Creedence Clearwater Revival

Fantasy Records, 1976

REVIEW BY: Tom Lancing


Today it seems like bands release greatest hits albums when they don't feel like producing a new album or are looking for a quick way out of a record deal. CCR's compilation is different in many ways. Properly titled my_heart_sings_the_harmony_web_ad_alt_250 Chronicle, this album is a musical journey thru the history of America's rock & roll band.

Fronted by powerful vocals by John Fogerty, CCR skyrocketed to the top of America's charts. Backed by his brother Tom, with help from Stu Cook on Bass and Doug Clifford on drums, CCR produced hit song after hit song. Or should I say...John Fogerty produced hit song after hit song. It is well known that John was a strong if not domineering member of CCR. John wrote and produced almost all of CCR's music. It was this control that launched CCR. Only when his fellow band members complained did John release control and the band in to the ground and then disbanded in 1972.

As for the music, this album rocks! There is not a bad song on the album. With timeless classics like "Bad Moon Rising" and "Travelin' Band" to "Fortunate Son" and "Up Around The Bend," CCR keeps you going for the full 20 song set. One of my personal favorites is a less heard track called "Sweet Hitch-Hiker".

You can still see some of the original members of CCR today. Stu Cook and Doug Clifford are out on tour promoting Credence Clearwater Revisited. But, without the vocals of John Fogerty....what's the point? If you want to hear CCR songs, see if you can catch John Fogerty on tour. He still performs CCR songs and still rocks.

This album is a must own for any serious rock & roll collector. The rock and country roots found in CCRs music is pumped full of Americana and it rules. Nothing bad can ever be said about this album.

Rating: A

User Rating: A-


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