Wrote a Song for Everyone
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Wrote a Song for Everyone

May 28, 2013

  Song Title
Fortunate Son (with Foo Fighters)
Almost Saturday Night (with Keith Urban)
Lodi (with Shane and Tyler Fogerty)
Mystic Highway
Wrote a Song for Everyone (with Miranda Lambert, feat. Tom Morello)
Bad Moon Rising (with Zac Brown Band)
Long As I Can See the Light (with My Morning Jacket)
Born On the Bayou (with Kid Rock)
Train of Fools
Someday Never Comes (with Dawes)
Who'll Stop the Rain (with Bob Seger)
Hot Rod Heart (with Brad Paisley)
Have You Ever Seen the Rain (with Alan Jackson)
Proud Mary (with Jennifer Hudson, feat. Allen Toussaint and Rebirth Brass Band)

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company
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  • Total Length: 59:27
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,267 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Pleasant Surprise May 28, 2013
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When I first heard about this album coming out, my intitial response was, "Great, John Fogerty has fallen into the old trap of releasing a cheesy duets album of a bunch of rehashed CCR stuff." But to my pleasant surpise and astonishment, this album is outstanding and breathes a freshness into some of American's greatest rock and roll songs ever written. What I enjoy the most is how each artist brings their own take to the song. True, some like "Almost Saturday Night" don't stray too far from the original, but others like Bob Seger's take on "Who'll Stop the Rain" and Miranda Lambert and Tom Morello on "Wrote a Song for Everyone", showcase these songs in a different and refreshing light. John's two new songs, "Mystic Highway" and "Train of Fools", prove that he is still loaded with a great deal of that songwriting magic. I would be willing to bet that this CD has pumped new life into John Fogerty, and will also introduce him to a whole new audience of folks under the age of 40 who are only familiar with his better known CCR hit singles.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible, not just for CCR fans May 29, 2013
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The cynic in me thought, oh here we go again, another R&R veteran cashing in on his old hits. But then Rolling Stone rated this 5 stars and that got my attention. And wow, this is just terrific.

One mark of truly great songs (vs. great recordings) is that they can be reworked many times and sound fresh and new each time, as long as care is taken with the arrangement. Case in point: Proud Mary. The original with CCR, Tina Turner's smoking version, and the version here with Jennifer Hudson and a New Orleans all-star cast are all very different. And each is exceptional.

It becomes completely obvious after only one listen that Fogerty absolutely wanted to avoid the "cashing in" scenario. This is a labor of love. The first clue is that almost every song was recorded in a different studio, meaning Fogerty traveled to wherever was convenient for the collaborators to ensure that the recordings were done together live in the studio, not tacked on after-the-fact overdubs. It makes a huge difference as the collaborators are clearly thrilled to be involved with one of the greatest rock-and-roll songwriters of all time. You can't fake this. For evidence, just listen to the Foo Fighters absolutely shred the opening track "Fortunate Son". Is it possible to be filled with even more venom and bile than the original? Apparently so, but who'd have thought it?

Some of the tracks are quite true to the original, some deviate significantly. No matter. All are terrific. There's also two lesser known solo songs and two new songs. Thankfully, these are interspersed with the rest of the album, not just tacked on to the end as "bonus" tracks. Those four songs might not be anthems that everybody knows by heart but they are damn good and kudos to Mr.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A home run June 9, 2013
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Been a big Fogerty fan since I first heard the opening chords of Proud Mary back in 1968. Like a few others have said, I wanted to hate this album from the time I first heard about its pending release many months ago. Born On The Bayou w/ Kid Rock was the first song I heard from it about a month or so ago before the album was released and I thought my initial feelings were going to be correct as this is without a doubt the worst song on it. With that out of the way, the rest of it is absolutely fantastic. Maybe Lodi misses a bit of the feel of the original being done in a more uptempo way here, but hey the original is still there on GREEN RIVER. A couple of my favorite songs in their original form, namely, Someday Never Comes and Almost Saturday Night I may actually like better on this album although I miss the guitar riff of ASN not being played by Fogerty's guitar at the beginning, only mimicked by Keith Urban's banjo and not being repeated at the end like the original. Again, the great original version is still there on the solo John Fogerty album from '74.
Others reviewers have stated that they don't care for Fogerty sounding so "country" on this record. That is pure bs. If you want to hear Fogerty sounding country, check out his first solo album "The Blue Ridge Rangers" from 1973. That is my favorite album of all time so I have no problem with Fogerty having some country going on. In fact, I hope he does another album some day like that one as I don't consider the "BRR Rides Again", a weak album for sure is not a true follow up to that great '73 release.
Anyway, back to this album. It stands on its own as a great record and one that may even get him some new fans and finally put to rest and argument that he needs (no offense intended) those other two guys to make a great album.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Foge Takes a Victory Lap May 29, 2013
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For Fogerty fans, the next best thing to a new Fogerty album with new Fogertunes -- is a new Fogerty album with old Fogertunes!

