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John Fogerty, 'Wrote A Song For Everyone'

Courtesy of Vanguard Records

The songs Fogerty wrote in Creedence Clearwater Revival are as embedded in the American grain as any in rock & roll. But this collection of recut CCR hits and solo tracks — recorded with fans like Bob Seger, My Morning Jacket, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Foo Fighters — shows how vital and relevant his songwriting remains more than 40 years after it owned the radio. Fogerty updates his Vietnam War missive "Fortunate Son" for the Iraq-Afghanistan era backed by the Foos, belts out "Born on the Bayou" alongside Kid Rock, unspools the ballad "Someday Never Comes" with roots rockers Dawes, and gets locked in a guitar duel with Brad Paisley on the underrated solo gem "Hot Rod Heart." The result is a wonderful conversation of an album — not to mention a damn good time.

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