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Who has heard of Creedence Clearwater Revival
10 February 2014
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Sky999
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I love me some CCR! They are pretty big around here, the swamp lands, even though are from California. Same goes for Lynyrd Skynyrd, who are really from Florida, yet talk about southern things. I don't know very much about CCR apart from who the lead singer is, John Fogerty, where they come from, when they broke up, and the majority of their classic songs. Don't feel bad, most bands that I like I don't know shit about. The Beatles are one of the few bands where I have a memorization of things. 

10 February 2014
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I like and grew up on some of their stuff

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10 February 2014
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I think my dad has some of their CDs. Are they good? I've been trying to discover some stuff other than Beatles recently. (Which led to my recent Nirvana obsession) So I've been digging up a bunch of his CDs. I'll try them out.

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10 February 2014
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They're good or at least to me. :)

 

11 February 2014
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CCR is great. I used to have a car that came with one of their greatest hits tapes stuck in the cassette player and I was perfectly okay with that. One of my faves...

 

12 February 2014
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This is one of those bands I discovered through my mom, who likes them a lot.

I like some of their songs, but they also have a lot of songs which I don't care for. 

Also, I always used to call John Fogerty ''Creepy Eye Man'' before I knew his name.

13 February 2014
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CCR is great!  My mom saw them in concert back in the 70's!  

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

13 February 2014
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Yes, they're fantastic.

CCR is one of the few bands that John mentions in the infamous 1970 interview when asked about the contemporary music he was listening to. And given that Oh Darling is similarly attempting to replicate the swamp rock sound, they were probably a big favourite amongst the whole band in their final year together. And you can see why. They display all the hallmarks in a band that the Beatles tended to enjoy: they firmly positioned themselves within a blues/rockandroll/r&b tradition but added their own personal twist to it. Same sort of reason why the band was so into the Lovin' Spoonful, Nilsson, The Band, Delaney and Bonnie, and Canned Heat around the same time.

24 February 2014
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tulane said
They were unbelievably prolific - at one point they put out 3 classic albums in the space of a year and John Fogerty wrote nearly every song himself!

Fogerty is without question one of the top 10 songwriters in American rnr.  Mom has a solo cd of him solo doing some of the band's greatest hits.  His imagery and word usage ranks right up there with the best (lennon&mccartney as a team or solo, harrison, james taylor, rod stewart, donovan, and others).  I don't necessarily like all of them (well obviously I like the first 3) but I recognize their songwriting abilities.  I'm sure there are some Brit bands I don't know about that write really well.  If you don't know James Taylor, do check him out - here's a very cool youtube of him and YoYo Ma doing Here Comes The Sun in 3:4 time

and here's his two most famous hits a good friend of his.  J.T. spent some time in the late 60s overcoming a Heroin addiction.  I believe Fire and Rain was written while he was in rehab/institution.  His cover of Carol King's You've Got a Friend did reach #4 in the UK in 1971,  so maybe some of you are familiar with J.T.  The version I point to in this post is a very well done youtube in a duet with Carol on piano, some lead vocals, and harmony.  No clue why this is in bold...yes I tried the usual methods to change it back a-hard-days-night-george-10 Also why these links didn't work right, but you should be able to click on them if you want.  It keeps the post from being huge anyway.  It's sort of folk/easy listening, easy listening is not my forte, but he is not your average 'easy listening' artist.  I was lucky enough to see him in 1990 in a small University basketball arena, 10th row or so.  Now he's playing full size ampitheaters.  Ok I've gone far enough off topic...
(Fire and Rain)
http://youtube.com/JOIo4lEpsPY
(You've Got a Friend) http://youtube.com/jHhjKQ8L_iU

 

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24 February 2014
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IveJustSeenAFaceo said
I think my dad has some of their CDs. Are they good? I've been trying to discover some stuff other than Beatles recently. (Which led to my recent Nirvana obsession) So I've been digging up a bunch of his CDs. I'll try them out.

If you are thinking of dipping your toe into some CCR, may I suggest their Singles Collection? It has all their most recognisable tracks, plus I think you can still get the version with a few music vids? All mostly in glorious mono too.

 

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27 February 2014
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The Beatles bassist said

1) Have You Ever Seen the Rain?

Do you guys all know that this song is about the Vietnam War?

To stray slightly off topic, are you guys familiar with 'The Band' (were Bob Dylan's touring band from 1966-1972 or so.  They had a drummer, Levon Helm, who also sang behind the drums often.  He also plays (if I remember right) mandolin and I think one other instrument.  If you've never seen the movie The Last Waltz, check it out sometime.  It's about their last concert and has many well known guest stars, the only ones I can think of offhand are Joni Mitchell (sp?) and Van Morisson (again, sp?).

I would recommend Fogerty's solo album, Greatest Hits or something...my mom has it and it's excellent, almost as good as CCR, but with a few less instruments, mainly Fogerty's guitar is all I'm pretty sure.

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28 February 2014
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IveJustSeenAFaceo
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Oyster Black Pearl said

IveJustSeenAFaceo said
I think my dad has some of their CDs. Are they good? I've been trying to discover some stuff other than Beatles recently. (Which led to my recent Nirvana obsession) So I've been digging up a bunch of his CDs. I'll try them out.

If you are thinking of dipping your toe into some CCR, may I suggest their Singles Collection? It has all their most recognisable tracks, plus I think you can still get the version with a few music vids? All mostly in glorious mono too.

 

Ah, problem there is that I hate Greatest Hits compilations. They just don't compare to albums for me. Any good album suggestions?

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28 February 2014
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ALL OF THEM!

Okay, okay... Green River and Cosmo's Factory are great places to start - they could almost pass for Greatest Hits albums (they have about five or six actual hit singles between them) but don't let that turn you off. Green River is admittedly a bit short in playing time (just under a half-hour) while Cosmo's makes up for it (possibly too much so), with a couple of jams that stretch to the 8 or 11-minute mark. Nearly as good is Willy & The Poorboys, which splits the difference between those other two (and was even released in between them timewise.)

Or if you're really adventurous, why not go for the trio of Poorboys, Green River, and Bayou Country, released in January, July and November of 1969 respectively!

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28 February 2014
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I'm such a fan of Creedence Clearwater Revival, I even (kinda) like their last album, "Mardi Gras," which was recorded as the band was disintegrating. If you think "Let It Be" is a dispirited mess, check out CCR's "Mardi Gras."

Bonus points for me: I live right near the Green River, name-checked in one of CCR's biggest hits. (OK, technically, it's not the Green River in the song, but still…) :)

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