Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cause great songs will carry you a long way

John Fogerty is prepping a new studio album and concert DVD which also features a look back at his Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) past. Fogerty told Billboard that for the followup to his 2007 Grammy-nominated Revival album, he's recording a sequel to his 1973 one-man band debut The Blue Ridge Rangers. The album, which has become a cult favorite over the years, featured Fogerty tackling country standards from Hank Williams, George Jones, and Jimmy Rodgers.

Fogerty says that he definitely wanted the new collection, titled The Return Of The Blue Ridge Rangers, to appeal to the masses rather than be a vanity project, explaining, "I've known for years that if I ever did a Blue Ridge Rangers album again I sure didn't want to play all the instruments. I had long felt that was probably something that was wrong with the first album."

He says that making a commercial album was important to him: "My prerequisite was that I didn't want to get into the realm of trying to be really hip and obscure. I've seen people get really out there, and it's stuff nobody's heard of or maybe it's stuff nobody wants to hear of. For me it just had to be a good song, a great song, 'cause great songs will carry you a long way."
Pearl Jam will reissue its classic 1991 debut album, Ten, on March 24th, in a deluxe edition that will be available in four different versions. Each version will include a remastered version of the original album along with a completely new remix of the set by longtime Pearl Jam producer Brendan O'Brien. Bassist Jeff Ament also supervised a revamped version of the album artwork. The remixed version of the CD contains six previously unreleased songs from the same period, including early versions of "Breath" and "State of Love and Trust," a vocal version of "Brother," plus "Just a Girl," "Evil Little Goat" and "2,000 Mile Blues."
A human rights organization called Reprieve is launching a campaign called "Stop The Music Torture," aimed at ending the American practice of blasting music at loud levels while "interrogating" prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. According to U.K. publication The Guardian, music from heavy rock acts such as AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Metallica and Nine Inch Nails has been used, as well as less aggressive and somewhat more surprising selections from Britney Spears, David Gray, Eminem, Aerosmith, and even children's shows like Barney and Friends and Sesame Street.
  • Reprieve has listed these songs among the ones used most frequently by U.S. military interrogators:
    Metallica - "Enter Sandman"
    Drowning Pool - "Bodies"
    AC/DC - "Shoot to Thrill" and "Hell's Bells"
    Barney and Friends - "I Love You"
    Bruce Springsteen - "Born in the USA"
    Sesame Street - "Theme Song"
    Nine Inch Nails - "March of the Pigs" and "Mr. Self-Destruct"
    Queen - "We are The Champions"
    Rage Against The Machine - "Killing in the Name Of"

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