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Creedence Clearwater Revival

At a time when rock was evolving away from the forces that had made the music possible in the first place, Creedence Clearwater Revival brought things back to their roots with their concise synthesis of rockabilly, swamp pop, R&B, and country. Though the music of CCR was very much a group effort in their tight, punchy arrangements, their vision was very much singer, songwriter, guitarist, and leader John Fogerty's. Fogerty's classic compositions for Creedence both evoked enduring images of Americana and reflected burning social issues of the day. The band's genius was their ability to accomplish this with the economic, primal power of a classic rockabilly ensemble.

The key elements of Creedence had been woodshedding in bar bands for about a decade before their breakthrough to national success in the late '60s. John's older brother Tom formed the Blue Velvets in the late '50s in El Cerrito, California, a tiny suburb across the bay from San Francisco. By the mid-'60s, with a few hopelessly obscure recordings under their belt, the band -- including Tom and John with two high-school friends, drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook -- signed to Fantasy, releasing several singles as the Golliwogs that went nowhere. In fact, there's little promise to be found on those early efforts; they were extremely derivative of the British Invasion and other R&B and rock trends of the day, with few hints of the swampy roots rock that would characterize CCR. The group only found themselves when John took firm reins over the band's direction, singing and writing virtually all of their material.

On their first album, 1968's Creedence Clearwater Revival, the group played it both ways, offering extended, quasi-psychedelic workouts of the '50s classics "I Put a Spell on You" and "Suzie-Q." The latter song became their first big hit, but the band didn't really bloom until "Proud Mary," a number two single in early 1969 that demonstrated John's talent at tapping into Southern roots music and imagery with a natural ease. It was the start of a torrent of classic hits from the gritty, Little Richard-inspired singer over the next two years, including "Bad Moon Rising," "Green River," "Down on the Corner," "Travelin' Band," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Up Around the Bend," and "Lookin' Out My Back Door."

Creedence also made good albums -- Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, and Cosmo's Factory all rank among the best of the rock era -- but their true forte was as a singles band. When the Beatles broke up in early 1970, CCR was the only other act that provided any competition in the fine art of crafting bold, super-catchy artistic statements that soared to the upper reaches of the charts every three or four months. Although they hailed from the San Francisco area, they rarely succumbed to the psychedelic indulgences of the era. John Fogerty also proved adept at voicing the concerns of the working class in songs like "Fortunate Son," as well as partying with as much funk as any white rock band would muster on "Travelin' Band" and "Down on the Corner."

With John Fogerty holding such a strong upper hand, Creedence couldn't be said to have been a democratic unit, and Fogerty's dominance was to sow the seeds of the group's quick dissolution. Tom Fogerty left in 1971 (recording a few unremarkable solo albums of his own), reducing the band to a trio. John allowed drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook equal shares of songwriting and vocal time on the group's final album, Mardi Gras (1972), which proved conclusively that Fogerty's songs and singing were necessary to raise CCR above journeyman status.

It was John Fogerty, of course, who produced the only notable work after the quartet broke up. Even his solo outings, though, were erratic and, for nearly ten years, nonexistent as he became embroiled in a web of business disputes with Fantasy Records. His 1984 album Centerfield proved he could still rock in the vintage Creedence mode when the spirit moved him, but Tom Fogerty's death in 1990 ended any hopes of a CCR reunion with the original members intact. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Rollin' On The River

1. Proud Mary

3. Travelin' Band

4. Poorboy Shuffle

5. Feelin' Blue

6. Green River

7. Sailor's Lament

8. Born To Move

9. Effigy

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Track List: Chronicle

1. Suzie Q

2. I Put A Spell On You

3. Proud Mary

4. Bad Moon Rising

5. Lodi

6. Green River

7. Commotion

8. Down On The Corner

9. Fortunate Son

10. Travelin' Band

11. Who'll Stop The Rain

12. Up Around The Bend

13. Run Through The Jungle

14. Lookin' Out My Back Door

15. Long As I Can See The Light

16. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

17. Have You Ever Seen The Rain

18. Hey Tonight

19. Sweet Hitch-Hiker

20. Someday Never Comes

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Track List: Mardi Gras

1. Lookin' For A Reason

2. Take It Like A Friend

3. Need Someone To Hold

4. Tearin' Up The Country

5. Someday Never Comes

6. What Are You Gonna Do

7. Sail Away

8. Hello Mary Lou

9. Door To Door

10. Sweet Hitch-Hiker

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Track List: Creedence Gold

1. Proud Mary

2. Down On The Corner

3. Bad Moon Rising

4. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

5. The Midnight Special

6. Have You Ever Seen The Rain

7. Born On The Bayou

8. Suzie Q

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Track List: Pendulum

1. Pagan Baby

2. Sailor's Lament

3. Chameleon

4. Have You Ever Seen The Rain

5. (Wish I Could) Hideaway

6. Born To Move

7. Hey Tonight

8. It's Just A Thought

9. Molina

10. Rude Awakening #2

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Track List: Cosmo's Factory

1. Ramble Tamble

2. Before You Accuse Me

3. Travelin' Band

4. Ooby Dooby

5. Lookin' Out My Back Door

6. Run Through The Jungle

7. Up Around The Bend

8. My Baby Left Me

9. Who'll Stop The Rain

10. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

11. Long As I Can See The Light

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Track List: Willy And The Poor Boys

