John Fogerty gathers a wide array of guest stars for Wrote A Song For Everyone. The album pairs the former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man with artists from rock, country and rhythm-and-blues, his classic-rock peer Bob Seger and, for album closer “Proud Mary,” New Orleans’ Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band.
“Proud Mary,” also featuring Jennifer Hudson, takes its cue from the Ike and Tina Turner rendition of the song rather than the Creedence Clearwater Revival original. It’s an album highlight, distinguished by Toussaint’s unmistakably funky piano and the powerful Rebirth Brass Band horns.
Fogerty encouraged his guests to develop their own concepts of his solo and CCR songs. The multiple country acts here — Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson — do especially fitting adaptations of Fogerty’s rootsy classics. But so does the young Los Angeles band, Dawes, for a lesser known song, “Someday Never Comes.”
While the Foo Fighters’ take on “Fortunate Son” is over the top, the message in Wrote A Song For Everyone’s title is confirmed more often than not.
With Paul McCartney currently touring the U.S., the re-release of Wings Over America, originally a triple-LP document of McCartney and his then-band Wings’ 1976 North American tour, appeared this week in multiple formats, including a lavish deluxe box set.
Even the modest, two-CD Wings Over America standard edition shows what a big rock show McCartney created for his first American trek since the Beatles’ troubled 1966 U.S. tour, which proved to be their final tour.
McCartney filled his Wings Over America set list with his growing list of ’70s solo hits, including his explosive James Bond theme from Live and Let Die, and material from his solo albums.
The songs receive full-dress treatments by the star of the show, his wife Linda, Wings band members Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English and a four-man horn, reed and woodwind section featuring Louisiana multi-instrumentalist Thaddeus Richard.
As successful a solo act as McCartney was, the Beatles-era material he performs — “Lady Madonna,” “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” “Yesterday” and “The Long and Winding Road” — despite being mostly reduced to McCartney and his acoustic guitar, inspires an obvious rise of enthusiasm from audiences.
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