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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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Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B00005QER4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 376,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Popular but not hip, basic but not shallow, rooted but not retro, Creedence Clearwater Revival distinguished themselves in the late 1960s and early 1970s through these contradictions. This six-disc box set is the definitive Creedence collection, offering superbly remastered versions of all of their studio and live albums and adding a disc's worth of pre-Creedence material. The ultimate blue-collar rock band, John Fogerty and CCR found success by wholly giving in to their fascination with the American South (despite hailing from Northern California) and exploring the turf that connected R&B and country--the same turf that their heroes at Sun studios tilled at rock's birth. As the songs on the first disc prove, they hadn't always taken this approach, though perhaps they should have: The first four songs from 1961 (by Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets), original compositions in the classic 50s rock & roll style they loved, hold up better than subsequent Golliwogs tracks that attempt to replicate the British Invasion sound in vogue at the time. Still, the Golliwogs tracks offer hints of John Fogerty's menacing growl and biting guitar that would fully blossom later on.

When diving into CCR's entire body of work, many myths dissipate and a more well-rounded view comes into focus: the quintessential singles band that dominated AM radio was also quite an album band, releasing solid records from top to bottom even though half of the songs were saturating radio long before the LP would hit. Also, they weren't quite as far removed from their Bay Area brethren (who were reared on the same roots music) as is often stated, offering a number of long and loose jams that, while not overtly psychedelic, gave them and their fans a chance to stretch out. Without question, though, CCR were the kings of the three-minute rock single, and it's these now-ubiquitous gems that will always define them. --Marc Greilsamer

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. R. Pountney on 9 Mar 2008
Format: Audio CD
This has got 6 disks, contained is a special Creedence box. It comes with a colour booklet with press clippings, biog and loads of images. It contains all of the albums they released including the Golliwogs, which is the first CD. The last disk and a half are live recordings and are great quality. The tracks on the other albums are full length versions so there are some extended guitar solos.

Definately recommended for any music fan
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82 of 85 people found the following review helpful By Rocker_Man on 22 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR for short) is recognized as one of America's greatest southern rock bands of all time, and why not? Their music rules! John Fogerty and the boys were some of the world's finest musicians, and although their days as the band were short, during those years they shelled out some of the finest songs in rock and roll history. And now the band has compiled a box set of their recordings! Read on for my review of this package.
PROS:
-There are two ways you can do a box set: The good way (a definitive collection of every recording you have ever done) and the bad way (a scattershot mixture of tracks.), and the Creedence Clearwater Revival box set does it the GOOD way! You get all of the band's studio albums in this collection: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willie And The Poor Boys, Cosmo's Factory, and the band's live album.
-The compilation features live material previously unreleased on compact disc.
-The first disc of the compilation is nothing but previously unreleased Pre-Creedence rarities! This stuff is the icing on the cake.
-The box includes a handy booket with a ton of useful and interesting liner notes.
-Buying this set is a better value than buying all of the band's material separately. And besides, some material in this set isn't available anywhere else!
-The band really tried to save space with this set. When they could fit more than one album onto a single compact disc, they did so. Smart thinking.
CONS:
-Although Amazon's photograph may have convinced you otherwise, this box isn't actually made out of wood. Sorry.
-There are noticable sound flaws in some of the recordings featured here. Nothing major, but still a flaw worth mentioning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cliff on 8 Aug 2014
Format: Audio CD
Disc 1: Pre-Creedence 1961-1967

Come On Baby – Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets
Oh My Love – Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets
Have You Ever Been Lonely – Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets
Bonita – Tommy Fogerty & The Blue Velvets
Don’t Tell Me No Lies – The Golliwogs
Little Girl (Does Your Mama Know) – The Golliwogs
Where You Been – The Golliwogs
You Came Walking – The Golliwogs
You Can’t Be True (First Version) – The Golliwogs
You Got Nothin’ on Me – The Golliwogs
I Only Met You Just An Hour Ago – The Golliwogs
Brown-Eyed Girl – The Golliwogs
You Better Be Careful – The Golliwogs
Fight Fire – The Golliwogs
Fragile Child – The Golliwogs
She Was Mine – The Golliwogs
Gonna Hang Around – The Golliwogs
Try Try Try – The Golliwogs
Instrumental #1 – The Golliwogs
Little Tina – The Golliwogs
Walking on the Water – The Golliwogs
You Better Get It Before It Gets You – The Golliwogs
Tell Me – The Golliwogs
You Can’t Be True (Second Version) – The Golliwogs
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Disc 1, Tracks 5-15 and 21-22 and Disc 2, Track 1 released on Pre-Creedence (Fantasy F-9474, 1975)

Tracks 5-6 released as Fantasy single 590, 1964
Tracks 7-8 released as Fantasy single 597, 1965
Tracks 9-10 released as Fantasy single 599, 1965
Tracks 12-13 released as Scorpio single 404, 1965
Tracks 14-15 released as Scorpio single 405, 1966
Tracks 21-22 released as Scorpio single 408, 1966
Disc 1, Tracks 23-24 from Scorpio single 410 (cancelled), 1967

Disc 2: 1967-1969

Call It Pretending (B-side to Scorpio single 412, 1967)
I Put a Spell on You
The Working Man
Susie Q
Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won’t Do)
Get Down
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ciaran McFall on 11 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Creedence are just as good today as they've always been - classic songs that never age. Have owned this for a while now and it hasn't been out of the CD Player since I bought it.
Nowhere else offers ALL the bands songs in one place. Buy it now!
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