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Centerfield [Original recording remastered, Import]

John Fogerty Audio CD
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1. The Old Man Down The Road
2. Rock And Roll Girls
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4. I Saw It On T.V.
5. Mr. Greed
6. Searchlight
7. Centerfield
8. I Can't Help Myself
9. Vanz Kant Danz

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The 1985 smash solo release from the Creedence frontman is "ready to play!"

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4.0 out of 5 stars JOHN FOGERTY- "CENTERFIELD" 1985 March 9 2004
By jms2979
Format:Audio CD
After a decade of silence, John Fogerty made a hit with the yuppie generation with "Centerfield." You all know the song "Put Me in coach/I'm ready to play today.....look at me/I can be/centerfield." You here it at any professional baseball game you go to. Well kiddies, that is John Fogerty. He was once the creative force behind a band called Creedence Clearwater Revival in the 60's.
This album is really a comment on John's relationship with Fantasy Records and its top man Saul Zaentz. To make a long story short, John and Saul had a bad relationship, so John waited out his contract and eventually signed with Warner Bros. And just like any good artist, he expressed it in song. "Vanz Kant Danz" is one of these songs that references Saul.
A pretty good album, but the 80's production really takes away from a gritty performance that had become expected from Fogerty. Also check out "The Old Man is Down The Road," Fantasy tried to sue John for copyright infringement on himself.
"The Old Man Down The Road"
"Rock And Roll Girls"
"Vanz Kant Danz"
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Things had changed since CCR's hitmaking days 15 years earlier. By late 1984/early '85, would a 40 year-old guy be able to compete with the synth pop, arena rock and new wave all over MTV and the radio? H*ll yeah! It hit high on the Billboard chart, John Fogerty was cool all over again. I still remember when it came out. I was only a little 3 year old and liked it! It doesn't sound too different from CCR material. This is 80's swamp rock, if such a thing exists.
1. Old Man Down the Road -- One of the big hits here, which even had a popular MTV video. The most CCR sounding tune here, extremely catchy, yet slightly tough, with menacing lyrics. Pop based blues rock that anyone with any taste in music would love.
2. Rock & Roll Girls -- The lesser known retro yet fresh sounding AOR hit. A more fun, saxophone based uptempo rocker that's sure to please. Also sounds a bit like CCR.
3. Big Train From Memphis -- A mid tempo, Elvis tinged country tune. Not quite as good as the first two hits, but a great underrated piece.
4. I Saw it on TV -- A laid back catchy ballad, probably about John's younger days, growing up and about believing what he (and others) saw on, well, TV. Reflective without being preachy. Another more old time sounding track.
5. Mr. Greed -- A slightly hard rock based catchy, yet angry blues rocker. From what I hear, aimed at his former manager. If the words don't bother you, you'll love this. Just because it wasn't a hit, it's no less good.
6. Searchlight -- Many albums have at least one boring song. This is Centerfield's. Not a ballad, but a very slow, bluesy (too much so) ditty that just doesn't seem to go anywhere. It doesn't seem to fall into any particular category. It's not god awful or anything, but you won't exactly be hitting 'Repeat' on it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bases Are Loaded Jan. 17 2004
By Barry
Format:Audio CD
John Fogerty was the driving force and musical genius behind one of the best bands of the late 60's, Creedence Clearwater Revival. The amount of product and great, quality songs in such a short time is amazing, and Fogerty's gift for being able to pound out classic songs, wether it's a hit or not, has always been astounding. This 1985 solo release from the singer, really harks back to the old days of Creedence. There is a sense of the old stuff on here and John is in fine voice and playing. He had previously released three studio albums before this, but none of the three were very successful or held a candle to his Creedence work. "Hoodoo" wasn't even released. "Blue Ridge Rangers" was a fantastic Country album, and you should check it out. But John really scored and made a mark as a solo artist with this set. His first released set of recordings, at the time, in 15 years. While there is some