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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) [SACD 2002] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968) [SACD 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 1,38 GB
SACD-ISO PS3 Rip to FLAC 2.0 | 24 bit / 88,2 kHz | 33:33 min | Scans included | 653 MB
Analogue Productions # CAPJ 8382 SA

Credence Clearwater Revival was the eponymous debut album by the American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival and was originally released on July 5, 1968. The album featured a number of covers, including “Susie Q”, which became a hit. Although the band initially struggled to achieve recognition by critics, they would eventually go on to become one of the most well-known and beloved American rock bands of the 1960s and ’70s.

Released in the summer of 1968 — a year after the summer of love, but still in the thick of the Age of Aquarius – Creedence Clearwater Revival’s self-titled debut album was gloriously out-of-step with the times, teeming with John Fogerty’s Americana fascinations. While many of Fogerty’s obsessions and CCR’s signatures are in place — weird blues (“I Put a Spell on You”), Stax R&B (Wilson Pickett’s “Ninety-Nine and a Half”), rockabilly (“Susie Q”), winding instrumental interplay, the swamp sound, and songs for “The Working Man” — the band was still finding their way. Out of all their records (discounting Mardi Gras), this is the one that sounds the most like its era, thanks to the wordless vocal harmonies toward the end of “Susie Q,” the backward guitars on “Gloomy,” and the directionless, awkward jamming that concludes “Walking on the Water.” Still, the band’s sound is vibrant, with gutsy arrangements that borrow equally from Sun, Stax, and the swamp. Fogerty’s songwriting is a little tentative. Not for nothing were two of the three singles pulled from the album covers (Dale Hawkins’ “Susie Q,” Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You”) — he wasn’t an accomplished tunesmith yet. Though “The Working Man” isn’t bad, the true exception is that third single, “Porterville,” an exceptional song with great hooks, an underlying sense of menace, and the first inkling of the working-class rage that fueled such landmarks as “Fortunate Son.” It’s the song that points the way to the breakthrough of Bayou Country, but the rest of the album shouldn’t be dismissed, because judged simply against the rock & roll of its time, it rises above its peers.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country (1969) [SACD 2002] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country (1969) [SACD 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 1,37 GB
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Analogue Productions # CAPJ 8387 SA

Bayou Country is not hte only album that defined the sound of Creedence, it was the band’s first masterpiece. In a single, bold stroke, it announced Creedence Clearwater as a bright, vital force in rock and staked a place for what was yet to come.

Opening slowly with the dark, swampy “Born on the Bayou,” Bayou Country reveals an assured Creedence Clearwater Revival, a band that has found its voice between their first and second album. It’s not just that “Born on the Bayou” announces that CCR has discovered its sound — it reveals the extent of John Fogerty’s myth-making. With this song, he sketches out his persona; it makes him sound as if he crawled out of the backwoods of Louisiana instead of being a native San Franciscan. He carries this illusion throughout the record, through the ominous meanderings of “Graveyard Train” through the stoked cover of “Good Golly Miss Molly” to “Keep on Chooglin’,” which rides out a southern-fried groove for nearly eight minutes. At the heart of Bayou Country, as well as Fogerty’s myth and Creedence’s entire career, is “Proud Mary.” A riverboat tale where the narrator leaves a good job in the city for a life rolling down the river, the song is filled with details that ring so true that it feels autobiographical. The lyric is married to music that is utterly unique yet curiously timeless, blending rockabilly, country, and Stax R&B into something utterly distinctive and addictive. “Proud Mary” is the emotional fulcrum at the center of Fogerty’s seductive imaginary Americana, and while it’s the best song here, his other songs are no slouch, either. “Born on the Bayou” is a magnificent piece of swamp-rock, “Penthouse Pauper” is a first-rate rocker with the angry undertow apparent on “Porterville” and “Bootleg” is a minor masterpiece, thanks to its tough acoustic foundation, sterling guitar work, and clever story. All the songs add up to a superb statement of purpose, a record that captures Creedence Clearwater Revival’s muscular, spare, deceptively simple sound as an evocative portrait of America.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969) [SACD 2002] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969) [SACD 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 1,19 GB
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Analogue Productions # CAPJ 8393 SA

