It's hard to argue against a collection of John Fogerty
songs, but this brief set -- although it has some great material drawn both from Fogerty
's time as leader of Creedence Clearwater Revival
and his subsequent on-again, off-again solo career -- just doesn't do justice to its title, The Best of the Songs of John Fogerty
. There's great stuff here, of course, like the original versions of "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?," "Down on the Corner," "Born on the Bayou," and "Lodi," each of which is a classic of sorts, but where is "Proud Mary," "Fortunate Son," "Green River," or any number of other Fogerty
songs that are every bit as good? Each of these could have been included on this woefully short collection and then -- and only then -- would it start to live up to its title.