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The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again

John FogertyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (August 31, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B002GYHIVM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
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2009 release from the Rock legend and former leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Thirty six years after the release of his first solo album (Blue Ridge Rangers), Fogerty returns to his Country roots with this album featuring guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen and Don Henley. 12 tracks featuring Fogerty's unique covers of 10 of his favorite songs plus two self-penned tracks. Rather than the one-man-band affair of the original Blue Ridge Rangers album, the new set features an all-star cast of players including Kenny Aronoff, Buddy Miller, Greg Leisz, Hunter Perrin, Jason Mowery, Chris Chaney, Jay Bellerose, Dennis Crouch, Jodie Kennedy, Herb Pedersen and Oren Waters.

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What happens when one American legend takes on 12 American classics? If that legend is John Fogerty, the simple answer is musical magic. On The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, Fogerty reinvents such treasures as the Everly Bros.' "When Will I Be Loved" (a stunning duet with fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bruce Springsteen), Rick Nelson's "Garden Party" and John Denver's "Back Home Again" with uncommon grace and unbridled zest.

As longtime Fogerty fans will recall, the Blue Ridge Rangers made their first appearance in 1973 when the Grammy® winner released an album of classic covers (including "Jambalaya" and "She Still Thinks I Care") under that moniker. The name was deceptive: the Rangers were Fogerty and Fogerty alone. He played all the instruments including drums.

The thought of revisiting the Blue Ridge Rangers as a vehicle to create another set of beloved covers has never been far from Fogerty's mind. "I thought about it at least once a month," he says. "I told myself if I ever get to do this again, I'm going to have real guys playing; I'd find the best guys I could and have fun and so that's what happened this time."

Indeed, on The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, Fogerty surrounds himself with such top-flight musicians as Buddy Miller (guitar), Greg Leisz (pedal and lap steel, mandolin and dobro), Jason Mowery (fiddle, mandolin and dobro) and Kenny Aronoff (drums). They circle and entwine each other in joyous musical call and responses (complete with hooting and hollering), weaving in and out of each song. Call it a country record if you must, but it's really the sound of America. And the sound of Fogerty: real instruments, real talent. No artifice.

Fogerty, who arranged and produced the set, encouraged his fellow musicians to bring their own ideas to the songs. The album's great live feel comes from the fact that the basic tracks were recorded in three or four takes over a seven-day period. Then, the players hung out in the studio during each other's overdubs, egging on their compatriots. "It seemed to be a very rewarding way to make music," Fogerty says. "I really believed in the songs and the vibe. There was not really a preconceived notion. There [was] an openness, but the thing has to ring true to how I feel."

Nowhere is that openness more evident than on 1964's "Haunted House." Fogerty & Co. take what many considered a novelty song made famous by Jumpin' Gene Simmons about an alien and turn it into a full-on rave-up. "It was my idea that I wanted it to basically be a country jam," he says. "It was a vehicle to have the musicians trade verses. This was important to me; to hear that fun."

And therein lies another key to the album's unforced grace. When recording cover songs, it may be tempting to labor over whether to remain faithful to the original or to morph the song into a new creation, Fogerty discarded any such worries and simply went with his gut. "If when I get done with a particular song and I don't have any more questions, I'm pretty sure it's done," he plainly says.

While it may seem odd this member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and author of such iconic tunes as "Proud Mary," "Bad Moon Rising," "Born on the Bayou," "Fortunate Son" and "Who'll Stop the Rain," would turn to tunes penned by others, remember that he is also a great lover of music. (The lone Fogerty composition on the set is the swampy "Change in the Weather," originally on 1986's Eye of the Zombie.)

Many of the songs have been Fogerty favorites for decades and have, as he puts it, "become part of my DNA." Some selections, such as "When Will I Be Loved" and "Moody River," go back to his adolescence. Many, such as John Prine's "Paradise" and John Denver's "Back Home Again," are from revered contemporaries. "I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)" is a salute to one of his musical heroes, Buck Owens, and his groundbreaking guitarist and Buckaroos' leader Don Rich.

Others were last minute additions. Miller brought "Fallin', Fallin', Fallin'" to Fogerty's attention while the band was in the studio in Los Angeles. "I'm not sure if I've ever heard that one before," Fogerty says, "but it was delightful and was a good vehicle to bring the band together with that sort of western swing."

