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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: Creedence Clearwater Revival: Selección 5 Estrellas Black

1. Suzie Q

3. Cross-Tie Walker

4. Sinister Purpose

5. Green River

8. Before You Accuse Me

9. Ooby Dooby

13. Long As I Can See The Light

14. Bad Moon Rising

15. Who'll Stop The Rain

16. Cotton Fields

18. The Midnight Special

19. Keep On Chooglin'

20. Graveyard Train

21. Proud Mary

22. The Working Man

23. Born On The Bayou

24. Bootleg

25. Penthouse Pauper

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Track List: The Singles Collection

Disc 1

1. Porterville

2. Call It Pretending

3. Suzie Q

4. Suzie Q

5. I Put A Spell On You

6. Walking On The Water

7. Proud Mary

8. Born On The Bayou

9. Bad Moon Rising

10. Lodi

11. Green River

12. Commotion

13. Fortunate Son

14. Down On The Corner

15. Travelin' Band

16. Who'll Stop The Rain

Disc 2

17. Run Through The Jungle

18. Up Around The Bend

19. Long As I Can See The Light

20. Lookin' Out My Back Door

21. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

22. Hey Tonight

23. Sweet Hitch-Hiker

24. Door To Door

25. Someday Never Comes

26. Tearin' Up The Country

27. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

28. Good Golly, Miss Molly

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Track List: Creedence Covers The Classics

1. Good Golly Miss Molly

3. Hello Mary Lou

4. Susie Q

5. Midnight Special

6. Ooby Dooby

7. The Night Time Is The Right Time

8. Cotton Fields

10. Before You Accuse Me

11. My Baby Left Me

12. I Put A Spell On You

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Track List: Pendulum (40th Anniversary Edition)

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

13. Hey Tonight (Live in Hamburg)

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Track List: At The Movies

1. The Midnight Special

2. Proud Mary

3. I Heard It Through The Grapevine

4. Bad Moon Rising

5. Keep On Chooglin'

6. Who'll Stop The Rain

7. Fortunate Son

8. Hey Tonight

9. Born On The Bayou

10. Lookin' Out My Back Door

11. Run Through The Jungle

12. Suzie Q

13. Up Around The Bend

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Track List: Live In Europe (Remastered)

1. Born On The Bayou (Live In Europe 71')

2. Medley: Green River/Susie Q (Live In Europe 71')

3. It Came Out Of The Sky (Live In Europe 71')

4. Door To Door (Live In Europe 71')

5. Travelin' Band (Live In Europe 71')

6. Fortunate Son (Live In Europe 71')

7. Commotion (Live In Europe 71')

8. Lodi (Live In Europe 71')

9. Bad Moon Rising (Live In Europe 71')

10. Proud Mary (Live In Europe 71')

11. Up Around The Bend (Live In Europe 71')

12. Hey Tonight (Live In Europe 71')

13. Sweet Hitch-Hiker (Live In Europe 71')

14. Keep On Chooglin' (Live In Europe 71')

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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: Chronicle: Volume Two (Remastered)

1. Walk On The Water

2. Susie Q (Part 2) (Album Version)

3. Born On The Bayou

4. Good Golly Miss Molly

5. Tombstone Shadow

6. Wrote A Song For Everyone

7. The Night Time Is The Right Time

8. Cotton Fields

9. It Came Out Of The Sky

10. Don't Look Now

11. The Midnight Special

12. Before You Accuse Me

13. My Baby Left Me

14. Pagan Baby

15. (Wish I Could) Hideaway

16. It's Just A Thought

17. Molina

18. Born To Move

19. Lookin' For A Reason

20. Hello Mary Lou

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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: Cosmo's Factory (Deluxe)

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

12. Travelin' Band (Remake Take)

13. Up Around The Bend (Live In Amsterdam)

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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

x

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: 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

x

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

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. Midnight Special

9. Side O' The Road

10. Effigy

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Track List: Bayou Country (40th Anniversary Edition)

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'

8. Bootleg (Alternate Take)

9. Born On The Bayou (Live In London)

10. Proud Mary (Live In Stockholm)

11. Crazy Otto (Live At The Fillmore)

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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'

x

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

x

Track List: Creedence Clearwater Revival (40th Anniversary Edition)

