Creedance Clearwater Revival: 6 Albums Reissued

To celebrate Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 40th anniversary, their original label Fantasy Records recently reissued expanded editions of six of the band’s albums (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy & the Poor Boys, Cosmo’s Factory, and Pendulum). The albums are packaged quite nicely, I greatly prefer these “eco-pack” (I think that’s what they’re called) covers to jewel cases. They’re prettier and easier to store. The reissued CDs have been digitally remastered and plumped up with B-sides, unreleased tracks, live performances, and other rarities.

If you haven’t heard Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music (though even younger generations should know “Fortunate Son” from the Forrest Gump soundtrack), they were a band led by John Fogerty and their timeless Southern swamp-rock sound was very similar to Fogerty’s recent releases.

I will probably continue to listen to Chronicle more than these individual albums, simply because I prefer to have all my favorite CCR songs – especially “Someday Never Comes” – in one disc. But I know there are plenty of people who shun greatest hits collections, and it is interesting to hear the albums as they were originally released. Cosmo’s Factory is my probably my favorite of the set, since it has more songs that I was already familiar with such as “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “Long As I Can See the Light”.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can hear samples at the links below.

CCR – Fortunate Son (live) (audio stream)
CCR – I Put A Spell On You (audio stream)

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Johnny Cash: The Best Of The Johnny Cash Show DVD

The new DVD The Best Of The Johnny Cash Show 1969-1971 collects some of the top performances from the man in black’s television show. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, all you need to know is that the DVD shows Cash, his wife June Carter, and artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, George Jones, Neil Young, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Loretta Lynn, Ray Charles, and Roy Orbison performing some of their classic hits. Both as individuals and occasionally as duets with their host Cash.

Highlights include Cash’s opening “I Walk The Line”, young Bob Dylan’s “I Threw It All Away”, George Jones’ “She Thinks I Still Care”, Neil Young’s “The Needle & The Damage Done”, John Fogerty & CCR’s “Bad Moon Rising”, Loretta Lynn’s “I Know How”, Ray Charles’ soulful cover of “Ring Of Fire”, Roy Orbison’s “Crying”, and Cash’s rousing finale of “A Boy Named Sue”.

Also of note are Cash’s duets with wife June Caster Cash on “Jackson”, with George Jones on “White Lightning”, and especially the beautiful duet with Joni Mitchell on “The Long Black Veil”.

Here’s a video of Cash performing “A Boy Named Sue”, though it doesn’t appear to be the same clip as on the DVD.

Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue (video)

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John Fogerty: Revival

Revival is the new solo album by former Creedance Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty, and his first on Fantasy Records since he left the band three decades ago. Those who don’t like CCR’s music or Fogerty’s previous solo material probably won’t like this either. Which indicates a questionable taste in music, but to each his own. Being the country gal that I am, I grew up listening to and loving CCR. Though I would have liked Revival even more with a few more rockers, the ones that it does have blister plenty enough to elevate the rest.

“Don’t You Wish It Was True” starts thing off in a laid back, albeit wistful, mood with a steady strum and beat. The song is a kind of country cousin to “Imagine”, with the lyrics contemplating a dreamy peaceful world. But I prefer the Old West metaphors of “Gunslinger” and “Broken Down Cowboy”, which seem a much more comfortable fit for Fogerty.

“Long Dark Night” and “I Can’t Take It No More” are not only the best tracks on this album, they are probably the best rock songs I’ve heard all year. Fogerty’s voice has always been at its best in a growl or full wail, and nothing can thump a swamp like his guitar (with the possible exception of Reverend Peyton). The lyrics of both songs are the most overtly political of the album – the former calling out several members of the Bush administration with the kind of wry and snarky musings rarely heard in modern protest songs, and the latter aiming its wrath squarely at Dubya. Fogerty’s strength seems to lie in attacking warmongers, and these songs are the descendants of CCR’s “Fortunate Son”.

“It Ain’t Right” fires it up again, skewering the revolving rehab doors and endless parties of the current media princesses. Songs like “Summer Of Love”, “Somebody Help Me”, and Longshot” keep crunchin’ the rock to the end. I always love when an album goes out with a bang rather than a whimper.

John Fogerty Official Site

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