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Creedence Clearwater Revival [Box Set]
     

Creedence Clearwater Revival [Box Set]

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by Creedence Clearwater Revival
 
It was stripped down, it rocked and rolled, and amazingly, in an era when pop music grew more complex and seemingly more sophisticated with each passing month, the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival was also enormously popular. The underdogs of rock during the late '60s and early '70s, CCR had a series of consecutive hit singles and albums that may have been

Overview

It was stripped down, it rocked and rolled, and amazingly, in an era when pop music grew more complex and seemingly more sophisticated with each passing month, the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival was also enormously popular. The underdogs of rock during the late '60s and early '70s, CCR had a series of consecutive hit singles and albums that may have been out of step with the era's AM radio blandness and pretentious prog-rock but nonetheless spoke directly to fans across the board. With guitarist, vocalist, composer, producer, and resident genius John Fogerty at the helm, the band combined the lean funk of R&B with the grit of the blues and the sweet soul of country, tying it all up with a tough-as-nails rock 'n' roll sound that had a direct lineage from Sun Studio rockabilly and Specialty Records-era Little Richard rave-ups. Creedence cut tunes that got to the point fast and then wrapped them up before they wore out their welcome. In the process they made classic music: "Born on the Bayou," "Proud Mary," "Green River" "Going up Around the Bend," "Fortunate Son," and plenty of others will live as long as rock 'n' roll does. And it all can be found on this comprehensive six-CD box set collecting the band's seven official studio albums (and one live recording) as well as a disc full of fascinating pre-Creedence material that will be an immediate draw to collectors and others already pulled into the CCR universe. But even casual listeners will appreciate the remastered sound, a remarkable sonic improvement over the previously available CDs that puts the band's righteous rockin' right in your face. The roots of the quartet's no-nonsense sound can be heard in the early, previously unreleased material: Within the Motown and British Invasion grooves pulse the economic, ultra-tight rhythm section and Northern California garage rock ethic that would define the band's mature style. The formula that Fogerty later conceived, and that CCR thankfully stuck with through its glory years -- 1968 through 1970, covering the albums Creedence Clearwater Revival through Cosmo's Factory (the two final, problematic albums Pendulum and Mardi Gras, can also be examined for revisionist opinions) -- still holds it own three decades after the band's dissolution. Creedence's influence may be even more strongly felt today: Try to imagine Americana rock without their grassroots kick as an example. A case can even be made that Creedence may be the most elemental of all American bands. The evidence is right here on this must-have set. The accompanying 72-page booklet features essays from noted music crits Ben Fong-Torres, Dave Marsh, Robert Christgau, and others. Each box is individually numbered, adding to the collectors' value.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In 2000, Fantasy finally treated the Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog with the respect it deserved, remastering the entire catalog and issuing them in lavish editions with rich liner notes and slipcases. So, when they decided to release a "complete recorded works" box set a year later, the results weren't quite as revelatory as they may have been, since even if this was remastered again, it's hard for most listeners to notice the difference between this and the previous material, and all the liner notes -- from such luminaries as Dave Marsh, Ben Fong-Torres, Ed Ward, Stanley Booth, and Robert Christgau -- are printed as the liners here, meaning that for the hardcore who bought the whole catalog a year before, this is almost anti-climatic. That is the operative word here, since there is one thing that makes this set essential for the fanatics, even if they bought the remasters, and that's the first disc, which contains all known pre-CCR recordings by the Golliwogs and Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets. These aren't really stunning recordings; they're very much within the style and sound of the time, borrowing from Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Beach Boys, all twisted to something much sweeter than what CCR came to be known for. This may not be as musically satisfying as the other five discs -- which, after all, comprise perhaps the greatest body of work by an American rock band -- but it's necessary for any true fan, since this stuff is not only rare, but there's a lot of stuff that hasn't even been bootlegged, particularly on the Golliwogs' material on the first disc. But this box really kicks into full gear on the second disc, with the rare single "Call It Pretending" -- a dynamite slice of Stax-styled R&B rock -- before heading into that remarkable set of albums, running through each album in order, with only a promotional single to break up the flow of the albums (each record is presented uninterrupted except for Pendulum, which is split between two discs: nine cuts on one disc, two on another), before it winds up with the two live albums (including cuts that didn't make it on The Concert). Again, this extra material isn't essential for anyone but collectors (with the exception of "Call It Pretending"), but the music is so good that anybody looking to get everything the great American rock & roll band recorded in one fell swoop would be encouraged to take this route. After all, after you memorize the proper albums, the live cuts and pre-CCR material will be necessary.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2001
Label:
Fantasy
UPC:
0025218443425
catalogNumber:
4434
Rank:
1205

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Come on Baby
  2. Oh My Love
  3. Have You Ever Been Lonely
  4. Bonita
  5. Don't Tell Me No Lies
  6. Little Girl (Does Your Mama Know)
  7. Where You Been
  8. You Came Waking
  9. You Can't Be True
  10. You Got Nothin' on Me
  11. I Only Met You Just an Hour Ago
  12. Brown-Eyed Girl
  13. You Better Be Careful
  14. Fight Fire
  15. Fragile Child
  16. She Was Mine
  17. Gonna Hang Around
  18. Try Try Try
  19. Instrumental, No. 1
  20. Little Tina
  21. Walking on the Water
  22. You Better Get It Before It Gets You
  23. Tell Me
  24. You Can't Be True
  25. Action USA Promotional Spot

