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Centerfield

John FogertyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000002L77
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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1. The Old Man Down The Road
2. Rock And Roll Girls
3. Big Train (From Memphis)
4. I Saw It On T.V.
5. Mr. Greed
6. Searchlight
7. Centerfield
8. I Can't Help Myself
9. Zanz Kant Danz

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John Fogerty - Centerfield (1985) original "Target" CD (with "periscope" or "target" graphics on CD label). Target graphics on label are red on neutral (silver).

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Nine years in the making, Centerfield, the former Creedence Clearwater Revival singer-songwriter's return to the big leagues, is a tasteful piece of traditional rock values. "The Old Man Down the Road" is prime CCR-swamp boogie, while "Rock and Roll Girls" and the title track were mainstream '80s hits. Fogerty kept his Elvis Presley candle burning bright with "Big Train from Memphis" and his social commentary to the fore with "I Saw It on TV." He even took a swipe at his old label chief (who burned him of his CCR songwriting royalties) with "Zanz Can't Dance" (later retitled). --Rob O'Connor

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John Fogerty was away from the centerfield of the music business for 11 years so it's no surprise that when he returned he hit a homerun with his album "Centerfield". Featuring three hit singles ("The Old Man Down the Road", "Rock 'n' Roll Girls" and the title track), this new edition sounds quite nice and features two b-sides that were on the singles from the follow up album "Eye of the Zombie"-"My Toot Toot" which had been a minor hit for Rockin' Sidney (Sidney Simien who wrote the song and appears on Fogerty's remake)and Queen Ida and Her Bon Temps (who revived it right around the same time and had a hit with the song as well) and "I Confess" by the Bay Area gospel group the Four Rivers. While both songs would have fit better on an "Eye of the Zombie" reissue (the latter was recorded with the band for "Eye"), the swamp rock vibe runs through both so they do sound quite nice here.

Universal if you're listening you should release "I Confess" (editing the first 33 seconds off the beginning)as a single for radio airplay--it's a killer, catchy track and it's a crime that it has been out of circulation for 24 years.

Bob Ludwig's remaster sounds a lot like the previious remaster but lacks some of the dyanmic range of the first edition mastering of this album on CD. The real reason to get this though is to have the b-sides that have been added. The one flaw I found with "Centerfield" was the fact that Fogerty didn't have a real band playing on the album; while his one man band approach had served him well on "John Fogerty" and "Blue Ridge Rangers", the material here would have benefited from a full band AND a real drummer playing REAL drums. It's a minor quibble for an otherwise strong album.
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"Centerfield" was a long-needed breath of fresh air for the music scene in 1985. At the height of synthesizers, hair metal, and glam-pop, John Fogerty's first original album in nearly a decade was a down-home piece of work, as rustic as a Top Ten record could get in 1985. Sure there are little dashes of 80s technology here and there as needed (bits of keyboards and some clinical drum work show up on some songs), but for the Decade of Decadence, "Centerfield" was a rescue. The most relief was probably for Fogerty himself; after the disheartening breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1972, he recorded some now-obscured albums but his musical career was put to silence by overwhelming business disputes with CCR's old label, which would hault Fogerty for nine years until 'The Old Man Down the Road' appeared at the end of 1984 and became a smash hit. The album "Centerfield" followed and hit Number 1, much to the disdain of the hot shot executives with whom Fogerty had been battling.

Even though there were even some legal turmoils surrounding this album, it was John Fogerty who had the personal satisfaction (for both he and his fans) that the years of legal and contractual turmoil had not wrinkled his musical talent. The opening hit single is worthy of the "repeat" button on the stereo, and Fogerty follows suit with a string of memorable, down-home, personal, and celebratory songs. There's the carefree joy of 'Rock and Roll Girls,' 'I Can't Help Myself,' and the title track (which in some corners was ruined by those who constantly used it for a novelty baseball anthem). There's also the reflective sadness of 'I Saw It On T.V.,' and even personal demons and a desire for redemption in 'Searchlight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great sophomore effort by former CCR frontman November 9, 2005
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It was nine years between former CCR lead vocalist John Fogerty's first and second albums, much of which was spent ironing out troubles during his times with Creedence. However, Centerfield, with its mixture of blues, rockabilly, and rock, with a smooth pop polish proved that Fogerty had plenty more to share.

The #10 peak of the swamp bluesy "The Old Man Down The Road," of some scary juju man was indeed quite an oddity amid the synth-dominated Second British Invasion and hard-rock/heavy metal of the 1980's. In a cruel irony, Fogerty was sued for ripping himself off, namely Creedence's "Run Through The Jungle," but the court ruled in favour of him. I mean, doesn't a composer have the right to sound like himself? Crimony! Bob Rivers later parodied this song, "The Old Man On The Commode."

The next single was the #20 the upbeat "Rock and Roll Girls" complete with his vibrant country-rock vocals and a sax solo. Its B-side, the #44 title track, has become somewhat of an unofficial baseball anthem, as it pays homage to the nation's biggest sports, with nods to Joe DiMaggio, Willie Mays, and Ty Cobb, and even from Chuck Berry, "a brown-eyed handsome man."

The rockabilly of "Big Train From Memphis" is an homage to Elvis, while American history of the 50's to 60's is shown in the sobering "I Saw It On TV," whose sound sort of reminds me a bit of "Who Will Stop The Rain," with mention of Ike, Annette, the Davy Crockett fad, Elvis. The mention of the Beatles after JFK confirms Billy Joel saying that the Fabs cheered us up after Kennedy's death. Dark stuff includes the arms race and Westmoreland-"the light at the end of the tunnel was nothin' but a burglar's torch" and more personal criticism of Vietnam-"when they took my only son from me.
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