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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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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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I want to your fool baby we have to get to know each other I'm not giving up on us
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What music
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Mothers little. Helper it's the truth
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Down on the Corner
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Good song Have you ever seen the rain
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gimme three steps
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you won't die young with me I want you to sing to me I'll sing to you won't be as good as the way you sing that was always my dream of you my love Mimi mike
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I will take a ride anywhere you want to I'll follow you tomorrow you anywhere baby Mimi mike
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Kiss your and then say crushes name and post this on 5 other songs and they will ask you out
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This version Rocks!!!!!
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Heard it through the Grapevine, Theirz A Bad Moon On The Rise...
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Bad moon rising...Oh how true..
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Love this song...
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Down on the corner or as my best friend calls it "the Walgreens song" is our song ok thank you bye
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Hey Michelle. Private message Mimi. Us music lovers eould appreciate it
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I would like to role with you mimi
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you can make it my love we will be a team your my best friend mimi
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Atleast the lyrics is a different ccr song
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Once again lyrics don't match the song title.
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CCr god great music always turn me on they knew how to jam
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One of my all time favorite bands! Awesome music!
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Always loved CCR!
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Awesome
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Excites me from the first rockin note of just about any CCR song. Consistently great riffs! My favorite band of all time. Have seen Fogerty many times and he hasn't lost anything, just amazing!
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Great band.
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I love your song Carrie Ann.
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Good music
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I love CCR. You guys rule!
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Play more Creedence
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Play. Graveyard Train again. Favorite song and music on extended version..
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creedence was way ahead of their time
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I love this song so much it's awesome
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SUSIE Q...IS MY ALL TIME FAVE
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