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Bad Moon Rising - The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival Audio CD
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Unquestionably one of the greatest American rock bands ever, Creedence Clearwater Revival will best be remembered for their unique bayou sound popularized in songs like "Proud Mary" and "Green River."

Although their music evoked the raw, gospel-tinged sound of the rural South, Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and Tom and John Fogerty actually hailed from El Cerrito, ... Read more in Amazon's Creedence Clearwater Revival Store

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  • Audio CD (29 Sep 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B0000C4LZ7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect compilation 29 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
What at an original, powerful sound! Creedence Clearwater revival was a very unique band with their evocative southern rock, the amazing vocals and their gripping tuneful songs. As a kid I didn't always understand the words because of the lead singer's unusual inflections but the songs never failed to move me.
All the tracks are classics, including their version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine, but my favorites include the amazing on-the-road song Lodi and that anthem of foreboding, Bad Moon Rising, plus the brilliant Proud Mary and the swinging Down On The Corner.
This is melodic rock at its best, with chart busters like Up Around The Bend, Long As I Can See The Light, Hey Tonight and Who'll Stop The Rain. This band played a large part in making the 1960s such a memorable time for great music and their sound has never been imitated or equalled. Although they were primarily a singles band, they also made stunning albums like Cosmo's Factory. This compilation is near perfect.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation of chooglin' rock 'n' roll 22 Dec 2004
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Creedence Clearwater Revival really are one of the most underrated bands of the 1960s/70s. Although they were only together for a few years, they managed to score an almost unbroken run of hit records here and in the US. This compilation contains all their most memorable songs; it really is the only one you need. For someone who has not heard it before, 'Born on the Bayou' or 'Green River' will sound like they were recorded yesterday. The coruscating anger of Vietnam protest song 'Fortunate Son' is even more relevant today, given the situation in Iraq. What makes them even more remarkable, given the era they recorded in, is that most of these songs clock in around the 3 minute mark. Classic tunes, great r'n'r. Dude.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only 13 Jan 2005
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A top CD, full of classic tunes you thought you'd never heard of. I blame the local radio for making me buy this but after getting through the first half dozen tracks I realised it was no bad idea.
They didn't just do Bad Moon Rising you know
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant rock group 4 Feb 2005
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This group combined elements of pop, rock, blues and R+B in their music and you can hear all the different influences here. For example, I put a spell on you is a great piece of blues-rock, but Proud Mary is raw rock'n'roll.
As far as hits are concerned, the group were more consistently successful in America than in Britain. In America, they had many big hits including several that peaked at number two without ever achieving a number one hit. In Britain, their overall record was more modest although they clocked up four top ten hits - and Bad moon rising went all the way to number one. Their other UK top ten hits were Proud Mary, Travelling band and Up around the bend (which made the top three).
Among the other classic songs here are Green river, Down on the corner, Fortunate son, Who'll stop the rain, Looking out the back door, Long as I can see the light and Have you ever seen the rain. All of these were either huge American hits, or were B-sides of those hits.
This collection contains all the essentials. It contains all the tracks available on another hits compilation, Chronicles volume 1, plus two (Born On The Bayou and Wrote A Song For Everyone) that are to be found on its companion, Chronicles volume 2, which explores their album tracks in greater depth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Down on the corner 17 Oct 2011
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I would have loved to have titled this review after another of their sultry, Southern-drenched songs, Born on the Bayou, but John Fogerty and his band, by his own admission, had never even laid eyes on a bayou back in the late 60s/70s when they recorded these wonderful tracks, being sons of California. You wouldn`t have known, as these timeless songs sound as authentic as anything from that era.
I place Creedence in the very top echelon of rock bands - up there with Little Feat, The Band, Free, The Kinks and The Stones - and their music still sounds as fresh today as it did forty-odd years ago. Try the frenzied rock of Travelin` Band or the classic Bad Moon Rising. Or, if you want to visit the bayou by proxy, as it were, listen to the edgily atmospheric Green River, one of their finest songs, or how about the five-minute yell of Born On The Bayou itself.
This is Rock`n`Roll, as surely as anything by Chuck, Jerry Lee or Little Richard.
There are also one or two more thoughtful numbers, from the great mid-tempo Lodi to the heartfelt Long As I Can See The Night and the lesser-known Someday Never Comes.
Their workouts on Susie Q and I Heard It Through The Grapevine (the 4-minute edited version here, I`m relieved to say) are less indispensable, but still good to have.
I haven`t even mentioned such terrific songs as Proud Mary, Up Around The Bend, the furious-sounding Fortunate Son or the joyously abandoned Sweet Hitch-hiker.
John Fogerty has one of the greatest voices in all rock music, as well as one of the most powerful, and is still making albums to kill for - 2007`s craftily named Revival is as good as his best.
This is as good a compilation as you`ll find of this one-of-a-kind band in its rough and ready heyday, with excellent sleevenotes, plenty of pics, and full chart listings.
CCR were a great little band who made a big beautiful noise.
Utterly essential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a serviceable best of from rockers Creedence Clearwater Revival. Covering all their big hits and with a few lesser known tracks. I bought this just to get my hands on a copy of the superb `Bad Moon Rising'. Apart from this bona fide classic there are a few great tracks (Suzi Q for example) but the rest of it is filler. Did the world really need another version of `I Put A Spell On You'? Not really, especially when the band covering it bring little that is new to their interpretation. So in all a couple of great songs, but bulked out with some bland lesser recordings. 3 stars.
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