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Creedence Clearwater Revival
1. Susie Q
(Hawkins – Lewis – Broadwater) Arc Music – BMI
2. I Put A Spell On You
(Jay Hawkins) Travis Music – BMI
3. Proud Mary
4. Bad Moon Rising
6. Green River
8. Down On The Corner
9. Fortunate Son
10. Travelin’ Man
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
(Whitfield – Strong) Jobete Music – BMI
17. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
18. Hey Tonight
19. Sweet Hitch-Hiker
20. Someday Never Comes
John Fogerty – lead guitar, vocals
Tom Fogerty – guitar (except on #19 - #20)
Stu Cook – bass
Doug Clifford – drums
Arranged and produced by John Fogerty
Digital master tape prepared at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley. Mastering Engineer – Gary Hobish
Art direction, design – Phil Carroll
Photography – Jim Marshall
Digital master tape prepared at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley.
(P) 1976, Fantasy Records Tenth and Parker Berkeley, CA 94710 All Rights Reserved
All selections, except as indicated, composed by J. C. Fogerty (Jondora Music, BMI, except #19 - #20, published by Primeval Ltd., ASCAP)
Of the singles released during their remarkable career, 15 of the tunes were in the Top Ten of the trade charts. One tune in this collection, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” was released as a single in January 1976. As an 11-minute-plus cut on CCR’s greatest-selling LP, Cosmo’s Factory. “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” earned enormous airplay throughout the world, and is one of Creedence’s greatest hits.
Rarely in rock and roll history has there been so close a relationship between creative achievement and audience response as with Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1969 and 1970, the years when they were without question the most successful and exhilarating band in America. Making music against the grain of the post-San Francisco pop music of the sixties, Creedence struck a true chord with records that were clean, demanding, vivid, and fast – with what might be called straightforward lyricism. Single by single, they said their piece and got out. Because of the total absence of gimmicks, posing, and prettifying, their records stand up today far better than almost anything else made at the time. The tracks are deceptive: beautifully, lovingly made, they sound about as contrived as the weather.
It is, taken all at once, miraculous stuff. At least four tunes here – “Proud Mary,” “Green River,” “Fortunate Son,” and “Up Around The Bend” – literally define rock and roll – as a musical form, as a recurring event, as a version of the American spirit. A few good bands go so far, even once.
Credence believed that the music they made would always sound different from – in opposition to – whatever else was in fashion at the time, whatever the time might be. They were right. Were “Green River” on the radio today it would jump right off it, something else entirely, just as it did seven years ago. Like the other 19 tracks on Chronicle, it is rock and roll with no excuses given, no questions asked. There has never been much of that around, and never more of it collected in one place than here.
- Greil Marcus