"This album made me want to take a short roadtrip. Collaborations with Don Henley and Springsteen were a nice surprise, but the song selection overall for the album puzzled me somewhat - nothing cohesive - and nothing reminiscent of Fogerty's best work in the legendary Creedence Clearwater days or even his first effort after distancing himself from Creedance around 1973 with the debut solo album The Blue Ridge Rangers. Fogerty should select songs that will bring that emotion out better because most of his fans enjoy that rebellious Creedance creole crooner, not the begrudged country outlaw singer. Nothing original in the album in my opinion. Nothing fresh."
Another GREAT Fogerty Collection
MichaelFla | Homestead, Fla | 09/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I can't believe any serious John Fogerty/Creedence fan would find fault in this collection... This is not a ranting FanBoy review but rather coming from a first-gen, "old" hippie-I-was-there-when-Creedence-was-king... Seriousy, this is a beautiful... no... gorgeous collection of songs.
For each song Fogerty sets his canvas on the musical easel and paints a sometimes simple, sometimes homespun, sometimes big-sounding collection of country flavored tunes as only he could do. I'm going to keep this review simple; If you are a fan of CCR and Fogerty's solo work (especially his 1st Blue Ridge release) then this CD is a must... The highlight of this collection is "Haunted House" where I wish that, during the jam, the band would have kept the fire burning for another 10 minutes or so. That's how good that cut is. Fogerty's back under a slightly different guise, but each change of costume suits him just fine... get this one, lay back, close you eyes and enjoy!"
Fogerty Sounds Great and laid back in this Nice Collection
Daniel Hurley | Chesapeake, VA. | 09/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I particularly like this CD because Fogerty's voice sounds great and he sings with a sweet effortless voice. As the review in Rolling Stone notes, his voice and free spirit seem to fit well with country and he does sound at home and confident. His selection of songs has an interesting range from John Denver to Rick Nelson but these all seem to be songs that he appears to have personally selected. I have several of his more recent post Credence CDs and I find this one of his better releases. It may seem low key for die hard fans but it is a record that Fogerty certainly wanted to do and the quality in his perfrmance won't displrease. Although country with a touch of rock sound it does take me back Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in their early prime when they song some old tunes like "When Will the Circle Be Unbroken" . I particularly liked Pradise, Never Ending Song of Love, Garden Party (w/ Henley & Scmidt), Heaven is just a sin away and Fallin, Fallin, Fallin. I heard him two years ago in VA. Beach at the "Two John's Concert" (Fogerty/Mellencamp) and I think his voices here sounds even better. Whether you're a fan of Fogerty or not, I think you will enjoy his personal picks."
Heading back to the Country/Bluegrass side of things
Concerned One | Clarinda, IA | 09/03/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album brings me back to the lazy days of summer when I was a kid, listening to classic rock and country stations that my Dad used to have on in the Garage when he was working on things. An easy flowing collection of cover tunes featuring guests like Bruce Springsteen on When Will I Be Loved, and Don Henley and Timothy Schmit on Garden Party, both Really good tracks. This Album is a good example of John's flexability to go between the rock and country genres and how he has made significant contributions to both. The Deluxe Edition is one of the best Packages/Artwork I have seen this year thus far, with a heavy slick liner notes/photos and digipack. The DVD is good bonus material for the collector like me. Worth the extra price to me (only a two dollar difference during release week here on amazon, so why not spend it). Worth a spin or two in the CD player for fans go solid classic Country/Rock."