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365 Days of Album Recommendations – Oct 18

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory


And here we come to #5, the last truly great CCR album … and what a “Great with a capital G” album it is!

You’d think at this point they’d be running out of steam, right? Nope! Instead, we get what is arguably the album that is more chock full of songwriting goodness than anything they’ve yet done!

Can it be possible that one album, one original album, could have this many killer tracks on it? Travelin’ Band? Lookin’ Out My Back Door?? Run Through The Jungle??? Up Around The Bend???? Who’ll Stop The Rain?????

That’s more greatness than most bands manage in an entire lifetime.

Plus, you get a killer cover of Bo Diddley’s Before You Accuse Me, and a possibly canonical cover of I Heard It Through The Grapevine!

Just a motherfucker of an album, to say the least …

365 Days of Album Recommendations – Oct 17

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy and the Poor Boys


Having already recommended Green River at an earlier point in the series, my current CCR kick then of necessity skips up to album #4, where we find the lads still churning out some of the greatest rock n’ roll ever produced. You’d think Green River would have left them with nowhere to go but significantly down—instead, we get another masterpiece, headlined by “Down on the Corner,” one of the all-time CCR greats.

The album also of course contains “Fortunate Son,” which rightly takes its place among the ranks of many an angry “protest” song, though it does so without a hint of dogmatism or self-righteousness.

Add to that one of my favorite CCR “covers” (Cotton Fields), and one of CCR’s eeriest songs (Effigy), and you have yet another amazing rock n’ roll record.

365 Days of Album Recommendations – Oct 16

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country


My CCR kick continues with the sophomore release. What else can be said but, what a leap forward! This is the beginning of one of the great songwriting runs of all time. Born on the Bayou and Proud Mary are of course timeless classics, and were immediately recognizable as such from the moment they arrived.

Mind you, some good deep tracks here as well, including the rather underrated Graveyard Train, and Keep on Chooglin’, which includes the following classic lyric:

Here comes Mary lookin’ for Harry
She gonna choogle tonight
Here comes Louie, works in the sewer
He gonna choogle tonight

CCR is pickin’ up serious steam by album #2, and about to hit warp levels …

365 Days of Album Recommendations – Oct 15

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival


Just finished reading “Fortunate Son” by John Fogerty, so am now on a full-blown CCR Bender. I already recommended “Green River” earlier in this series, but will know start at “the beginning” with the official debut of CCR.

Here, of course, we see many hints of things to come:

  • the overall CCR sound
  • CCR’s uncanny way with a cover tune
  • some killer songwriting

We also get some things we’ll see much less of later:

  • extended Fogerty guitar solos
  • less-than-perfect songwriting

All in all, a great debut, and the beginning of an incredible few years of rock n’ roll history.

365 Days of Album Recommendations – March 5

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River


If any band in history can have claimed for them the mantle of having “invented” “Americana,” then Creedence Clearwater Revival is probably one of the more likely candidates. Virtually every song they put down is a textbook example of the core Americana ingredients in action, and when you really start to count up the great tunes, it gets more and more remarkable as you go. Bad Moon Rising, Lodi, Green River, Who’ll Stop The Rain, Proud Mary, Born On The Bayou, Run Through The Jungle, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Long As I Can See The Light, Fortunate Son, Have You Ever Seen The Rain  … I mean, it’s pretty fucking ridiculous.

And in general, the ingredients are so straightforward. Some drums in 4/4 time. A bass playin’ the tonics. Some acoustic guitar, some electric guitar. A voice. A handful of simple chords. And some magic.

Obviously we could just pick a Greatest Hits, but it’s more fun to really understand the individual achievement of each album in its original form.

This one is rather astonishing for including not one, not two, but three totally classic songs, including my personal favorite CCR tune ever: Green River. Someday, when I grow up, I’m going to write a song this good. I’ve been trying to write these lyrics my whole life:

I can hear the bull frog callin’ me
Wonder if my rope’s still hangin’ to the tree
Love to kick my feet way down the shallow water,
Shoe fly, dragon fly, get back to mother
Pick up a flat rock, skip it across Green River

If you’re a songwriter, and you get lost, c’mon home to Green River. That’ll learn ya.


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