This inelegantly-named, but hugely successful Californian group produced work from 1968 to 1972. But they proved prolific in that all too brief 4 year period: they put out 7 albums of powerful rock that was imbued with country, blues, and soul influences. Their back catalogue has since been buffeted by a number of impressive compilations. But the best of these by far is Chronicle (which contains all of their original 19 hit singles). Prolific AllMusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine has said in a review that: "It's a lean, concise collection that tells you everything you need to know about Creedence".
Can this 70 minute budget-priced collection from Spectrum match it for quality?
Despite the fact that it includes 6 of the short, accessible, radio-friendly tunes that can be found on that particular collection ('Proud Mary', 'Bad Moon Rising', 'Green River', 'Down on the Corner, 'Someday Never Comes', and 'Up Around The Bend'), the answer is, sadly, no. There are too many first-rate songs that should be there but aren't - like 'Who'll Stop the Rain', 'Travelin' Band', and 'Have You Ever Seen the Rain?' And the bluesy aspect of the band's musical personality is, unfortunately, slightly overplayed by the inclusion of the decidedly average 'Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)', 'Chameleon', and 'Born to Move'. Those jams aren't as heavy, or as powerful, as similar efforts in the running order, in 'Effigy' and 'Keep on Chooglin''. Good will is only partially restored by the inclusion of well-liked album tracks 'Tombstone Shadow' and 'Bootleg', and a spiky live version of the finger-pointing 'Fortunate Son'.
Unfortunately, the 18 song Bad Moon Rising doesn't really stand up to its authoritative-sounding subtitle (The Collection), because it is so comprehensively overshadowed by Chronicle.