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Mardi Gras
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2000
This was the final Creedence studio album.Rhythm guitarist Tom had left for a low key but consistent solo career.The remaining trio elected(depending on whos story you read)to share out the writing,singing and playing.John Fogerty's post CCR. output has been the poorer for not having drummmer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook backing him;but when the drummer got to write and sing on this album,the results were woeful.Stu Cook's"Door to Door(a single "b"side from the year before)and driving "Sail Away"show real potential but the seemingly venomous"Take it like a friend" is dire. It was mainman John Fogerty's task to lift the album but he was heavily involved with his first solo set,the far more country than rock"Blue Ridge Rangers" project and it showed..."Lookin' for a reason" and a straight run through Rick(y)Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou"are great but were not what might have been expected from CCR.That left the excellent "Sweet hitch hiker", but that had been a chart single eight months earlier so most fans already had it.One song alone saves the album:the magnificent "Someday Never Comes" as Fogerty bares his soul and allows access deep,deep inside his own father/son situation. By the end of 1972,the year this was issued,Creedence were no more,the split acrimonious and still not healed today.Unless you are a completist,you'd be better off with a copy of "chronical"the greatest hits collection than this. John Fogerty is up and running once again with another backing band but the sound that he had with CCR. has never been bettered.His songs,guitar and powerful vocals were perfectly supported by Cook and Clifford....I don't believe we shall hear it quite as good again!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2000
This was the final Creedence studio album.Rhythm guitarist Tom had left for a low key but consistent solo career.The remaining trio elected(depending on whos story you read)to share out the writing,singing and playing.John Fogerty's post CCR. output has been the poorer for not having drummmer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook backing him;but when the drummer got to write and sing on this album,the results were woeful.Stu Cook's"Door to Door(a single "b"side from the year before)and driving "Sail Away"show real potential but the seemingly venomous"Take it like a friend" is dire. It was mainman John Fogerty's task to lift the album but he was heavily involved with his first solo set,the far more country than rock"Blue Ridge Rangers" project and it showed..."Lookin' for a reason" and a straight run through Rick(y)Nelson's "Hello Mary Lou"are great but were not what might have been expected from CCR.That left the excellent "Sweet hitch hiker", but that had been a chart single eight months earlier so most fans already had it.One song alone saves the album:the magnificent "Someday Never Comes" as Fogerty bares his soul and allows access deep,deep inside his own father/son situation. By the end of 1972,the year this was issued,Creedence were no more,the split acrimonious and still not healed today.Unless you are a completist,you'd be better off with a copy of "chronical"the greatest hits collection than this. John Fogerty is up and running once again with another backing band but the sound that he had with CCR. has never been bettered.His songs,guitar and powerful vocals were perfectly supported by Cook and Clifford....I don't believe we shall hear it quite as good again!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The other reviewers have clearly outlined the history of this album, and thus the reasons why it's such a mess.

If anything, though, their judgements are too kind. "Someday Never Comes" is indeed magnificent, but "Sweet Hitchhiker" is like a bad imitation of CCR, and "Hello Mary Lou", though harmless, is a waste of time.

The rest, sadly, is terrible: rawk cliches of the worst kind, without any redeeming features.

It was a depressing end for such a great band. If you really want the one good track on here, look for it on a compilation.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2014
This Lp was very much slated when it came out but I have always liked it. The group was getting to the end of its run Tom Fogerty had left the remaiining three finished this Lp with all contributing to the songs which John Fogerty had done Up till then apart from cover versions Stu Cook And Doug Clifford Songs Don't stand Up to John Fogerty who was way ahead of how to Write a song and produce but I played my old vinyl version many times and the CD will be played many times again Johns songs stand out from Some Day Never Comes to Sweet Hitch Hiker to the Cover of Ricky Nelsons Hello Mary Lou I think it's a good CD no matter what the critics said at the time and that was the end of CCR as we new them .
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on 31 March 2013
No up to previous recordings. Lack of passion. Does show what happens when a group are coming to an end.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2014
Madrid Gras was a complete waste of time apart from Sweet Hitch Hiker
Stu Cook and Doug Clifford tried there hand at song writing (total crap) after John Fogerty done all the hard work on the other 5 top selling albums.
Avoid Creedance Clearwater Revisited at you peril

Effigy
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 November 2013
My husband is a fan of all the Creedence Clearwater Revival song in fact he now has quite a few of them Thank you
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