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by Justin Farrar

June 5, 2014

Creedence Clearwater Revival's Enduring Appeal

by Justin Farrar  |  June 5, 2014

Between the summers of 1968 and '70, Creedence Clearwater Revival unleashed one of the great creative, as well as commercial, runs in the history of rock 'n' roll. In just 24 months they put out five classic albums while simultaneously launching one amazing single after another to the top of the charts. From "Proud Mary" and "Bad Moon Rising" to "Fortunate Son" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door," we're talking about songs that have become nothing less than modern American standards.

In honor of this incredible run, the Concord Music Group has recently released expanded editions of the five albums in question: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, [Green River], Willy and the Poor Boys and Cosmo's Factory. Heads up, all you Creedence fanatics: You really need to check out the bonus material contained on these reissues. Willy and the Poor Boys, for example, boasts a deliciously grainy recording of CCR and Booker T. & the M.G.'s getting funky with "Down on the Corner." There's the "Green River / Suzie Q" live medley found on Green River; recorded in Stockholm in 1971, that workout proves just how much more grungy and nasty-grooving the band sounded in concert.

In addition to a selection of tracks from the new reissues, our playlist boasts a small handful of key cuts from John Fogerty's solo career. Moreover, it contains the chestnut "For the Sake of Rock 'N' Roll" from Doug Sahm's Groover's Paradise. Featuring drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook, the legendary rhythm section that motored CCR's unique "choogle," the 1974 album is one of the great Creedence-related gems out there. Now get listening ...

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