Creedence Clearwater Revival [Box Set]

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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 ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 025218443425
  • Catalog Number: 4434
  • Sales rank: 12,324

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Come on Baby (2:15)
  2. 2 Oh My Love (1:58)
  3. 3 Have You Ever Been Lonely (2:20)
  4. 4 Bonita (1:43)
  5. 5 Don't Tell Me No Lies (1:55)
  6. 6 Little Girl (Does Your Mama Know) (2:37)
  7. 7 Where You Been (2:42)
  8. 8 You Came Waking (2:00)
  9. 9 You Can't Be True (2:47)
  10. 10 You Got Nothin' on Me (2:38)
  11. 11 I Only Met You Just an Hour Ago (2:09)
  12. 12 Brown-Eyed Girl (2:35)
  13. 13 You Better Be Careful (2:38)
  14. 14 Fight Fire (2:34)
  15. 15 Fragile Child (2:39)
  16. 16 She Was Mine (2:20)
  17. 17 Gonna Hang Around (2:29)
  18. 18 Try Try Try (2:13)
  19. 19 Instrumental, No. 1 (3:01)
  20. 20 Little Tina (2:30)
  21. 21 Walking on the Water (3:10)
  22. 22 You Better Get It Before It Gets You (3:41)
  23. 23 Tell Me (4:05)
  24. 24 You Can't Be True (2:49)
  25. 25 Action USA Promotional Spot (1:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Call It Pretending (2:10)
  2. 2 I Put a Spell on You (4:32)
  3. 3 The Working Man (3:05)
  4. 4 Susie Q (8:39)
  5. 5 Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do) (3:40)
  6. 6 Get Down Woman (3:09)
  7. 7 Porterville (2:23)
  8. 8 Gloomy (3:50)
  9. 9 Walking on the Water (4:40)
  10. 10 Born on the Bayou (5:15)
  11. 11 Bootleg (3:02)
  12. 12 Graveyard Train (8:38)
  13. 13 Good Golly Miss Molly (2:43)
  14. 14 Penthouse Pauper (3:40)
  15. 15 Proud Mary (3:09)
  16. 16 Keep on Chooglin' (7:39)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Green River (2:36)
  2. 2 Commotion (2:45)
  3. 3 Tombstone Shadow (3:40)
  4. 4 Wrote a Song for Everyone (4:59)
  5. 5 Bad Moon Rising (2:23)
  6. 6 Lodi (3:12)
  7. 7 Cross-Tie Walker (3:20)
  8. 8 Sinister Purpose (3:22)
  9. 9 The Night Time Is the Right Time (3:10)
  10. 10 Down on the Corner (2:47)
  11. 11 It Came Out of the Sky (2:56)
  12. 12 Cotton Fields (2:54)
  13. 13 Poorboy Shuffle (2:27)
  14. 14 Feelin' Blue (5:06)
  15. 15 Fortunate Son (2:21)
  16. 16 Don't Look Now (2:12)
  17. 17 The Midnight Special (4:14)
  18. 18 Side O' the Road (3:26)
  19. 19 Effigy (6:28)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Ramble Tamble (7:12)
  2. 2 Before You Accuse Me (3:27)
  3. 3 Travelin' Band (2:09)
  4. 4 Ooby Dooby (2:07)
  5. 5 Lookin' Out My Back Door (2:34)
  6. 6 Run Through the Jungle (3:07)
  7. 7 Up Around the Bend (2:42)
  8. 8 My Baby Left Me (2:19)
  9. 9 Who'll Stop the Rain (2:30)
  10. 10 I Heard It Through the Grapevine (11:08)
  11. 11 Long as I Can See the Light (3:35)
  12. 12 Pagan Baby (6:27)
  13. 13 Sailor's Lament (3:50)
  14. 14 Chameleon (3:17)
  15. 15 Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (2:40)
  16. 16 (Wish I Could) Hideaway (3:47)
  17. 17 Born to Move (5:41)
  18. 18 Hey Tonight (2:44)
  19. 19 It's Just a Thought (3:51)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Molina (2:43)
  2. 2 Rude Awakening (6:23)
  3. 3 45 Revolutions Per Minute, Pt. 1 (3:20)
  4. 4 45 Revolutions Per Minute, Pt. 2 (7:22)
  5. 5 Lookin' for a Reason (3:28)
  6. 6 Take It Like a Friend (3:02)
  7. 7 Need Someone to Hold (3:02)
  8. 8 Tearin' Up the Country (2:16)
  9. 9 Someday Never Comes (4:04)
  10. 10 What Are You Gonna Do? (2:56)
  11. 11 Sail Away (2:33)
  12. 12 Hello Mary Lou (2:18)
  13. 13 Door to Door (2:11)
  14. 14 Sweet Hitch-Hiker (3:00)
  15. 15 Born on the Bayou (5:14)
  16. 16 Green River (3:17)
  17. 17 Tombstone Shadow (3:41)
  18. 18 Don't Look Now (2:21)
  19. 19 Travelin' Band (2:03)
  20. 20 Who'll Stop the Rain (2:21)
  21. 21 Bad Morning Rising (2:17)
  22. 22 Proud Mary (3:17)
  23. 23 Fortunate Son (2:22)
  24. 24 Commotion (2:36)
Disc 6
  1. 1 The Midnight Special (3:49)
  2. 2 The Night Time Is the Right Time (3:22)
  3. 3 Down on the Corner (2:43)
  4. 4 Keep on Chooglin' (9:14)
  5. 5 Born on the Bayou (5:04)
  6. 6 Green River/Susie Q (4:31)
  7. 7 It Came Out of the Sky (3:12)
  8. 8 Door to Door (2:00)
  9. 9 Travelin' Band (2:12)
  10. 10 Fortunate Son (2:25)
  11. 11 Commotion (2:34)
  12. 12 Lodi (3:11)
  13. 13 Bad Moon Rising (2:04)
  14. 14 Proud Mary (2:57)
  15. 15 Up Around the Bend (2:36)
  16. 16 Hey Tonight (2:31)
  17. 17 Sweet Hitch-Hiker (3:12)
  18. 18 Keep on Chooglin' (12:37)
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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
John Fogerty Arranger, Composer, Producer
Doug Clifford Arranger, Producer
Tom Fogerty Producer
Stu Cook Arranger, Producer
Russ Gary Engineer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Hank McGill Engineer
Paul Rose Producer
Joel Selvin Liner Notes
Dave Marsh Liner Notes
Walt Payne Engineer
Alec Palao Producer, Liner Notes, Archives Coordinator
Ed Ward Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Digital Editing
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Baron Wolman Cover Photo
Robert Christgan Liner Notes
Saul Zaentz Producer
Shigeo Miyamoto Mastering
Stuart Kremsky Tape Research, Archives Coordinator
Stanley Booth Liner Notes
Ben Fong-Torres Liner Notes
Craig Werner Liner Notes
Eleanor Broadwater Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Eric Clapton & Ginger Baker join CCR?

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CCR is Back!

    This music features Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker at their very best!

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