There are some excellent Best Of and Greatest Hits collections for those who want all of this marvellous band’s hit singles. But there is a certain cohesion about Cosmo’s Factory that makes it a worthwhile acquisition in addition to the singles compilations. Perhaps it is in the sequence of tracks or the finely balanced moods of the album, but it remains their classic work that ought to be enjoyed in one uninterrupted listening session.
Ramble Tamble, the opening number, is great, but the music really starts to pull you in from track three, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, through brilliant songs like Up Around The Bend, Who’ll Stop The Rain, Long As I Can See The Light, to end with the brilliant on-the-road masterpiece Travellin’ Band. Almost right in the middle of this majestic sequence is their devastating interpretation of Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through he Grapevine, the definitive rock version of the great soul classic.
I recommend this enduring masterpiece to all rock fans that wish to enjoy one of the most authentic and soulful rock groups of the sixties. I would say that Cosmo’s Factory is a better introduction to CCR than the admittedly great compilation albums, as it captures the band at the height of its power while the individual songs and the way they follow one another are just right.