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Freddie Mack

Pittsburgh Blues Society Review
John Fogerty
Déjà vu (All Over Again)

Geffen Records
It is difficult for me to review a CD by an artist that I have admired for so many years. I won't even try to fake objectivity. As a songwriter I have long admired the work of John Fogerty. I am very glad that he continues to produce swamp rock masterpieces and share them with us.

The first song and title track gives a nod to John's love of baseball with a famous quote from Yogi Berra, but this song proves to offer the listener much more. I was floored by words that he used to connect current events with the past. Here he makes comment on current events as he sings his lament for it's resemblance to the past. This song is the cream of the crop, destined to be a classic in every sense of the word.

The rest of the CD contains assorted gems from the same genius that founded CCR. I thought "Radar" should get a ton of airplay, with Its hard drivin' rhythm and killer hook. The title track and especially "Wicked Old Witch" oozed that good old CCR vibe that John is notorious for. Oh yeah, I almost forgot… There's also a guest appearance by Mark Knopfler on "Nobody's Here Anymore."

Each tune carries that warm down-home vibe reminiscent of his Willie and the Poor Boys / CCR days. In his most recent releases John has revealed himself like never before. He has shared his love of family, music, and baseball. And I thank him for inviting all of us along for the ride. Like a fine wine, John Fogerty only improves with age. You'd better buy two copies, 'cause the first one's gonna get worn out fast.

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