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November 24, 2005

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John Fogerty

The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty, Creedence Collection

Fantasy

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John Fogerty, like many artists, has fought his demons from time to time. Unfortunately, one of those demons was a legal one, preventing him from performing songs from his Creedence Clearwater Revival days for many years. Fortunately, bad blood and lawsuits have been buried and Fogerty’s back with his first collection of Creedence and solo work in The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty, Creedence Collection. Either the apocalypse is upon us or we just got lucky. What’s next? Are Eminem and Moby going to kiss and make up?

Shy of being a boxed set, this collection features 25 fan-favorites, live tracks and solo cuts such as “Centerfield” and “The Old Man Down The Road.” Missing is Fogerty’s most arguably controversial work, “Vantz Kant Danz” (or “Zanz Kant Danz” as it was originally entitled, in a thinly veiled attack on Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz) – not surprisingly, since, after all this time, Fogerty is returning to Fantasy Records, his old Creedence  label. 

That aside, it’s good to hear all of Fogerty in one place. He still does not have copyright to his Creedence songs but he’s obviously come to peace with his past. So maybe the long road home wasn’t so long after all.

— Alexander McGrath