Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Check out John Fogerty's latest: 'The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again'

I've been listening to John Fogerty's latest CD, "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again" over the past few days.

It's a terrific collection of cover songs with that special Fogerty touch.

If you enjoy traditional country music or Bluegrass, you'll like "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again."

Standout tracks include John Prine's "Paradise," which I believe was also recorded by The Everly Brothers, "Never Ending Song of Love," a big hit for Delaney & Bonnie & Friends in 1971 and "Moody River," which was a hit by Pat Boone.

I also like "Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)" originally recorded by Buck Owens and "Heaven's Just a Sin Away," a hit by the father-daughter country act The Kendalls.

Fogerty also does a smoking cover version of his own "Change in the Weather" from his "Eye of the Zombie" CD.

The only clunkers on the CD are the two songs that feature big-name guest collaborators. Ricky Nelson's "Garden Party," featuring Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles, is a dull remake that doesn't have any of Nelson's sarcasm in it. The other dull cover is The Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved" (a big hit for Linda Ronstadt in the '70s) featuring Bruce Springsteen, who sounds like he phoned in the vocal.

Still, with 10 good songs, it's worth picking up the CD.

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