The criterion for inclusion on the album was a deceptively simple one: "If I'm allowed to just get up with a bunch of people in a country bar somewhere, these are the songs I'll do," Fogerty says. "There was some talk in the beginning about having some [theme]; personally, I wasn't buying into that. To me, the common thread is really about presenting a certain feeling about music." Otherwise, he says, the pressure of fitting tunes into a preselected theme weighs down the process "like bowling balls in your knapsack."

The song most likely to surprise listeners is a remake of Pat Boone's last No. 1 in 1961, the unlikely murder ballad "Moody River." "I can imagine Pete Seeger singing it. There are so many things to sink your teeth into," Fogerty says. "By the way, Pat sings his butt off. I think our version is far more eerie sounding than Pat was allowed to do.

"Garden Party," a song by another former teen idol, holds special significance for Fogerty, who inducted Nelson, who died in 1985, into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Like Nelson, Fogerty has remained true to himself and his music, even when doing so was extremely painful. "I'm the guy who didn't sing his own songs for 25 years because, basically, those songs had been taken away from me and also used in ways I really disagreed with," Fogerty says, referring to his decades-long battle with Saul Zaentz over his publishing. "Therefore, I could really identify with a guy saying, 'If memories were all I sang, I'd rather drive a truck.'"

The Eagles' Don Henley, a fan of the first Blue Ridge Rangers album, and Timothy B. Schmit provide sumptuous harmonies on "Garden Party." "The Eagles were born to sing those parts," Fogerty says. "We were all fans."

The most personal song for Fogerty is Denver's "Back Home Again." The message of returning to a loved one's arms after a journey "involves [my wife] Julie and my emotions towards her," he says. Plus, he's a tremendous Denver fan. Fogerty vividly recalls halting an interview during the 1985's Farm Aid to hear Denver perform. However, Denver's angelic voice haunted him when he thought about cutting the track: that is until Julie convinced him to try. "I thought I didn't have a prayer of doing it justice, but Julie really kept insisting; she kept empowering me and enabling me.I was terrified of it. I don't sound like John Denver. Somehow I found another way to sound alright."

The album closes with Fogerty and Springsteen's yearning take on "When Will I Be Loved," marking the first time the two legends and longtime admirers of each other have recorded together.

"I've wanted to do something with Bruce forever, probably 20-some odd years," Fogerty says of his tour mate on the Vote for Change outing. Fogerty traveled to Springsteen's New Jersey home to record the Boss's part. "The hardest part was it was in a very high range for Bruce's voice, but he got it done. He didn't complain; he didn't wimp out. It sounds great. It was remarkable how much of a chance he would take."

But in the end, as Fogerty notes, whether he was recording with Springsteen or the Eagles or with the band, when it came to making The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again, "I just sing my own style." And no one does that better than John Fogerty.


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64 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Ridge Rangers Return...sort of August 31, 2009
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Like many Fogerty fans, I was thrilled to see that John was again digging into his roots and influences to produce an album as his alter ego, the Blue Ridge Rangers. That original album holds a special place for me, as it was a window into the very foundation of Creedence Clearwater Revival, one of the greatest American rock bands of any era.

Many folks forget that when the original album was released in 1973, it was not a John Fogerty album. The band was "The Blue Ridge Rangers"(no reference to Fogerty at all), the songs were all covers, and CCR was nowhere to be found. It was not promoted as a Fogerty project. I won't go into the well-known contract hassles and history of Fogerty, Fantasy and CCR, or why this was so. It really doesn't matter here. What does matter is that the original album was a brilliant effort entirely crafted by John Fogerty and it was clearly a love letter to the music that inspired him. Yet, when it was released, he was completely absent despite the fact that the record yielded two hit singles. No glory, no spotlight, nothing. The cover showed the band in silhouette standing on a ridge with the sun setting behind them. To make such an obviously personal record, a record that required an extraordinary effort in engineering and recording talent and technique, and then release it under the name of a fictitious band is hard to imagine even today.

What a record that first Blue Ridge Rangers album was. When I hear the loose gospel harmonies, accompanied by a tentatively rattling tamborine, at the beginning of "Workin' On A Building" I get goosebumps. This was not the era of ProTools and digital recording. This was John Fogerty going into the studio with tape and reel and creating an aural movie.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ridin' Off With The Blue Ridge Rangers September 8, 2009
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The first thing you notice on this CD is how happy John Fogerty sounds. Well, he should, these are all the songs he loves- he says if he had to get up and sing in a bar, these are the songs he would choose. The history of the Blue Ridge Rangers has been told many times-when it was time to hang up the Cleerance Clearwater tunes, he took some time off, but then recorded again. Not knowing how to sing without a group he named his group the Blue Ridge Rangers. However, he made up all the members and played every instrument. That was years ago, and when he resurrected the group, he got some real good time players. This CD is the best, you are so gonna like it!

