Centerfield is the third solo studio album by musician John Fogerty.
Released in 1985, it spawned the hit singles ˝The Old Man Down the Road˝, ˝Rock and Roll Girls˝ and the title track ˝Centerfield˝.
This was Fogerty’s first album in nine years; After Asylum Records rejected his Hoodoo album, he decided to take a long break from the music business because of legal battles with his record company.
In the meantime, Fogerty’s recording contract with Asylum Records was reassigned to co-owned Warner Bros.
Records so this album was the first released on the Warner Bros. label.
Fogerty played all the instruments on this album himself, thanks to overdubbing.
The image on the cover shows an old-fashioned, ˝beat-up glove˝, as referenced in the title song, and text similar to a logo of a baseball team, setting the mood for the track.
The RIAA has certified the album double-platinum (2 million album sales).
A 25th Anniversary Edition was released on June 29, 2010 and features the original album, digitally remastered, and adds a pair of rare bonus tracks, both of which released as B-sides to 45s released in 1986; A cover of Rockin’ Sidney Simien’s Zydeco hit ˝My Toot Toot˝ (taken from Fogerty’s ˝Change in the Weather˝ single, featuring Sidney himself on accordion) and 1950s R&B/doo wop gem ˝I Confess˝ by Teddy Vann and Nathaniel Nathan (from Fogerty’s ˝Eye of the Zombie˝ single).
The review at Blogcritics incorrectly credits ˝I Confess˝ to Bay Area gospel group The Four Rivers