Revival (John Fogerty album)

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Revival
Studio album by John Fogerty
Released October 2, 2007
Recorded NRG Recording Studios, North Hollywood, CA
Genre Roots rock, Americana, country rock, southern rock, heartland rock
Length 40:41
Label Fantasy
Producer John Fogerty
John Fogerty chronology
The Best of the Songs of John Fogerty
(2007)
Revival
(2007)
The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again
(2009)

Revival is the seventh solo album by American roots rock singer-songwriter/guitarist John Fogerty. released in 2007, it was his first new album in three years. It is also the third album (the first two were compilation and live albums) since rejoining Fantasy Records. The album was released on October 2, 2007.[1]

The cover design echoes the silhouette design of Fogerty's first solo album The Blue Ridge Rangers. The first single from the album was "Don't You Wish It Was True". The album contains two war protest songs: "Long Dark Night" and "I Can't Take It No More", both of which speak out against the Bush administration and the Iraq War.[2] The latter song contains a lyric that refers to one of his hits with CCR, by referring to Bush as a "Fortunate Son."[2] Also, this song sounds like Ramones-style punk rock. Fogerty has done some experimentation with that sound ("She's Got Baggage" from Deja Vu (All Over Again)). Another song, "Summer of Love", is a tribute to Cream and Jimi Hendrix, and has a musical citation from "Sunshine of Your Love". "Creedence Song" refers to CCR's swamp rock.

The album debuted at #14 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling about 65,000 copies in its first week.[2] It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album of 2008, but lost to Foo Fighters's Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. This album was #11 on Rolling Stone's list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007.[3] In the same magazine, the song "Gunslinger" was #12 on the list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007.[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Music Box 3.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (B+)
Mojo 3/5 stars
Uncut 4/5 stars link
Billboard 4/5 stars link
Amazon 4/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Fogerty.

  1. "Don't You Wish It Was True" - 4:11
  2. "Gunslinger" - 3:31
  3. "Creedence Song" - 3:49
  4. "Broken Down Cowboy" - 3:51
  5. "River Is Waiting" - 3:22
  6. "Long Dark Night" - 3:07
  7. "Summer of Love" - 3:19
  8. "Natural Thing" - 4:00
  9. "It Ain't Right" - 1:49
  10. "I Can't Take It No More" - 1:39
  11. "Somebody Help Me" - 4:27
  12. "Longshot" - 3:38

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" (Live from the Glastonbury Jazz Festival 2007)
    • US only bonus track available exclusively at Best Buy stores;^
  2. "Green River" (Live)

Personnel[edit]

Recording[edit]

section ref: Concord[5]
  • Arranged and produced by John Fogerty
  • Written by John Fogerty (Shaty Kelyn Music - BMI)
  • Recorded by Jim Scott, Seth Presant and Ryan Freeland
  • Recorded at NRG Recording, North Hollywood, CA; G Studio Digital, Studio City, CA; and Soundstudio, Lowengasse, Franfurt, Germany
  • Assistant engineers: Keven Dean, Dave Colvin
  • Mixed by Jim Scott and John Fogerty
  • Mastered by Robert Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME

Concert tour[edit]

On the opening night of the tour at the Hammerstein Ballroom the beginning of the show features the album cover artwork projected on a giant screen. The silhouette of Fogerty bends down, picks up a guitar from the corn, and puts it on. As the lights come on it is revealed that it is really John Fogerty playing the opening song River is Waiting high in the air.

The sets have varied in length from 24 to 28 songs and is a mixture of new songs and classic Creedence Clearwater Revival songs.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak position
Austrian Top 75 Albums[6] 39
Belgium (Flanders) 100 Albums[7] 31
Belgium (Wallonia) 100 Albums[8] 60
Danish Top 40 Albums[9] 14
Finnish Top 50 Albums[10] 17
French Top 200 Albums[11] 77
German Albums Chart[12] 24
Italian Top 100 Albums[13] 41
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[14] 22
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[15] 6
Swedish Top 60 Albums[16] 5
Swiss Top 100 Albums[17] 45
US Billboard 200[2] 14
US Digital Albums[2] 14
US Rock Albums[2] 4
US Tastemaker Albums[2] 9
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[18] 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Concord Music Group - Revival". Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Robins, Wayne (2007-10-06). "Revival". Billboard. 
  3. ^ ROBERT CHRISTGAU, DAVID FRICKE, CHRISTIAN HOARD, ROB SHEFFIELD (December 17, 2007). "The Top 50 Albums of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-20
  4. ^ No byline (December 11, 2007). "The 100 Best Songs of 2007" Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2007-12-21
  5. ^ Concord Music Group, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA, Printed 2007, Cat.No. FCD-30001 - an album insert booklet
  6. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Austrian Charts (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Danish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Finnish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Les Charts (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Fogerty,John / Longplay". Music Line (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Archivio" [Archive] (PHP). Federation of the Italian Music Industry (in Italian). Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  17. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Swiss Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011. 
  18. ^ "John Fogerty – Revival (Album)" (ASP). Australian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2011.