1. Down On The Corner

2. It Came Out Of The Sky

3. Cotton Fields

4. Poorboy Shuffle

5. Feelin' Blue

6. Fortunate Son

7. Don't Look Now

8. The Midnight Special

9. Side O' The Road

10. Effigy

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Track List: Green River

1. Green River

2. Commotion

3. Tombstone Shadow

4. Wrote A Song For Everyone

5. Bad Moon Rising

6. Lodi

7. Cross-Tie Walker

8. Sinister Purpose

9. The Night Time Is The Right Time

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Track List: Bayou Country

1. Born On The Bayou

2. Bootleg

3. Graveyard Train

4. Good Golly Miss Molly

5. Penthouse Pauper

6. Proud Mary

7. Keep On Chooglin'

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Track List: Creedence Clearwater Revival

1. I Put A Spell On You

2. The Working Man

3. Suzie Q

4. Ninety-Nine And A Half

5. Get Down Woman

6. Porterville

7. Gloomy

8. Walk On The Water

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Track List: At The Movies

1. The Midnight Special

3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

5. Keep On Chooglin'

8. Hey Tonight

9. Born On The Bayou

12. Suzie Q

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Track List: Bayou Country (40th Anniversary Edition)

2. Bootleg

3. Graveyard Train

4. Good Golly Miss Molly

5. Penthouse Pauper

7. Keep On Chooglin'

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Track List: Cosmo's Factory (Deluxe)

1. Ramble Tamble

2. Before You Accuse Me

4. Ooby Dooby

8. My Baby Left Me

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Track List: Creedence Covers The Classics

3. Hello Mary Lou

6. Ooby Dooby

7. The Night Time Is The Right Time

8. Cotton Fields

10. Before You Accuse Me

11. My Baby Left Me

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Track List: The Singles Collection

Disc 1

1. Porterville

5. I Put A Spell On You

12. Commotion

Disc 2

19. Long As I Can See The Light

24. Door To Door

26. Tearin' Up The Country

28. Good Golly, Miss Molly

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Track List: Willy And The Poor Boys (40th Anniversary Edition)

2. It Came Out Of The Sky

3. Cotton Fields

4. Poorboy Shuffle

5. Feelin' Blue

7. Don't Look Now

8. Midnight Special

9. Side O' The Road

10. Effigy

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Great music
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CCR was like the very first group I can remember listening my Brothers albums when I was a kid and love them love them love them
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It just takes me back in time i was ajunior inn high school..than k s
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Put.......A. CANDLE...... . I N . . . . T H E . . . . . W I N D O W ! ! ! ! ! ! X O X O X O . . . . . A S LONG AS I CAN.....See The...L I G H T?!??????
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The........M I D N I T E . . . . S P E C I A L ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! X O X O X O X O X O X O
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If yuh got yoh neegah

Put yoh money down

In the table , how much ?

MOVIE : DJANGO
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If yuh got yoh neegah

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CCR the best performers.. . Even my daughter went to a concert when she was 16 in 1998.
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Omg i love this song and i am only a 14 year old country boy
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Shut up
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My son is 11 years old and he loves this song
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CCR the band for all times; I love their music.
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Hey, "Do you want to see something really scary"? Twilight Zone the Movie in 83. Classic Jam, sure miss this type of music...
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ALL RIGBT!!!!!!! ! X O X O X O X O X O
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Kk
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Saw JF at ACL a few years ago. He rocked the house. It was one of the best sets of the weekend. The whole audience danced and sang alone.
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one of the first cd's I ever owned and I am too young to be there but they make me feel like I am there!
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You forget how hard this hits until you hear it again, amazing.
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This music was huge when my older brothers went to UW madison , great memories
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Rolling on down LOVE THIS SONG!!!
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I love the scene in the movie "The Longest Yard" with Adam Sandler when they played this.
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Oh my lord I fn love this s**t
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What about midnight special
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I Love CCR. Their music never gets old.
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so far I love all what you played
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This song makes me want to slap around my uncle
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No
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when you want to stop being bored listen to some good old music now that's music living loving music
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Reeeeal good music!!
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Real music..
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First tape cassette o played night and day
Life was great and rock and roll was mine
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I won't to know have you ever seen the rain coming down
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Most people don't know the original blue bird was by Buffalo Springfield I love Both but it's all Rock and Roll
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Have I?
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've what can I say,except that there just a b**chin band weather I am high or not
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My first album purchased.
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CCR is a part of anyone's life whom was a teenager in the,sixties. . . And even if you a teenager in the nineties. Even today they are still a great band.
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One my favorite bands CCR
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It's all good!
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I love these guys!! My fave goes something like..Ahh Honey , Oh Sugar Booger...you are my candy babe and blah de blah woma lilly wah wah bip be boppa loola ..oh yeah?...Oh Yeah!...some t h i n g like that
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CCR take me home again.....
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Great band terrific songs.
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