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Digitally remastered and containing rare previously unreleased bonus material. Creedence Clearwater Revival is the self titled first album by American band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released in 1968. The year 2008 marks the 40th anniversary of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The album is packaged in a beautiful digi-pak, faithfully recreating the original album packages in meticulous detail and the CD reissue contains expanded liner notes.
Mojo (Publisher) (12/01, p.116) - "...Suprisingly powerful..."
Creedence Clearwater Revival: John Fogerty (vocals, guitar); Tom Fogerty (guitar); Stu Cook (bass); Doug Clifford (drums).
Includes liner notes by Ben Fong-Torres.
Digitally remastered utilizing the 20-Bit K2 Super Coding System.
Creedence Clearwater Revival: John Fogerty (vocals, guitar); Tom Fogerty (guitar, background vocals); Stu Cook (bass guitar, background vocals); Doug Clifford (drums, background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Joel Selvin.
Recording information: Filmore, San Francisco, CA.
Arranger: John Fogerty.
CCR seemed like something of an anomaly on their 1968 debut. They were miles from the mind-expanding flower-power explorations of their California contemporaries. They came across as a gritty, hard-hitting band respectful of their blues, country, and rock & roll roots. John Fogerty's cutting, raspy voice bore echoes of Howlin' Wolf and Little Richard as he delivered lyrics that alternately celebrated and bemoaned a working man's life, much like Merle Haggard and other '60s country artists. That the strong New Orleans swamp-rock flavor seemed so natural (Californian Fogerty's bayou tales were pure flights of fancy) was a testament to the strength of CCR's musical vision. The way they put a respectful but contemporary twist on Dale Hawkins's "Suzie Q" and the chilling "I Put a Spell on You" shows that they knew enough about the past to step confidently into rock & roll's future.