To celebrate the release of the Complete Albums box set, we’d like to share five reasons to fall in love, one more time, with Tommy Fogerty / John Fogerty / Stu Cook / Doug Clifford collectively known as Creedence Clearwater Revival aka one of our all time favourite bands.
This list can’t escape some of the hits featured on ‘Chronicle’, but also no point focusing further attention when songs, as crucial as anything ever played-out on classic rock radio, exist like ‘Ramble Tamble’. Listen to your heart sink into your chest as the piano plinks in the latter stages. This song suggests that for the time it plays along ‘life makes a little more sense. And is a little or a lot better’.
This is like a Sabbath (noir) in the swamp. Swap the devils for the gators. But let it be known, these boys’ fixation with Catfish and the Mississippi River is just that, a fixation. They’re Bay Area boys. San Fran if you will. And Ty Segall surely thanks them for it.
Just keep on chooglin’, man!
Did you know: the classic Creedence catalog was all recorded in a span of two years, July 1968 to July 1970. Yes, that includes their classic self titled debut, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, and Cosmos Factory.
Is there a song with three versions as timeless and desert island worthy as the versions of this song? I can’t choose between the versions by the Slits, the legendary Marvin Gaye, and, of course, this extended mindblower by Creedence. Take this one to your car stereo, neither your car nor your car stereo has to be great. Just play it loud and don’t fight that feeling to tap the wheel, thwap the dash, or bang out whatever ya gotta bang out. The Dude abides. Call this promotion to own CCRCDs, cause they’re needed in the car as much as the turntable at home.
This past year at Sonic Boom we discovered a yesteryear box set of CCR featuring a compact disc with the entire (tho very small) catalog of both the Golliwogs and the criminally under heard Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets (both Creedence in pre-Creedence form). Tommy makes a case as to why he should have had a turn at the mic with the main event band (apparently why 4 became 3). Each song in the Velvets catalog sways between takes on many of the best vocalists of the era (Roy Orbison to Richie Valens, etc.). This song above is a blessed song, a heavenly gift, for all who listen.