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The Blue Ridge Rangers

  • The Blue Ridge Rangers [Fantasy, 1973] B+

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The Blue Ridge Rangers [Fantasy, 1973]
If John Fogerty really wants to play all the instruments, he's wise to perform country music, because overdubbing on top of yourself is a good way to get the kind of semimechanical feel Nashville producers strive for. Although the energy rushes here (one guitar break on "Jambalaya," the no-no-nos on "Heart of Stone") are almost as rare as the new songs, the voice sounds more original than ever: Fogerty may not be Jimmie Rodgers, but he makes a damn fine Lefty Frizzell. Result: one better-than-average country (-rock) statement. B+