Released in 1976, Chronicle (Vol. 1) contains practically everything that made CCR as big as they were, and as such boasts an embarrassment of riches. As far as compilations go, they don't come much more generous or essential than this. Chronicle is littered with classic tracks from the pen of the amazing John Fogerty, and has a couple of well-chosen covers for good measure. Infact, this compilation is so all encompassing, it almost renders some of the CCR back catalogue obsolete (but not quite!)
Ranging from the soulful 'Long As I Can See The Light', the anthemic 'Proud Mary' (which became a massive hit for Ike and Tina Turner, and a staple of Elvis' concert repertoire), to the sheer fun of 'Looking Out My Back Door', nearly every track is a classic. Even the lyrical content is as varied as it is brilliant. From the anti-Vietnam war sentiments of 'Fortunate Son' and 'Run Through The Jungle', to the sinister 'Bad Moon Rising', and the simple tales of life on the road in 'Travelling Band', 'Down On The Corner' and 'Lodi'. This CD takes you on a journey through the music of CCR that is hugely impressive and infinitely memorable. The fact that the band never put a foot wrong, in nearly ten years worth of music, is a phenomenal achievement in itself, and the essence of that fact is evident in this brilliant compilation.
For anyone who needs an introduction to CCR, this album is simply perfect. But far more than just a stepping stone into the back catalogue of one of the most successful bands of their generation, it is also a timeless collection of songs that can be referred to time and time again.