Another Fogerty With Talent
G. J Wiener | Westchester, NY USA | 11/25/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"John Fogerty certainly stands as a integral part of rock n roll especially as the leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival. However, lost in the mix was his older brother Tom Fogerty. While with Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Fogerty's role was limited to playing rhythm guitar. Out of frustration, Tom quite CCR and recorded several solo CD's.
Whereas on a commercial basis, Tom Fogerty's solo career did not flourish, on an artistic basis there is plenty of creativity on many of the tracks of this greatest hits collection. Tom actually sounds like a sweeter version of his more famous brother which is good in its own way. And there are some catchy tunes in this compilation.
Joyful Resurection is loaded with strong hooks and steady keyboards and not too mention good background vocals by none other than Doug Clifford and Stu Cook. Brother John contributes guitar on here as well. This song would have been a great single if it were released on Pendulum and maybe Creedence would have had a longer life span.
Another highlight include the trippy Goodbye Media Man. The organ soloing by Merl Saunders is just awesome. Steady drumming and guitar playing just add to the experience. The Legend of Alcatraz, Just Another Trojan Song, Sometimes, and Champagne Love are other songs that are strong on melody. Jerry Garcia adds some good guitar on a couple of other songs.
For those old time Creedence Clearwater fans who think John Fogerty was the main talent might find that older brother Tom had some noteworthy talents in his day.
You are missed, Tom
Brent | Ohio | 10/28/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you have any doubt as to Tom Fogerty's invaluable contribution to Creedance Clearwater Revivial, just simply remember the group's material AND popularity just plummeted after his departure. And if you are not aware of just how prolific the man was following his departure, then do yourself a favor and purchase this CD. True, it ain't Creedance, but, given how badly Creedance stunk on their final two albums, maybe that's all right. And if you insist: listen to the track, "Joyful Resurrection" on this CD (or the "Zephyr National" album from whence that song originally came), and you will swear that that "MUST have been a track from 'Cosmo's Factory'!" 'Course...as "Zephyr National" was the ONLY album ever released by ANY ex-member of Creedance that all four of the guys played on, well... And you'll be pleasantly surprised at the...well...magnitude of Tom's voice and talent. Don't get me wrong, I still firmly believe that John Fogerty is one of America's greatest national resources, but DO be fair and just listen to the fact that he wasn't the ONLY Fogerty with the voice OR the songs. And as a long-time fan of liner notes, those included with this CD are some of the very best I've ever read (I didn't even KNOW that Tom had passed away.) RIP, Tom Fogerty; if there's any justice in this world, maybe this CD will give you your just due."
Sensational and refreshing album!
Hiram Gomez Pardo | Valencia, Venezuela | 12/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album brings us the best memories of Fogerty in his successful period with the Credence Clearwater Revival . What a sincere country ballads , filled with charm , humor and expressiveness , specially Everymen , Champagne love , The legend of Alcatraz, Joyful resurrection , Mistery train , and I love you
I guess you will share so nice and great moments with your closed friends with this superb album .