Disc 2

  1. Call It Pretending
  2. I Put a Spell on You
  3. The Working Man
  4. Susie Q
  5. Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)
  6. Get Down Woman
  7. Porterville
  8. Gloomy
  9. Walking on the Water
  10. Born on the Bayou
  11. Bootleg
  12. Graveyard Train
  13. Good Golly Miss Molly
  14. Penthouse Pauper
  15. Proud Mary
  16. Keep on Chooglin'

Disc 3

  1. Green River
  2. Commotion
  3. Tombstone Shadow
  4. Wrote a Song for Everyone
  5. Bad Moon Rising
  6. Lodi
  7. Cross-Tie Walker
  8. Sinister Purpose
  9. The Night Time Is the Right Time
  10. Down on the Corner
  11. It Came Out of the Sky
  12. Cotton Fields
  13. Poorboy Shuffle
  14. Feelin' Blue
  15. Fortunate Son
  16. Don't Look Now
  17. The Midnight Special
  18. Side O' the Road
  19. Effigy

Disc 4

  1. Ramble Tamble
  2. Before You Accuse Me
  3. Travelin' Band
  4. Ooby Dooby
  5. Lookin' Out My Back Door
  6. Run Through the Jungle
  7. Up Around the Bend
  8. My Baby Left Me
  9. Who'll Stop the Rain
  10. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  11. Long as I Can See the Light
  12. Pagan Baby
  13. Sailor's Lament
  14. Chameleon
  15. Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
  16. (Wish I Could) Hideaway
  17. Born to Move
  18. Hey Tonight
  19. It's Just a Thought

Disc 5

  1. Molina
  2. Rude Awakening
  3. 45 Revolutions Per Minute, Pt. 1
  4. 45 Revolutions Per Minute, Pt. 2
  5. Lookin' for a Reason
  6. Take It Like a Friend
  7. Need Someone to Hold
  8. Tearin' Up the Country
  9. Someday Never Comes
  10. What Are You Gonna Do?
  11. Sail Away
  12. Hello Mary Lou
  13. Door to Door
  14. Sweet Hitch-Hiker
  15. Born on the Bayou
  16. Green River
  17. Tombstone Shadow
  18. Don't Look Now
  19. Travelin' Band
  20. Who'll Stop the Rain
  21. Bad Morning Rising
  22. Proud Mary
  23. Fortunate Son
  24. Commotion

Disc 6

  1. The Midnight Special
  2. The Night Time Is the Right Time
  3. Down on the Corner
  4. Keep on Chooglin'
  5. Born on the Bayou
  6. Green River/Susie Q
  7. It Came Out of the Sky
  8. Door to Door
  9. Travelin' Band
  10. Fortunate Son
  11. Commotion
  12. Lodi
  13. Bad Moon Rising
  14. Proud Mary
  15. Up Around the Bend
  16. Hey Tonight
  17. Sweet Hitch-Hiker
  18. Keep on Chooglin'

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Creedence Clearwater Revival   Primary Artist
John Fogerty   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Horn,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals
Doug Clifford   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Tom Fogerty   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Stu Cook   Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bruce Young   Announcer

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Steve Cropper   Composer
Eddie Floyd   Composer
John Fogerty   Arranger,Composer,Producer
John Lennon   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Ric Ocasek   Composer
Wilson Pickett   Composer
Lucinda Williams   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
Bennie Maupin   Composer
Horace Silver   Composer
Doug Clifford   Arranger,Producer
Yoko Ono   Composer
Barrett Strong   Composer
Tom Fogerty   Producer
Sam Hopkins   Composer
Bo Diddley   Composer
Napoleon Brown   Composer
Ozzie Cadena   Composer
Stu Cook   Arranger,Producer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Russ Gary   Engineer
Screamin' Jay Hawkins   Composer
Paul Jackson   Composer
Ryan Lance   Composer
Stan Lewis   Composer
Shane MacGowan   Composer
Harvey Mason   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
Hank McGill   Engineer
Paul Rose   Producer
Norman Whitfield   Composer
Joel Selvin   Liner Notes
Lew Herman   Composer
Dave Marsh   Liner Notes
Walt Payne   Engineer
Alec Palao   Producer,Liner Notes,Archives Coordinator
Ed Ward   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction
Baron Wolman   Cover Photo
Robert Christgau   Liner Notes
Saul Zaentz   Producer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Stuart Kremsky   Tape Research,Archives Coordinator
Stanley Booth   Liner Notes
Ben Fong-Torres   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Craig Werner   Liner Notes
Eleanor Broadwater   Composer
Alan Penner   Composer
Wayde Lee Moore   Composer

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Creedence Clearwater Revival [Box Set] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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This music features Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker at their very best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny? I always thought Eric Clapton & Ginger Baker played in Cream along with Jack Bruce. A fantastic compilation of Creedence - a band which never sounds dated
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