Released in August 1969, a month before Woodstock, Green River is utterly of its time, a throwback to early rock’n’roll, and a visionary work that imagines the world yet to come. The album has to be of its time, because with a string of remarkable hits, Creedence Clearwater Revival helped shape its era. The singles here “Green River,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Lodi,” and “Commotion” define the everyday quality of the band’s music, the melodies and rhythms you seem to have known forever before you’ve heard them all the way through once.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy And The Poorboys (1969) [SACD 2002] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy And The Poorboys (1969) [SACD 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 1,41 GB
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Analogue Productions # CAPJ 8397 SA

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s fourth album, shows a band in the full flush of success, following two albums that had spent over a year on the charts (as this one would do), and powered by two hit singles, one of which would become an anthem for its times. The album came out when Creedence, surely the most anomalouss band in the “San Francisco” explosion of the late Sixties, was also proving to be the most commercial and most reliable seller of them all.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970) [SACD 2002] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970) [SACD 2002]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 1,73 GB
SACD-ISO PS3 Rip to FLAC 2.0 | 24 bit / 88,2 kHz | 42:53 min | Scans included | 857 MB
Analogue Productions # CAPJ 8402 SA

Cosmo’s Factory was the fourth, biggest, and best of the astonishing string of five Top Ten albums Creedence Clearwater Revival released in 1969 and 1970. It went on sale in August 1970, well after two of its tracks had stormed the radio—the No. 2 “Travelin’ Band”/”Who’ll Stop the Rain,” which began its parabola in January, and the No. 4 “Up Around the Bend,” released in April. But as Fantasy most certainly knew, there was a third hit in its grooves, the transcendent “Lookin’ Out My Back Door”—the fifth and last No. 2 lead single for the preeminent pop phenomenon of its brief era, which never had a No. 1—and the album rode all four beloved songs to nine weeks atop Billboard’s album chart.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum (1970) [SACD 2003] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Pendulum (1970) [SACD 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 1,68 GB
SACD-ISO PS3 Rip to FLAC 2.0 | 24 bit / 88,2 kHz | 41:30 min | Scans included | 806 MB
Analogue Productions # CAPP 8410 SA

During 1969 and 1970, CCR was dismissed by hipsters as a bubblegum pop band and the sniping had grown intolerable, at least to John Fogerty, who designed Pendulum as a rebuke to critics. He spent time polishing the production, bringing in keyboards, horns, even a vocal choir. His songs became self-consciously serious and tighter, working with the aesthetic of the rock underground — Pendulum was constructed as a proper album, contrasting dramatically with CCR’s previous records, all throwbacks to joyous early rock records where covers sat nicely next to hits and overlooked gems tucked away at the end of the second side. To some fans of classic CCR, this approach may feel a little odd since only “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” and maybe its B-side “Hey Tonight” sound undeniably like prime Creedence. But, given time, the album is a real grower, revealing many overlooked Fogerty gems. Yes, it isn’t transcendent like the albums they made from Bayou Country through Cosmo’s Factory, but most bands never even come close to that kind of hot streak. Instead, Pendulum finds a first-class songwriter and craftsman pushing himself and his band to try new sounds, styles, and textures. His ambition results in a stumble — “Rude Awakening 2″ portentously teeters on the verge of prog-rock, something CCR just can’t pull off — but the rest of the record is excellent, with such great numbers as the bluesy groove “Pagan Baby,” the soulful vamp “Chameleon,” the moody “It’s Just a Thought,” and the raver “Molina.” Most bands would kill for this to be their best stuff, and the fact that it’s tucked away on an album that even some fans forget illustrates what a tremendous band Creedence Clearwater Revival was.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – The Concert (1970) [SACD 2003] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Creedence Clearwater Revival – The Concert (1970) [SACD 2003] 
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 1,99 GB
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Fantasy Inc. / Concord Records Group # FSA-4501-6

The Concert is the second live album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records in October 1980. The album was recorded at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on January 31, 1970.

