilson Composer
Joey Molland Composer
Dan Hersch Remastering
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Kevin Oda Programming
Mike Ragogna Producer, Liner Notes
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