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Centerfield Original recording remastered, Import

4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (July 3 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00005B7FF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 18 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. Vanz Kant Danz

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

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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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 200.
That was an obvious triumph for Fogerty, and a testament to his immense popularity that he managed to survive ten years (an eternity in the record business) almost without being heard of, only to return in such a manner. Who else besides The Beatles, The Eagles and Led Zeppelin could possibly hope for anything like that?
The funny thing is that the album itself is good, but not truely great ("Blue Moon Swamp" is a much better record). Light-hearted pop-rockers dominate "Centerfield", and there is absolutely nothing on here as good as his best CCR-compositions.
(Yes, I have everything John Fogerty ever played or sang on, so I'm entitled to complain a little!)
But second-rate Fogerty album tracks are still better than most rock bands' best singles, and even though there are no real classics on here, the quality of the songs is consistently high, with "The Old Man Down The Road", "Big Train (from Memphis)" and "Rock n' Roll Girls" being the best.
Go buy it. And get "Blue Moon Swamp" and "John Fogerty" as well, if you haven't already.
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