Creedence Clearwater Revival is safely ensconced in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, and its leader – writer and lead guitarist, John Fogerty – is recognized as a living musical genius. Today, the group is mainly remembered for their string of single releases that dominated the American airwaves in the late 1960s and early ,70s. Such songs as “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Run Through The Jungle,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Fortunate Son,” and a host of others have proven to have eternal appeal as new generations have embraced them. my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250

The Concord Music Group purchased the Fantasy Label catalogue and has reissued the first six Creedence Clearwater albums complete with bonus tracks. Only the group’s last studio release, Mardi Gras, is missing. The packaging is true to the original releases. It is the sound, however, that makes the difference as it has a clearness that was not present on the originals. While Creedence Clearwater may best be remembered for the aforementioned singles, their albums sold in the millions, and any or all of these reissues are worth acquiring. They helped define American rock ‘n’ roll at a critical period in United States history.

Pendulum was the sixth Creedence Clearwater studio album and the last to feature all four members of the group, as Tom Fogerty departed shortly after its release.

This album is different from the five that preceded it. John Fogerty decided to take the group in new directions. He may have over reached at times, but the sound remains an interesting glimpse into what they may have been moving toward had they not disbanded.

There are three classic sounding Creedence songs for traditionalists. In a way, Fogerty may have been hedging his bets. The two sided hit single “Have You Ever Seen The Rain/Hey Tonight,” contain the tight song structures and harmonies that had made the group famous. “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” was issued at the height of the Vietnam War and is still a reminder of those times. “Molina” could have been another hit single because it is up-tempo, catchy, and stays in the mind for days.

The rest of the album travels in different directions. “Pagan Baby” is over six minutes of solid rock, complete with guitar solos. “Rude Awakening #2” is a failed grand experiment, complete with studio effects. It add up to quite a mess. There is also a funky soul direction present at time with a brass section in support.

Pendulum covers a lot of ground and while excellent in some place,  it is more interesting than good in others. Creedence Clearwater was nearing its end and this album leaves a number of questions that would never be answered.

Rating: B

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