For other uses, see The Long Road Home (disambiguation).
The Long Road Home: The Ultimate John Fogerty/Creedence Collection is a compilation album by American roots rock singer-songwriter John Fogerty, released on November 1, 2005, by Fantasy Records. It compiles songs from Fogerty's solo career and his band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The title refers to Fogerty's return to Fantasy Records, after a lengthy stint with Warner Bros. Records and a brief stint with DreamWorks Records.
The Long Road Home was released to mostly positive reviews from music critics and charted at number 13 on the Billboard 200.
In 2005, Fantasy Records offered John Fogerty with a record deal, which included the release of The Long Road Home. Fogerty had started his recording career on the label, but his quarrels with former label executive Saul Zaentz during the 1970s led to lawsuits and Fogerty's refusal to perform any of his material from Creedence Clearwater Revival. Fogerty explained how he felt about the album's release on Fantasy in an interview for Entertainment Weekly: "It felt surreal at first, but I've been working alongside the new Fantasy people since the company was sold. Now that all the old bad people are gone, I have no lingering bitterness or anger."
The Long Road Home is a 25-song compilation of most of Fogerty and Creedence Clearwater Revival's best-known songs, some of which are live versions. It was the first album to compile both his and the band's hits.
In his review for Allmusic, music critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine found the album "enormously entertaining" and said that it adequately summarizes Fogerty's work and serves as proof that he is one of the rock and roll era's greatest songwriters.Robert Christgau, writing in Blender magazine, called it "one of the rare career overviews" that justifies itself by playing as one sequence of "timeless sure-shots." In his review for The Village Voice, Christgau remarked that because of his unchanging musical form and replicable "Creedence sound", the album consistently shows Fogerty as "the original roots-rocker" who displays aspects of his modest personality.
In a less enthusiastic review, Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian criticized the album for emphasizing Fogerty's ordinary boogie songs and omitting the more superior songs that are featured on several other Creedence Clearwater Revival compilations.
All songs written and composed by John Fogerty.
"Born on the Bayou" - 5:12,
"Bad Moon Rising" - 2:19,
"Centerfield" - 3:51,
"Who'll Stop the Rain" - 2:27,
"Rambunctious Boy" - 3:54,
"Fortunate Son" - 2:19,
"Lookin' Out My Back Door" - 2:32,
"Up Around the Bend" - 2:40,
"Almost Saturday Night" Live - 2:27,
"Down on the Corner" - 2:45,
"Bootleg" Live - 3:00,
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" - 2:38,
"Sweet Hitch-Hiker" - 2:56,
"Hey Tonight" Live - 2:33,
"The Old Man Down the Road" - 3:33,
"Rockin' All Over the World" Live - 2:58,
"Lodi" - 3:09,
"Keep On Chooglin'" Live - 4:02,
"Green River" - 2:33,
"Déjà Vu (All Over Again)" - 4:13,
"Run Through the Jungle" - 3:05,
"Hot Rod Heart" - 3:29,
"Travelin' Band" - 2:08,
"Proud Mary" - 3:05,
"Fortunate Son" Live - 2:58,
Credits are adapted from Allmusic.
Alex Acuña - Percussion,
Kenny Aronoff - Drums,
Ronnie Bowman - Vocals (Background),
Bob Britt - Guitar, Slide Guitar, Vocals (Background),
Billy Burnette - Guitar, Vocals (Background),
Paul Bushnell - Guitar (Bass),
Mike Canipe - Guitar,
Doug Clifford - Arranger, Clapping, Drums, Producer, Vocals (Background),
Luis Conte - Tambourine,
Stu Cook - Arranger, Bass, Bass (Acoustic), Clapping, Guitar (Bass), Piano, Producer, Vocals (Background),
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Primary Artist,
Howie Epstein - Bass, Guitar (Bass),
John Fogerty - Arranger, Clapping, Compilation Producer, Composer, Congas, Cowbell, Dobro, Drums, Guitar, Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Bass), Harmonica, Main Personnel, Mandolin, Maracas, Mixing, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Primary Artist, Producer, Saxophone, Sitar (Electric), Tambourine, Tumba, Vocals, Vocals (Background),
Tom Fogerty - Clapping, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals (Background),
Ryan Freeland - Clapping,
Bob Glaub - Bass,
George Hawkins - Bass, Vocals (Background),
John Molo - Drums,
Matt Nolen - Guitar, Keyboards,
Don Rigsby - Vocals (Background),
Elliot Scheiner Producer,
Johnny Lee Schell - Guitar,
Kenny Smith - Vocals (Background),
Benmont Tench - Organ,
Julia Waters - Vocals (Background),
Oren Waters - Vocals (Background),
Maxine Willard Waters - Vocals (Background),
Abbey Anna - Art Direction,
Jim Bessman - Liner Notes,
Danielle Brancazio - Art Direction, Package Design,
Dan Certa - Mixing,
Bob Fogerty - Clapping, Photography,
Julie Fogerty - Art Direction,
Brian Lima - Photography,
Bob Ludwig - Compilation Mastering, Mastering,
Norman Seeff - Photography,
U.S. Billboard 200
U.S. Top Internet Albums (Billboard)