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The Blue Ridge Rangers Import

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  • Audio CD (May 2 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fantasy Records
  • ASIN: B000000XC0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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1. Blue Ridge Mountain Blues
2. Somewhere Listening (For My Name)
3. You're The Reason
4. Jambalaya (On The Bayou)
5. She Thinks I Still Care
6. California Blues (Blue Yodel #4)
7. Workin' On A Building
8. Please Help Me, I'm Falling
9. Have Thine Own Way, Lord
10. I Ain't Never
11. Hearts Of Stone
12. Today I Started Loving You Again

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Format: Audio CD
John Fogerty, the reigning frontman to one of the best and most influential rock bands of the mid to late '60's, had left the band and had gone solo. No surprise there. When he did leave, one wondered what the next step his career and sound would take. Would the Creedence music and sound(all due to Fogerty)continue?. Yes. But what did Fogerty do when he went solo and released his first solo record in 1973?. He delivered a hardcore country album. This is by no means a real departure for John or from some of the music of CCR. There was a lot of country in their sound and that type of music. It had always been done in the band, but never a full album of it. There are a couple tunes that are straddling the line of traditional country and the country/rock sound of some of CCR's songs. But it's mostly stone cold country. Something Fogerty is a master at, and something most country fans probably wished he did more of since country is filled with generic soft pop/rock. The albums opens with the toe tapping jumbo blaster, "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues", a traditional old number Fogerty makes his. He then covers "Somewhere Listening(For My Name), which was a song done by Archie Branlee of the Mississippi Blind Boys. "You're The Reason" is a classic sounding country tune, originally done by Bobby Edwards, and it fits perfectly to Fogerty's voice. The best track on the album is "Jambalaya(On The Bayou", an old Hank Williams classic. A teriffic song that sounds as if John could of written it himself. Surprisingly, it was a top 20 hit on the Billboard singles chart, and the other hit here was the harder sounding "Hearts Of Stone", which was a top 40 hit at #37.Read more ›
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Format: Audio CD
Fogerty's first solo album was started concurrently with the last CCR album. While it's nice to have it in print on CD, it's desperately in need of remastering. Fogerty aquits himself quite well on these remakes of classic country & western and gospel tunes. The arrangements don't necessarily improve the originals but have Fogerty's classic sound crafted around the original songs.
While his one man band isn't perfect, there's a charm and some very nice playing throughout the album. A suggestion to Fantasy Records--since you don't have enough material to do a Fogerty box set why not reissue the album with the follow up Blue Ridge Rangers single Back in the Hills/You Don't Owe Me as bonus tracks and reissue it in state of the art 24 bit sound (or in the SACD format).
Since Fogerty's self title debut isn't available in the US but is available as an import, I'd suggest doing the same with that album. Fogerty cut a strong single prior to the release of John Fogerty (Comin' Down The Road/Ricochet). Adding that single to Fogerty's second solo album (the first offically issued under his name) with enhanced sound would be greatly apreciated by CCR/Fogerty fans.
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Format: Audio CD
The history of rock is often the history of roads not taken, ideas picked up and then dropped, "side projects" that suggested new horizons that were scarcely explored. With "Blue Ridge Rangers," John Fogerty's first solo album after the breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival, he went way into country and gospel, melding a few of his unique musical trademarks, specifically his signal guitar sound and the tight, double-tracked vocal harmonies, into some very traditional songs. One of them, his version of Hank Williams' "Jambalaya," was even a hit. His versions of the gospel standard "Workin' on a Building," the countrypolitan standards "She Thinks I Still Care," and "Today I Started Loving You Again," and the half-bluegrass cuts like "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues" are all very tasty.
But CCR was, above all a rock band, and so Fogerty decided, I guess, that he was born to rock. His solo albums since this one are all based on the CCR formula, updated in the 80s and 90s with Fogerty's imitations of his imitator, Bruce Springsteen. Some of it was very good (his next album after this one had the classic "Almost Saturday Night," and the song "Centerfield" is nice), but most of it sounds to my ears very sour and spiteful--albeit for reasons that have been well-documented and are perhaps justified, but also are none of our business. In retrospect, even a lot of CCR is pervaded by a kind of free-floating anger--at bandmates, at the music industry, at audiences, who knows? It's a feeling that limits how much fun you can have listening to them. Fogerty can be kind of a scold.
But not on "Blue Ridge Rangers." This album is a joyous musical treat that sounds like liberation for the artist. A moment in time that should be listened to more today. And a road that maybe Fogerty should be encouraged to take again.
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Format: Audio CD
I've always had a soft spot for this album.
Not a genuine rock song among the lot, this is all country and spirituals, yet Fogerty makes the whole thing sound sincere and appealing.
I'm a rock and blues fan myself, and I own very little in the way of traditional country, but I've always liked "The Blue Ridge Rangers".
The lead-off track is a real banjo-pickin' clog-stomper, the traditional "Blue Ridge Mountain Blues", yet Fogerty's characteristic baritone voice (no twang there) makes it into something that a rock band could actually play on stage and not have too many things thrown at them.
Then comes a beautiful religious piece, Mississippi Blind Boy Archie Brownlee's "Somewhere Listening For My Name", complete with a gospel choir consisting of Fogerty himself.
Bobby Edwards' "You're The Reason" has been transformed into something almost like a country-rocker with the addition of a rock n' roll backbeat from the man on the swivel chair (a certain Mr Fogerty), and Hank Williams' "Jambalaya" is given the rock treatment as well, guitar solo and everything, yet stays true to its country origins. Fogerty still does than one in concert on occation.
"She Thinks I Still Care" is a great vocal performance by John Fogerty, aided by himself on harmony vocals and steel guitar.
"Blue Yodel #4" was witten by the legendary Jimmie Rodgers, who influenced country- and blues singers alike, and the traditional gospel piece "Working On A Building" also popped up in concert on Fogerty's 1997-98 world tour. On this record he provides all the harmony vocals, hand claps and enthusiastic wails himself.
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