Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968/2008/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968/2008/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 34:03 minutes | 1,32 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital booklet | © Fantasy Records

Credence Clearwater Revival was the eponymous debut album by the American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival and was originally released on July 5, 1968. The album featured a number of covers, including “Susie Q”, which became a hit. Although the band initially struggled to achieve recognition by critics, they would eventually go on to become one of the most well-known and beloved American rock bands of the 1960s and ’70s.

Released in the summer of 1968 — a year after the summer of love, but still in the thick of the Age of Aquarius – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s self-titled debut album was gloriously out-of-step with the times, teeming with John Fogerty’s Americana fascinations. While many of Fogerty’s obsessions and CCR’s signatures are in place — weird blues (“I Put a Spell on You”), Stax R&B (Wilson Pickett’s “Ninety-Nine and a Half”), rockabilly (“Susie Q”), winding instrumental interplay, the swamp sound, and songs for “The Working Man” — the band was still finding their way. Out of all their records (discounting Mardi Gras), this is the one that sounds the most like its era, thanks to the wordless vocal harmonies toward the end of “Susie Q,” the backward guitars on “Gloomy,” and the directionless, awkward jamming that concludes “Walking on the Water.” Still, the band’s sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp. Fogerty’s songwriting is a little tentative. Not for nothing were two of the three singles pulled from the album covers (Dale Hawkins’ “Susie Q,” Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You”) — he wasn’t an accomplished tunesmith yet. Though “The Working Man” isn’t bad, the true exception is that third single, “Porterville,” an exceptional song with great hooks, an underlying sense of menace, and the first inkling of the working-class rage that fueled such landmarks as “Fortunate Son.” It’s the song that points the way to the breakthrough of Bayou Country, but the rest of the album shouldn’t be dismissed, because judged simply against the rock & roll of its time, it rises above its peers.

Tracklist:
01 – I Put A Spell On You
02 – The Working Man
03 – Susie Q
04 – Ninety-Nine And A Half
05 – Get Down Woman
06 – Porterville
07 – Gloomy
08 – Walk On The Water

Reissue Produced by Chris Clough.
Mastered by Paul Blakemore at CMG Mastering.

Musicians:
John Fogerty – lead guitar, vocals
Tom Fogerty – rhythm guitar, background vocals
Stu Cook – bass, background vocals
Doug Clifford – drums, background vocals

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