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Sunday, 5 July 2015

Rewind: 1968 Creedence Clearwater Revival Release Debut Album

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Released 5th July 1968
Fantasy 8382
Produced by Saul Zaentz
US Album Chart #52

Singles from the album
Suzie Q Pt1 / Suzie Q Pt2. US Chart #11


40th Anniversary Edition with Bonus Tracks

Original Track listing
All songs written by John Fogerty, except where noted.

Side one
    1. "I Put a Spell on You" (Screamin' Jay Hawkins) – 4:33
    2. "The Working Man" – 3:04
    3. "Susie Q." (Eleanor Broadwater, Dale Hawkins, Stanley Lewis) – 8:37
        Recorded January 19, 1968.

Side two
    1. "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)" (Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Wilson Pickett) – 3:39
    2. "Get Down Woman" – 3:09
    3. "Porterville" – 2:24
       
Recorded October 1967. Initially released as a single in November 1967. It was the last single that the band released as The Golliwogs.
    4. "Gloomy" – 3:51
    5. "Walk on the Water" (John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty) – 4:40
       
This track is a remake of "Walking on the Water", a recording released by the band as a single, in 1966, while they were still known as The Golliwogs.


Personnel
    John Fogerty - lead guitar, lead vocals
    Tom Fogerty - rhythm guitar, backing and co-lead (3) vocals
    Stu Cook - bass guitar
    Doug Clifford - drums

Despite being formed in California CCR played a real Southern Rock Style of Rock and Roll.

In 1966 John Fogerty and Doug Clifford were enlisted into the Military Service. Fogerty went to The Army Reserve and Clifford to the United States Coast Guard Reserve. By 1968 they had been discharged and the other members had quit their day jobs to begin an intense period of rehearsal and playing in the clubs full time.

The little bit of success following the release of the debut album and also of the single Suzi Q laid the groundwork for what was to follow in the life of CCR. Hit albums and singles and not just in their own land but in Europe as well (In the UK in 1969 their single Bad Moon Rising would be #1 and in 1970 their exceptional album Cosmos Factory would be a #1 also in the UK).
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