John Fogerty, "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again"

73 Billboard Rating

Creative plural notwithstanding, John Fogerty was the Blue Ridge Rangers on his 1973 solo debut, adopting the fictitious band moniker as a means of swinging back at writer's block and Creedence Clearwater Revival's flameout-but not so much on the sequel, "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again." For this warm set of 11 country-time covers (including a track from his 1986 album, "Eye of the Zombie"), Fogerty turns to his speed-dial list of superstars. He recruits Bruce Springsteen for a gallop through the Everly Brothers' "When Will I Be Loved?" and the Eagles' Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit for Ricky Nelson's age-appropriate "Garden Party." Elsewhere, Fogerty is accompanied by folks like Buddy Miller and Kenny Aronoff. Not surprisingly, Fogerty settles into his country surroundings with a self-assured grace, especially on John Prine's melancholy "Paradise," Jerry Gillespie's "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" and even on John Denver's "Back Home Again."