Creedence Clearwater Revival (6 CD Box Set) by Creedence Clearwater

November 27, 2013

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During the past 40 years or so, the material of Creedence Clearwater has been released in just about every form, format, and configuration possible but the 6-CD box set titled Creedence Clearwater Revival may be the best of them all. Originally issued in 2001, it now makes its well deserved return.

Everything Creedence recorded for the Fantasy label is here. Their seven studio and two live albums are presented in chronological order. Hits such as “Down On The Corner,” “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Up Around The Bend,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” and more, were single releases that helped define their era and remain fresh four decades later. Interspersed among the hit songs is the rest of their album material, which is many times underrated as all of their studio albums contained very little filler.

The live material, which fills about a disc and a half have been released a number of times. While they present a good picture of Creedence on stage, I have always preferred their studio material.

The highlight of the set is the first disc, which contains pre-Creedence material, 1961-1967. Four tracks by Tom Fogerty & The Blue Velvets lead off the disc and the pre-Creedence Clearwater journey. “Come On Baby,” “Oh My Love,” “Have You Ever Been Lonely,” and “Bonita” are raw and not up to their later standards but are a nice glimpse of a band that is beginning to develop. My only complaint is that the songs from their third single, “Yes You Did/Now You’re Not Mine,” are not included and as there are probably the rarest, they are missed.

All 21 tracks by the Golliwogs are also included. If you want everything by the band, these songs are essential but be aware that there are not as commercially viable as what would soon follow.

One problem with this new release is that the sound, while acceptable, is not consistent. This is most apparent on the live tracks. On the other hand, the 75 page booklet gives an excellent history of the band and their music.

Creedence Clearwater Revival allows one to follow the band from its earliest beginnings until its demise. If you do not own much of their material or want to fill in some gaps in your collection then this is a release for you. American rock and roll does not get much better than Creedence Clearwater.

 

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I Put A Spell On You 45 by Creedence Clearwater

September 7, 2012

John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford recorded as the Golliwogs in 1964 without much success. When They changed their name to Credeence Clearwater, they began a journey that would end in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Their first single, “Susie Q,” reached number 11 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. Their second single was a cover of an old Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic. “I Put A Spell On You” was the lowest charting single of their career peaking at number 58 during late 1968. It would be followed by one of the definitive singles of the era, “Proud Mary,” which was a very different sound then some of their raw early work.

Creedence holds the dubious record of having had the most number two singles (5) without ever having a chart topper. But as Bill Murray once said, “It just doesn’t matter,” as they remain one of the most respected American rock bands.


Down On The Corner/Fortunate Son 45 by Creedence Clearwater

March 27, 2012

Creedence Clearwater is the answer to a great music trivia question. What artist had the most number two hits (5) on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart but never a number one.

“Down On The Corner/Fortunate Son” was a great two-sided single. “Down On The Corner” was the A side and it reached number three on the singles chart. It was a typical Creedence catchy rock song that just stayed with you for days.

“Fortunate Son” was a hit in its own right reaching number 14. It was one of the most scathing anti-war songs of all time as it citicized children of privilege.

Released during the fall of 1969, it was one of the better single releases of its era.


Jambalaya 45 By The Blue Ridge Rangers

February 6, 2012

John Fogerty has reached The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with Creedence Clearwater and has also had a long and successful solo career. At the beginning of his solo career he recorded as the Blue Ridge Rangers, which had him playing all the instruments.

He released a cover of the classic Hank Williams songs, “Jambalaya,” December 2, 1972, and it reached number 16 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.

“Jambalaya” may have been a county song but Fogerty gave it a rocking rendition. It remains one of his best solo effots.


Bad Moon Rising 45 by Creedence Clearwater

December 29, 2011

Creedence Clearwater holds a BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Charts Record. They had more releases reach number two without ever having a number one hit than any oher artist. An amazing statistic given the high quality of their releases.

“Bad Moon Rsing” was released during 1969 and reached, (you guessed it), number two in the United States. All was not lost however as it was number one in England.

The American issue came with a fairly rare picture sleeve.


I Heard It Through The Grape Vine/Good Golly Miss Molly 45 by Creedence Clearwater

August 28, 2011

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine/Good Golly Miss Molly” were released as a single, Jan. 31, 1976, which was long after the band had dissolved.

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” was originally an 11 minute track on 1970s COSMOS FACTORY, while “Good Golly Miss Molly” had first appeared on 1969’s BAYOU COUNTRY.

The single only reached number 43 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart but deserved better. It may have been they were cover songs or the band was out of the public mind.

Creedence Clearwater remains one of the most revered bands in American history and while these two songs may not be their most memerable, but they were still very good.


Sweet Hitch-Hiker by Creedence Clearwater

August 20, 2011

Tom Fogerty had left the band and they would soon fall apart, never to reunite.

“Sweet Hitch-Hiker” was released July 1, 1971 and would become Creedence Clearwater’s last top ten single, reaching number six on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.

John Fogerty would never re-unite with Doug Clifford and Stu Cook, even refusing to play with them at their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony.

“Sweet Hitch-Hiker” was a typical catchy single by CCR and perfect radio fare during the late 1960s and early 1970s.