These tunes of Fogerty's are some of the ones I love. The biggest and best surprise to me is Ricky Nelson's old 'Garden Party'-I have loved that song forever and John F says he can relate to it- he and Ricky were very smart men. Fogerty chose Don Henley to help him with this one- play it over and over. 'Never Ending Song Of Love' an old timer incarnate! 'Back Home Again' didn't we all love John Denver at one time? Ray Price, 'I'll Be There If Ever You Need Me'-ya gotta love it- what a tune. 'Change In The Weather' is an original of John Fogerty's. I know you're gonna be shocked by this one' Moody River' originally sung by Pat Boone- it is marvelous!!! 'Heaven's Just A Sin Away' by the Kendalls- whoopee! And, to top this marvelous CD off, Bruce Springsteen joins John Fogerty with the Everly Brothers 'When Will I Be Loved'- never, ever heard it any better, never eva!

LA Times says "By nearly any measure, Fogerty belongs on the A list of rock musicians who matter.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great CD by a True American Original September 6, 2009
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The first thing that comes to mind on this CD is "pure class".

Fogerty, one of the U.S.'s under-appreciated artists, is a man in his 60s, who somehow, has a remarkable voice that keeps improving.

The professionalism of the band and Fogerty's painstaking arrangements and album production, makes it a joy to listen to.

Fogerty's choice of country/rock/folksy songs are impeccable.

That band is sensational. The pedal steel guitar, goes right through my heard. the country fiddler is perfect. Fogerty's acoustic guitar playing is fantastic, as the album is obviously a labor of love for John.

The harmonies with Eagles Henly and Schmidt sound GREAT on Garden Party!! What great lyrics the late Rick Nelson wrote in that classic.

The album is all about the music, not ego and it is a joy to hear a pro's pro doing it right. Fogerty's singing, arrangements and production really allows the listener to hear and feel the lyrics as almost all of the songs are covers of classics.

If I were to compare the sound to anything, I would compare it to the early Poco albums, which was a combination of musicians, some of who stayed with Poco, some went to form The Eagles and then there was Loggins and Messina, for where Jim Messina went.

Relax, kick back, and listen on a really good audio system. Please, not on a crappy Ipod, making these classic's MP3's.
If portable, PLEASE getg a Cowon, which makes the Ipod sound like a tinny toy. The Cowon's have FLAC(losless) and OGG (the best lossy format available), native to them.

Keep it going John.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Songs are great - but not as good as his other CDs.
Published 3 months ago by Marcella Iovino
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album by John Fogerty
This c d is great to listen too. never gets old. all the songs are good.
I love this kind of old music. You can't beat it for good rock.
Published 4 months ago by ben h
5.0 out of 5 stars Can the "sequel" be better ?
I thought the 1st BRR album was great , but this one is even better. Rock on, John! Ready for the next one any time.
Published 6 months ago by jrob4952
5.0 out of 5 stars John Fogerty The Best of the Best
John Fogerty has been my very favorite since he was with CCR. I have most all of his music. He is the real deal and my opinion is that they don't come any better. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cover album
Fogerty doing nothing but cover songs. I especially like his version of Haunted House among others. Not a bad track on here. One of my favorite albums this month.
Published 15 months ago by Handsome Harry
5.0 out of 5 stars John Forgerty SCORES BIG AGAIN
I'm a huge Fogerty fan beginning with CCR! I own every CCR album, cassette, and CD ever released! And now John continues on with his own unique style of writing and covers of a... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Howard V.B.
5.0 out of 5 stars have the original.
i have the c.d. playing right now, and enjoy the fact that john has thought it
worth it to revisit the early days.

ted turner
Published 16 months ago by ted
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing!
Foggy back to his roots. Simply Amazing, Wonderful, Marvellous!!! I'm a suspected fan cause I love this guy since I was 15 years old when I heard Creedence for the First time. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Francisco F. Lima Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fogerty doing country classics!
Every bit as good as his first "Blue Ridge Rangers" CD. This guy can do it all. There are no boundries for John Fogerty! Please keep `em coming! SUPER DUPER!!!!!
Published 18 months ago by Chris Lyness
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD CD FROM AN AMERICAN GENIUS
John Fogerty is, in my opinion, the best American song-writer of our generation. Some of his works are going to be sung as long as The American culture exists,. and long it may be. Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by S. Marzban
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