Originally the album was mistakenly titled The Royal Albert Hall Concert. Only later was it discovered that it was not recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, it was duly renamed for later reissues.

The album reached #62 on the Billboard 200 in 1981. The album achieved gold status (500,000 units sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America on February 27, 1986 and made platinum status (1,000,000 units sold) on September 30, 1996.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Mardi Gras (1972) [SACD 2003] {SACD-R + FLAC 24-88.2}

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Mardi Gras (1972) [SACD 2003]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans included | 1,14 GB
SACD-ISO PS3 Rip to FLAC 2.0 | 24 bit / 88,2 kHz | 28:27 min | Scans included | 560 MB
Analogue Productions # CAPJ 9404 SA

Mardi Gras is the final album by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Recorded in the spring of 1971 and January of 1972, the album was released on April 11, 1972. The group disbanded after the album was released. By the time the album was recorded, Tom Fogerty had left the group due to disputes over his desire to play a more creative role in writing material. Mardi Gras featured songs written and performed by the remaining three members of CCR; Doug Clifford and Stu Cook each wrote and sang the lead vocals on three songs. This was a departure from CCR’s previous albums, for which John Fogerty had written and sung lead vocals on almost all songs.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle (1976/2011) [HDTracks 24-96]

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle (1976/2001)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 67:51 minutes | 1,43 GB | Genre: Rock
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Chronicle, Vol. 1 contains every one of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original 19 hit singles — including “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River,” “Down on the Corner,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Up Around the Band,” and “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” — plus “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” which became a hit at the same time this double-record compilation was released. It’s a lean, concise collection that tells you everything you need to know about Creedence. Several of the band’s individual albums are essential, but Chronicle is not only an excellent introduction to the group, it offers definitive proof that the group was one of the definitive singles’ bands of the late ’60s. Rarely has a greatest- hits collection been so well-assembled.

Chronicle, Vol.1 is the certified multi-platinum compilation album of the greatest hits from one of the most legendary American rock bands ever. Fusing together sounds of rockabilly, pop, R&B and country, the collection features twenty classic singles from the group, including eight consecutive gold singles “Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River,” “Down on the Corner,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Up Around the Bend,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” and “Have You ever Seen the Rain?” Featured on Rolling Stone’s greatest 100 artists of all time, this well compiled album showcases the group’s most iconic recordings.
CCR had the gift for writing hits. This collection of their greatest contains nary a dull moment. CCR managed to achieve eight consecutive gold singles: (“Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River,” “Down on the Corner,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Up Around the Bend,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”) all of which are contained in this newly remastered version.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival ‎- Live In Europe (1973) [1st US Pressing, 2LP] {Vinyl Rip 24-96}

Creedence Clearwater Revival ‎- Live In Europe
Label: Fantasy/CCR-1 | Released: 1973 | Genre: Classic-Rock
Vinyl | LP Cover (1:1) | FLAC | 24bit/96kHz

The critics despised this live recording (poor sound, flat, etc). Since I am not critical (thank God), but a simple listener and -of course- I have another perspective. This double LP I heard when I was 10 years old with my older brother, although that Tom Fogerty left the group, John has no problem in meeting the lack of the second guitar.
There memorable versions of songs like “Lodi”, “Fortunate Son”, “Hey Tonight”, etc, etc.
For me this is an excellent LP, a fundamental part of the CCR discography. 5 stars (oh yeah!).
Ps.: I am a romantic and I like this poor sound but genuine, like Woodstock. Yes, good memories.

Fran Solo, MMXIV

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