Wrote a Song for Everyone

Wrote a Song for Everyone

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by John Fogerty
     
 

For a good portion of his solo career, John Fogerty refused to play any of his old Creedence Clearwater Revival songs -- not because he hated them but because he was tied up in a nasty legal battle with Saul Zaentz, the head of his former record label Fantasy. After a few decades, Fogerty's position softened and he started playing theSee more details below

Overview

For a good portion of his solo career, John Fogerty refused to play any of his old Creedence Clearwater Revival songs -- not because he hated them but because he was tied up in a nasty legal battle with Saul Zaentz, the head of his former record label Fantasy. After a few decades, Fogerty's position softened and he started playing the tunes in concert, then, after Concord purchased Fantasy in 2004, he celebrated CCR, first with a new hits compilation combining his old band and solo work, then eventually working his way around to Wrote a Song for Everyone, a 2013 album where he revisits many of his most popular songs with a little help from his superstar friends. Savvy guy that he is, Fogerty doesn't place all of his chips on one bet: he mixes up rock and country, old and new, dabbling just a bit in R&B and alternative folk, but preferring to stick to a tastefully weathered roots rock that suits him well. Curiously, there is very little swamp rock to be heard here -- Kid Rock yowls through "Born on the Bayou," but that only helps it sound like it's coming straight out of a trailer -- and the song choice, along with the guest list, skews toward country; with Bob Seger singing "Who'll Stop the Rain" and My Morning Jacket easing back on "Long as I Can See the Light," which leaves just the aforementioned son of Detroit stomping through the bayou, and the Foo Fighters lumbering through "Fortunate Son" as pure rock & roll. Heavy as they are -- and they are, substituting volume for swing -- they're overshadowed by never-ending country-rockers, some spirited enough to enliven familiar melodies, some so sober the whole proceeding winds up seeming a bit po-faced. At worst, this means Wrote a Song for Everyone is no better than generic -- it's hard to identify Keith Urban as the duet partner on a too-smooth "Almost Saturday Night" -- but a few of the guests stamp their own identity on the cover, whether it's Brad Paisley twisting "Hot Rod Heart" (the only cover here that can't be called a hit, as it's pulled off Fogerty's acclaimed 1997 LP Blue Moon Swamp) toward his twanging Telecaster territory, or Miranda Lambert stealing the title track from her host and guest guitarist Tom Morello. All of this is enjoyable but it's rarely compelling, as very few songs play with the original arrangement in any serious fashion (Zac Brown Band's untroubled "Bad Moon Rising" is the exception that proves the rule). It's telling that the lasting moments arrive either when Fogerty unveils two solid new solo songs -- "Mystic Highway" and "Train of Fools" -- or when he leads his sons through the terrific, bluesy choogle of "Lodi," turning the lament into a celebration. All three cuts prove that Fogerty, no matter how much fun he's having elsewhere on the record, doesn't need any guests to sound alive.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/28/2013
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707824026
catalogNumber:
78240
Rank:
15784

Tracks

  1. Fortunate Son  -  Foo Fighters
  2. Almost Saturday Night  - Keith Urban
  3. Lodi  - Shane Fogerty
  4. Mystic Highway  - John Fogerty
  5. Wrote a Song For Everyone  - Miranda Lambert
  6. Bad Moon Rising  -  Zac Brown Band
  7. Long As I Can See the Light  -  My Morning Jacket
  8. Born On the Bayou  -  Kid Rock
  9. Train of Fools  - John Fogerty
  10. Someday Never Comes  -  Dawes
  11. Who'll Stop the Rain  - Bob Seger
  12. Hot Rod Heart  - Brad Paisley
  13. Have You Ever Seen the Rain  - Alan Jackson
  14. Proud Mary  - Jennifer Hudson

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Fogerty   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Electric Sitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Marc Savoy   Cajun Accordion
Clint Black   Harmonica
Kid Rock   Vocals
Pat Smear   Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Gary Prim   Piano,Hammond B3
Stafford Agee   Trombone
Kenny Aronoff   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Herschel Boone   Background Vocals
Laura Creamer   Background Vocals
Rockin' Dopsie   Washboard
Dan Dugmore   Steel Guitar
Stuart Duncan   Banjo,Fiddle
Elaine Foster   Background Vocals
Lisa Foster   Background Vocals
Dave Grohl   Guitar,Vocals
Roland Guerin   Bass
Alan Jackson   Vocals
Greg Leisz   Mandolin
Brent Mason   Electric Guitar
Tom Morello   Electric Guitar,Soloist
Greg Morrow   Drums
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar
Herb Petersen   Guitar,Background Vocals
Renard Poché   Guitar
Joel Savoy   Cajun Fiddle
Bob Seger   Guitar,Vocals
Derrick Shezbie   Trumpet
Allen Toussaint   Piano,Conductor
Glenn Worf   Bass
Erica Falls   Background Vocals
Glen Andrews   Trumpet
Anthony Dopsie   Accordion
Nate Mendel   Bass
Bobby Terry   Acoustic Guitar
Randy Kohrs   Lap Steel Guitar
Herman Lebeaux   Drums
Keith Urban   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,Soloist
Taylor Hawkins   Drums,Background Vocals
Bob Malone   Piano,Electric Piano,Hammond B3
Brad Paisley   Guitar,Vocals
Shannon Curfman   Background Vocals
Marlon Young   Bass,Guitar
Vincent Broussard   Saxophone
Daniel de los Reyes   Percussion
Jim James   Guitar,Vocals
Clay Cook   Piano,Stick,Vocals,Hammond B3
Carl Broemel   Guitar,Saxophone
Phil Frazier   Tuba
Bo Koster   Keyboards
Patrick Hallahan   Drums
Alethea Mills   Background Vocals
Miranda Lambert   Vocals
Zac Brown   Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jason Mowery   Acoustic Guitar
Patrick Sauber   Mandolin,Background Vocals
Taylor Goldsmith   Guitar,Vocals
Jennifer Hudson   Vocals
Nathan Chapman   Mandolin
Wylie Gelber   Bass Guitar
Griffin Goldsmith   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Tay Strathairn   Keyboards,Background Vocals
David Morgan   Background Vocals
Jimmy de Martini   Violin,Vocals
John Driskell Hopkins   Bass,Vocals
David Santos   Bass
Chris Fryar   Drums
Tom Blankenship   Bass
Chaderick Honore   Trumpet
Chavonne Stewart   Background Vocals
Gregory Veals   Trombone
Jessica Wagner-Cowan   Background Vocals
Tyler Fogerty   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Shane Fogerty   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping,Soloist
Chris Chiflett   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kelli Jones-Savoy   Triangle
Greg Leitz   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

John Fogerty   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Whistle
Neal Cappellino   Engineer
John Kelton   Engineer
Keith Stegall   Producer,Engineer
Sutton   Engineer
Brian David Willis   Engineer
Alan Silfen   Cover Photo
Mike E. Clark   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Clay Cook   Producer,Engineer
Matt Mangano   Producer,Engineer
Kevin Harp   Engineer
Zac Brown   Producer,Engineer
Julie Fogerty   Executive Producer,Art Direction
Carrie Smith   Cover Design
James Brown   Engineer

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