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John Fogerty – The Long Road Home In Concert (DTS)


Picture: C+     Sound: B     Extras: C-     Concert: B



Creedence Clearwater Revival was one of the hottest American Rock Bands in their time from 1968 – 1972, but then they disappeared and the question was, what happened to them?  They were on a huge roll, including 5 #2 hits, ironic since they never had a #1 single.  Their albums also sold strongly and a few of those were #1s, but when the band broke up, it turned out to be more bitter than anyone thought as John Fogerty was joined on stage by other famous musicians at their 1983 Rock-N-Roll Hall Of Fame induction while the remaining band members watched and/or left.


Brother Tom had left the band in 1971 for a failed solo career before the band disbanded and passed away in 1990, but John first went solo in 1973 as the pretend band The Blue Ridge Rangers and had more success.  In 1975, he went out on his won name and had a Top 30 hit with Rockin' All Over The World, then made the big comeback in 1985 with his huge hit album Centerfield and The Old Man Down The Road announced his permanent return to solo performing after a long hiatus.  The Long Road Home In Concert is a recent concert (September 15, 2005) that shows he continues to be the heart and soul that made his original band work and now that Fantasy Records has new owners, he has completed one of the roughest round-trips in music history.  The songs performed here are:



  1. Travelin' Band
  2. Green River
  3. Who'll Stop The Rain
  4. Blue Moon Nights
  5. Lodi
  6. Lookin' Out My Backdoor
  7. Hot Rod Heart
  8. Rambunctious Boy
  9. She's Got Baggage
  10.  Born On The Bayou
  11.  Bootleg
  12.  Run Through The Jungle
  13.  Déjà Vu
  14.  Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
  15.  Tombstone Shadow
  16.  Keep On Chooglin'
  17.  Sweet Hitch Hiker
  18.  Hey Tonight
  19.  Down On The Corner
  20.  Center Field
  21.  Up Around The Bend
  22.  The Old Man Down The Road
  23.  Fortunate Son
  24.  Bad Moon Rising
  25.  Rockin' All Over The World
  26.  Proud Mary



Unlike most rockers from his time, Fogerty still has the energy and power of his convictions.  Most rockers today have no conviction to begin with and while Fogerty is authentic Rock and Southern Rock, a legacy The Eagles and harder-core bands continued, it reminds us that the very ultra-conservative forces CCR and Fogerty were against have done their best to hijack their Southern ground in profound ways.  People like that do not like the John Fogertys and Don Henleys of the world, because they never sell out and everything about the fun, excitement and power of this concert attests to that for Fogerty.  The title more than indicates he realizes it every bit too.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is one of the soft-side digital High Definition concert transfers we have seen, though the color is still not bad.  The shooting is livelier than the stillborn type we have been seeing.  Even better, the sound is not bad in Dolby Digital 5.1 and much better in DTS 5.1, making it a DVD release worthy of all the SACD’s Fantasy Records issued of his former band.  If you particularly like the 2-channel The Concert SACD, you’ll find this an interesting and worthy companion piece.  The only extra is a three-minutes-long Bonus Exclusive Video of the politically-charged "Déjà Vu All Over Again".  This is one of the best concert discs we have seen this year, and with the plethora of such releases, that is impressive.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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