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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

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: 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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Classic and such an awesome Jam by CCR, up around the bend,this jam totally rocks! It's classic rock at its finest! Rock on!
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Don't read this you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Now that you've started this don't stop this is so freaky.mBut if you read this and ignore this you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear on the screen this is so freaky it really works
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jonathan.sad o w s k y
One has to wonder if they started out as a tribute band to a band called Creedence Clearwater.. .
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This song is classic rock totally awesome by CCR born on a bayou it doesn't get any better! Its totally awesome! So is CCR, Rock on!
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Totally awesome Jam by the great CCR. This Jam, Green River kicks a** and so does CCR. There classic rock at its finest! Rock on!
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hell to the yeah....musi c as it should be
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Hey girls! Party on...
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Great 70's band & so many people still love their music today, even the millennials!
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I was in europe at that time
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this. But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When your done hit the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen.
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Any co. / internet site that needs to leach off another site's popularity doesn't deserve my recognition
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PANDORA needs to clean up the leaches...
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Forget that crap> always loved these guys even after learning they were a california band, not a southern group. AIN'T CHANGED.
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Don't read this because it actually works you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life however if you do not post this you will die in 2 days now that you started don't stop this is so scary put it on 5 other songs and in 143 minutes when done press spacebar and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters this is so scary it actually works
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Forrest Gump brought me here.
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Don't read this… Now that you have started don't stop write this on 15 songs in 143 minutes and you'll be kissed by your crush on the nearest Friday when you're finished hit the and your lover's name will appear
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I always love hearing this song from CCR!
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Yes ,,what wonderful memories! Every morning they played the theme song to Captain Kangaroo and ol Mr Green Jeans wailing away on his jews harp and sent me off to school with a smile!
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What sweet sweet sweet memories
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Discovering CCR for the first time as a child going through your father's albums. Priceless.
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So many people told me so many things so long ago, & I listened. I no longer listen.
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Bad Moon Rising is a great song from CCR.
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DO NOT READ THIS. You will be hugged and kissed by your crush on the nearest Friday. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading so don't stop now. If you read this and ignore it, then you will be seriously injured in two days. Post this on five other songs in 143 minutes.
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Always love listening to some CCR. Love the 70's.
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LEVON HELM. Watch his movie. Fogarty screwed them all over. They created their sound together and HELM deserved better!!!
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The 70's Rock!
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CCR: Smooth, sing along good beat songs. Pure classics
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My years for rock span from the 60s to the 90s. Jethro Tull in my top ten. ��
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There is ONLY CCR...all else falls short!
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GREAT SONG; it was a Vietnam protest song, just 1 of 4 or 5 that CCR did during those hard times . . . (Vietnam was MY generations war).
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elw0214
Great song! Goes on W-A-Y too long. It was the 70's.
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14 and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE CCR!��
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My mother and I and my children all love your music three generations we all agree on
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I love it when they sing about fish!
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Remember being with my older sister Pat cruising in her Triumph Spitfire with the top down. I was about 10 years old & even though we were about 10 years apart we had so much fun together!! She passed away recently & I always think of her when I hear CCR... :(
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Can't help but groove!!! Oh yeah!!!
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Pure good music. Kick back, blaze, tap your foot, bob your head and smile.
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Come by
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sometime.
david...
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Love CCR. Wish I could've seen in concert
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So classic..
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