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Friday Night Jazz Swamp-Rock: John Fogerty

If you are a fan at all of Creedence Clearwater Revival and/or John Fogerty, then check out some of the tunes on Fogerty’s new disc Revival

The title — obviously referring to CCR — is his first new disc in three years. The sound is unmistakably Creedence with little bits of swamp rock, blues, country, folk and soul.

Fogerty is more than a "just" a great song writer; He comes in at #40 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.   

CenterfieldThis is Fogerty’s return to politics with songs like "Long Dark Night, I Can’t Take it No More, It Ain’t Right, and Longshot.

For those of you who want a sample the work, Fogerty’s my space page has 4 streaming tunes from Revival. You can also see a few videos below (YouTube has tons of his earlier work).

In addition to CCR, I am a very big of the latter solo work: 1985′s Centerfield, with its chooglin’ one-chord jams. This is the album which led to his former label suing him, claiming that the songwriter had plagiarized himself. Fogerty eventually won the lawsuit.

I also really like 1997′s roots rock shuffle, Blue Moon Swamp.

Both of these are must haves for CCR fans. ($7.97 at Amazon — about time the recording industry figured out dynamic pricing).

The reviews of the new disc have been good: Metacritic has it as an 83 (Universal Acclaim). Here’s some other reviews:

"Full-bore return to choogling swamp-pop." —USA Today, Edna Gundersen

"Revival is no rerun. It is Fogerty getting back to work—and finally
acting on his own advice, in a song he’s actually named after his old
band: "You can’t go wrong if you play a little bit of that Creedence
song."  —Rolling Stone, David Fricke

"Fogerty’s muse comes fully alive, nodding gently to his estimable legacy while moving firmly forward."   —Harp, Fred Mills

"Still making his guitar twang, still singing in that rockabilly yowl,
John Fogerty is angry about the war, the president, American culture
and vanished youth on his new album, ‘Revival,’ and it just makes him
rock harder."  —New York Times, Jon Pareles

"Mr. CCR has created a masterpiece and Revival is unquestionably one of the ten best discs of 2007."   —Relix, Lou Friedman

Don’t take my word for it, there are enough streaming versions of the new songs to almost sample the full CD.


UPDATE:  October 27, 2007 11:24am

An emailer asked about CCR’s work. For those people with a passing interest, you should at least have Chronicle, Vol. 1: The 20 Greatest Hits in your music collections.

More hardcore fans may way to get the Creedence Clearwater Revival BOX SET — a 6 CD set, described as "superbly remastered versions of all of their studio and live albums," which, at $37 bucks, looks likes a good deal . . .

click for the surprisingly upbeat:  "Don’t You Wish It Was True"


Letterman Performance of Revival

Interview about the new album

Category: Digital Media, Music

Radiohead Adapts Our Business Model

Category: Digital Media, Music

Gadget of the Day: Roth Music Cocoon

Category: Digital Media, Music

The Bubble Man

Category: Digital Media, Federal Reserve, Inflation, Psychology

Friday Night Jazz: Frank Zappa

Category: Digital Media, Music

Blade Runner: The Final Cut at the Ziegfeld

Category: Digital Media, Film, Technology

Soon to be worthless: Nielsen Net Ratings and comScore Media Metrix

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Financial Press, Venture Capital, Web/Tech, Weblogs

The Hold Steady

Category: Digital Media, Music

WSJ: Free or Paid? (Yes)

Category: Corporate Management, Digital Media, Financial Press

Listener Determined Download Prices?


Interesting story about Radiohead’s new release, "In Rainbow’s."

Their pricing scheme for downloads is designed to give the Music Industry — especially major labels — fits. According to their website, IT’S UP TO YOU.

Notes Salon:

"This weekend the band announced that its new album, called "In Rainbows," will
go on sale on Oct. 10. They still haven’t signed with a label, and the album
won’t be available in record stores nor on iTunes or any other online music
shop. You’ll find it only on the band’s site, and if you’re looking for a
digital version, the price is very attractive: Whatever you’d like to pay.

You can pre-order the new album here.
Click to purchase the download and you’re presented with a simple screen at
which you’ve got two boxes to fill in, quantity and price (in pounds). "It’s up
to you," the site says."

For those of you who, like me, prefer the physical media, you have a high priced, rpemium option:

"If you’d like something physical, the band is also selling "In Rainbows" in
something it calls a "discbox," a beautiful package that includes a CD, two
vinyl records, digital files, album artwork, and lyrics booklets. It sells for
40 pounds, about $81 (the price includes shipping anywhere in the world). If
you’ve got a Radiohead superfan in the family — and who among us doesn’t? –
your holiday shopping just got easier."

(Additionally, I see a lot of other Econ bloggers have weighed in on this natural experiment:  Free Exchange, Mankiw Blog, Truth on the Market, Freakonomics, Long Tail & Marginal Revolution . . .)

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Category: Digital Media, Music, Web/Tech