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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in the summer of 1968 -- a year after the summer of love, but still in the thick of the Age of Aquarius - Creedence Clearwater Revival's self-titled debut album was gloriously out-of-step with the times, teeming with John Fogerty's Americana fascinations. While many of Fogerty's obsessions and CCR's signatures are in place -- weird blues ("I Put a Spell on You"), Stax R&B (Wilson Pickett's "Ninety-Nine and a Half"), rockabilly ("Susie Q"), winding instrumental interplay, the swamp sound, and songs for "The Working Man" -- the band was still finding their way. Out of all their records (discounting Mardi Gras), this is the one that sounds the most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released in the summer of 1968 -- a year after the summer of love, but still in the thick of the Age of Aquarius - Creedence Clearwater Revival's self-titled debut album was gloriously out-of-step with the times, teeming with John Fogerty's Americana fascinations. While many of Fogerty's obsessions and CCR's signatures are in place -- weird blues ("I Put a Spell on You"), Stax R&B (Wilson Pickett's "Ninety-Nine and a Half"), rockabilly ("Susie Q"), winding instrumental interplay, the swamp sound, and songs for "The Working Man" -- the band was still finding their way. Out of all their records (discounting Mardi Gras), this is the one that sounds the most like its era, thanks to the wordless vocal harmonies toward the end of "Susie Q," the backward guitars on "Gloomy," and the directionless, awkward jamming that concludes "Walking on the Water." Still, the band's sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp. Fogerty's songwriting is a little tentative. Not for nothing were two of the three singles pulled from the album covers (Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q," Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You") -- he wasn't an accomplished tunesmith yet. Though "The Working Man" isn't bad, the true exception is that third single, "Porterville," an exceptional song with great hooks, an underlying sense of menace, and the first inkling of the working-class rage that fueled such landmarks as "Fortunate Son." It's the song that points the way to the breakthrough of Bayou Country, but the rest of the album shouldn't be dismissed, because judged simply against the rock & roll of its time, it rises above its peers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072308763
  • Catalog Number: 30876
  • Sales rank: 22,070

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Put a Spell on You (4:31)
  2. 2 The Working Man (3:03)
  3. 3 Susie Q (8:37)
  4. 4 Ninety-Nine and a Half (3:37)
  5. 5 Get Down Woman (3:08)
  6. 6 Porterville (2:21)
  7. 7 Gloomy (3:48)
  8. 8 Walk on the Water (4:38)
  9. 9 Call It Pretending (2:09)
  10. 10 Before You Accuse Me (3:24)
  11. 11 Ninety-Nine and a Half (3:47)
  12. 12 Susie Q (11:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Creedence Clearwater Revival Primary Artist
John Fogerty Guitar, Vocals
Doug Clifford Drums, Background Vocals
Tom Fogerty Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Stu Cook Bass, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Fogerty Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Dale Hawkins Composer
Stan Lewis Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Joel Selvin Liner Notes
Chris Clough Reissue Producer
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Eleanor Broadwater Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    CCR's First

    John Fogerty created a unique sound and the band remained great as long as John was allowed to control that sound. This is CCR's first album and it's a great one in a string of great ones.

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