experimentation on here with drum machines and very 80's sounding type stuff, the album is a success overall. "The Old Man Down The Road" is a classic Fogerty song with a classic and unforgettable guitar catch. It doesn't sound a whole lot like "Run Through The Jungle". It's different enough for me. "Rock And Roll Girls", is a very fun and pleasant track with a sense of classic type sounding rockabilly to it, but it is pretty dispensable in the end, even though it is a favorite of mine. The main hit, and the reason why this CD is as remembered as it is, it the title track, "Centerfield". John has a love for baseball and he has said that he wanted to write a classic type song for the game that could stand the test of time. Mission accomplished John, because you did it. Read more ›
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The zenith of the Reagan era, & John Fogerty was there: the ChiCubs won their division that year, & "Centerfield" sounded like their anthem. Radio stations recycled "Old Man..." & "Rock&Roll Girls" as if they were sole songs on the market. (Anyone see the "Old Man..." video?)
"Big Train..." & "I Saw It..." were high-voltage tunes sung with restraint, something utterly foreign to today's acts or anybody in the public eye. Fogery tried his hand here @tech drums ("I Can't Help Myself").
Fogerty then went into the dark woods: his old record company (a.k.a. Saul Zaentz, who apparently had it hard for J.C.F.) sued him & the WB for copyright infringement (claiming "Old Man..." was warmed-over CCR "Run Thru the Jungle"). Fogerty prevailed, then proceeded to sue for recovery of attorney's fees.
Up until 1994, no prevailing defendant in a copyright case had ever recovered attorney's fees without showing that original suit was frivolous; Fogerty's lawyers never claimed that original suit was frivolous. Supreme Court (1994) ruled for Fogerty, & case is still taught as precedent in law school patent & copyright courses. So "Centerfield" is a major historical document as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Fogerty
I don't have it yet, but I will get this 25th anniversary edition, because the music is really, really worth it. Read more
Published on July 14 2010 by Douglas Horton
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine comeback
When John Fogerty made his comeback in 1985, after ten years of abscense, "Centerfield" shot to #1 with a bullet, not on the "old, uncool rock records" list, but on the Billboard... Read more
Published on April 18 2003 by Docendo Discimus
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Title Track - CCR Toned Songs Good - Rest Is Mixed Bag
By the mid-1980s, I had become a huge baseball nut. The Yankees were in the midst of a terrific playoff race with the Toronto Blue Jays that summer of 1985 when "Centerfield" was... Read more
Published on Oct. 4 2002 by S. Heffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Centerfield Is A Homerun
John Fogerty was the driving force behind maybe the best American rock band of all time, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Read more
Published on Sept. 15 2002 by P Magnum
5.0 out of 5 stars a great one john.
wow this album is terrfic it makes me feel warm inside, i yurn for the simple things in life . john delivers another classic one with that ccr tone which is his & his alone ,... Read more
Published on July 31 2002 by Brent Hilton
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but interesting effort from Fogerty
I don't know why Amazon didn't run my last review of the Fogerty album. I'll try again. After over a decade of silence (Fogerty essentially went on strike against his old album... Read more
Published on Feb. 15 2002 by Wayne Klein
3.0 out of 5 stars pleasant, but forgettable
Being a semi-fan of CCR and finding this lying around my dad's collection, I gave this a try. I'll just give it a brief song-by-song bit:
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Published on Jan. 1 2002 by Dan Hogg
5.0 out of 5 stars Correction
This is a correction to a complaint in the first review. They stated that Mr. Fogerty chickened out and changed the name of the song to "Vanz Kant Dance". Read more
Published on Dec 13 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite up to the best of Creedence, but then again....
This is easily Fogerty's finest work solo even though some of it is a bit derivative ("Old Man" from CCR's own "Run Through The Jungle"! Read more
Published on Oct. 29 2001 by Nicholas C. Carlson
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