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

9. Call It Pretending

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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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Justin, go delete your damn account.
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dragonlady60 8 8
CCR ROCKS ALWAYS
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justinjenny4 9 5
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O yeah who will? Stop. The Rain! Something's going on whatever's just the deadbeats dreaming 2people can say the same thing but one only one said it right,! All of us would love ta ta have that power and the but only one said it RIGHT .. and he put it in a SONG ,,?!! Thanx fellows let it Rock !. SAVAGE
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Love music not war
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Another group with outstanding music playing while cursing around town in my 72 Chevelle! Wow what memories!
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The first couple of albums were great but Forgerty's grating voice wore thin after Green River and I couldn't listen to them anymore.
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Simply a amazing jam, and what a classic by the CCR. This song Totally is awesome, and is one of my favorites by them. Who'll Stop The Rain, it's classic CCR and at their finest! And yes, I went down to Virginia. This is where I live at, in Virginia. CCR rocks America! What a totally awesome classic rock band. And to all the members who have passed, rest in peace.Rock on!
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Awesome jam and what a classic from this Kick-A** classic rock band CCR. This Jam rocks a**, Fortunate Son. I'm not no fortunate one! Totally awesome jam and one of my all-time favorites by this classic rock band. CCR is classic rock and at its finest people! Rock on!
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What an awesome classic Jam by CCR, born on the bayou, it totally rocks! & it's one of my favorite songs by this awesome classic band. And to all the members of this awesome band rest in peace. This music shall live on in the annals of rock and roll forever, and then the hearts of your fans also forever. CCR rocks America, they are classic rock at its finest! Rock on!
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Always a bad moon somewhere.lo v e C C R
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Right there with ya @rigoperezz1 9 9 7 . . m y dad brought me up on this classic rock, it's timeless music my friend...I'l l be listening to this till the day I die
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Grew up on this music thanks to my pops. And now my boy's jam out to it also.
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Love this band!!....hi s voice.
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clark.raven7 1 7
Can't forget where I started sounds good��������
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Born in stay ct
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6+ decades of mostly Rock and Blues.
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Lord the memories! U S Marines 3rd Marine Div. the rock A 2/4 weapons Plt
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Awesome
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It's movie soundtracks.
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LOVE THIS STUFF . IT'S BOMB !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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These guys are awesome
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I listen to this music while I'm trying to concentrate on my homework, can't escape the lure of the 70s
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One of my all time fav groups from back in the day.
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rocklobster3 1 0 6
Muscle car driving music! Me, an old school fout barrel-carbu r e t e d American V8 under the hood of a classic American Muscle Car, the open two lane road and this song blasting out the 8 track....has to be one of the most relaxing things one can ever do.
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Dont read this Friday you will be kissed in the closet. Put on 15 different songs in 143 minuets. Hit spacebar and crush name appears.
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✨❤️✨❤️✨❤️✨❤️
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Thanx to knowing of people suffering

In past / lesson learned \ I go not

down that path / ⚡️♦️⚡️♦️⚡️♦️
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Don't be this Friday tomorrow will be the luckiest day of your life because you will get kissed in the closet I started reading don't stop if you ignore this you will get bad luck record this on 15 different songs you have 143 minutes to do it when it is done click the spacebar it and your crushes name will appear in big letters it's creepy
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hearts. r
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SUCH BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN MUSIC!!
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Fortunate Son hit it right on the head. Chicken hawks like Trump who never wore the uniform glorify war while sending out blue collar sons to fight and die in their wars.
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Babe.......I " M . . . . . . . G O N N A LEAVE...U!!! ! X X X X X O O O O O
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Love me some CCR!
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Soon...
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Honey,honey! . . . . Y e a h !
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You've got that right Douglas Bryant, we come from the greatest generation ever with the greatest music ever.
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CCR a great band! Those of us heard them when we were young, appreciate their music.
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My brother turned me on to CCR when I was a kid. I think I have almost all of their albums /cd.
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Love my oldies
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Awsome
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S**tty
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yep
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Sicko.
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