July 26, 2021

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John Fogerty Makes Peace with His Past


On Revival (Fantasy Records), John Fogerty comes to terms with and maybe even makes peace with his past. In doing so he’s created one of the best albums I’ve heard this year, and maybe in the past several years.

Fogerty’s history has been one of pop music’s legendary nightmares, involving several lawsuits, lingering bitterness between him and his former band mates in Creedence Clearwater Revival, deals and comebacks that often fizzled into nothing. That he survived at all and continued to make good and often great music (and for seven years he didn’t) is something of a miracle. While Fogerty has been criticized for his treatment of the surviving members of Creedence, most notably for refusing to perform with them at the ceremony their induction to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, there’s never been any doubt from a musical standpoint that Fogerty was the prime force, the genius behind the band’s success. On his first solo album, The Blue Ridge Rangers, which was a terrific album of country and gospel covers, he played every instrument himself and if there was a difference in sound, it was undetectable.

Article at CounterPunch