I agree with some other reviewers here that I was skeptical about this duets album. After all, I thought old John had taken a victory NAP on the rather unnecessary "Blue Ridge Rangers Ride Again" album a while back, lending only vocals and some background guitar.

Fortunately, here he seems again fully engaged, as a songwriter, singer, guitarist, arranger, and producer.

In short, Fogerty fans will want this album because the Foge and friends breathe new life into some of his best songs. And fans of good music will want this album because -- well, you're not going to find so many classic songs so well played and sung on any other album this year, unless Bob Seger comes up with another "Face the Promise."

There's some wondrous stuff here. The Foo Fighters knock "Fortunate Son" out of the park, and Miranda Lambert and Tom Morello take "Wrote a Song for Everyone" places that lovely ballad has never been. Brad Paisley and the Foge trade scorching gee-tar licks on "Hot Rod Heart," and Alan Toussaint brings his Dixieland magic to "Proud Mary." As for Jennifer Hudson's singing on that timeless song -- lord, but that girl has a set of pipes, and she pulls out all the stops here!

I was also thrilled to hear the new rendition of "Someday Never Comes" by John and a group I had never heard of called Dawes. This song is a lost classic if ever there was one, from CCR's disastrous "Mardi Gras" album -- and I don't know if John has sung it for forty years. I always thought maybe it was too painful for him to sing, given the heartbreaking theme of fathers and sons failing to live up to their promises.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, not great
I'm not sure what to make of this CD, it's not CCR or JF solo. It's a collection of his songs with some guests on back-up. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Oldfart48
4.0 out of 5 stars Good tribute album
Like another reviewer stated on here, and which I thought of before I read his review, the original recordings are so exceptional, that remakes are an iffy prospect at best. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Charles - Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Ol' John Fogerty
Compilation of most of his best numbers, but with a kick! One could call the "kick" the varied "guest stars" or "big names sitting-in" a big bonus. Read more
Published 10 days ago by phillyGeorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than ever
John has aged extremely well. The combinations of performers works magic for me. Recommended for Fogerty fans both new and recycled.
Published 11 days ago by David Grams
5.0 out of 5 stars This is John many years after CCR he still looks pretty much the same...
I know I've seen him on TV specials, the one that pops in my head was the one when he started Born on the Bayou when the show was about the family that got rich making those duck... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should have this album
My title should say it all, but amazon requires 20 words, or something along those lines. Let's face it, if CCR didn't have so many disagreements we would be talking about them... Read more
Published 1 month ago by haystack
4.0 out of 5 stars great cd
This is a classic cd that was recommended by a friend. It didn't dissappoint. If you are a Fogerty fan, you will like this one.
Published 1 month ago by teresa neel
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the same old songs - new versions new energy
Wasn't really sure what to expect here but was very pleasantly surprised. The songs held true to the originals but with some nice new spins and great energy.
Published 1 month ago by David Mckenry
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I expected.
While I love John Fogerty music, I didn't care for all the country western renditions. Dave Grohl, Kid Rock and Bob Seger collaborations were fantastic!
Published 1 month ago by Madge
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
If you like John Fogerty you will love this CD. And once again I liked all of the songs. With his co-singers it changed up his old songs so they were fun to hear again
Published 1 month ago by Nicole
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