The Blue Ridge Rangers Import
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is an excellant cd..that nobody knows about. Fogerty played all instruments. Buy this..only wished they would remaster it. 5 stars out of 5.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
John Fogerty gives us his renditions of some country classics. His rendition of Hank Williams' Jambalaya is worth the price of admission.
LUV luv luv this music. It's what I grew up with and it's finally here! Yay very satisfied with this purchase. Thank You very much!!!Published 24 months ago by Jovogirl55
An album that's normally hard to find. Love it.John Fogerty at his best. A very good album. A fan favorite.Published on June 12 2013 by Art Forbister
I will definitely not be ordering from Import CDs again, they not only sent me the completely wrong CD. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2013 by Aimee16
With or without his bandmates in Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mr.Fogerty has always been one of the most artless performers that I've ever known; he's certainly never tried to be... Read morePublished on March 11 2005 by Christopher Xavier Cross