Creedence Clearwater Revival [Box Set]

Performers Creedence Clearwater Revival

Fantasy | November 19, 2013 | Compact Disc

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In 2000, Fantasy finally treated the Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog with the respect it deserved, remastering the entire catalog and issuing them in lavish editions with rich liner notes and slipcases. So, when they decided to release a "complete recorded works" box set a year later, the results weren't quite as revelatory as they may have been, since even if this was remastered again, it's hard for most listeners to notice the difference between this and the previous material, and all the liner notes -- from such luminaries as Dave Marsh, Ben Fong-Torres, Ed Ward, Stanley Booth, and Robert Christgau -- are printed as the liners here, meaning that for the hardcore who bought the whole catalog a year before, this is almost anti-climatic. That is the operative word here, since there is one thing that makes this set essential for the fanatics, even if they bought the remasters, and that's the first disc, which contains all known pre-CCR recordings by the Golliwogs and Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets. These aren't really stunning recordings; they're very much within the style and sound of the time, borrowing from Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Beach Boys, all twisted to something much sweeter than what CCR came to be known for. This may not be as musically satisfying as the other five discs -- which, after all, comprise perhaps the greatest body of work by an American rock band -- but it's necessary for any true fan, since this stuff is not only rare, but there's a lot of stuff that hasn't even been bootlegged, particularly on the Golliwogs' material on the first disc. But this box really kicks into full gear on the second disc, with the rare single "Call It Pretending" -- a dynamite slice of Stax-styled R&B rock -- before heading into that remarkable set of albums, running through each album in order, with only a promotional single to break up the flow of the albums (each record is presented uninterrupted except for Pendulum, which is split between two discs: nine cuts on one disc, two on another), before it winds up with the two live albums (including cuts that didn't make it on The Concert). Again, this extra material isn't essential for anyone but collectors (with the exception of "Call It Pretending"), but the music is so good that anybody looking to get everything the great American rock & roll band recorded in one fell swoop would be encouraged to take this route. After all, after you memorize the proper albums, the live cuts and pre-CCR material will be necessary. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 19, 2013

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 6

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Mixed

Originally Released: 2001

Label Name: Fantasy

UPC: 025218443425

Found in: Oldies

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Creedence Clearwater Revival [Box Set]

Creedence Clearwater Revival [Box Set]

Performers Creedence Clearwater Revival

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: November 19, 2013

Genre: Rock 'N' Roll

Style: Oldies

Number of Discs: 6

Stereo/Mono: Stereo

Studio/Mixed/Live: Mixed

Originally Released: 2001

Label Name: Fantasy

UPC: 025218443425


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: 1961-1967 PRE-CREEDENCE: --
1.Come On Baby --
2.Oh My Love --
3.Have You Ever Been Lonely --
4.Bonita --
5.Don't Tell Me No Lies --
6.Little Girl (Does Your Momma Know) --
7.Where You Been --
8.You Came Walking --
9.You Can't Be True - (1st Version) --
10.You Got Nothin' On Me --
11.I Only Met You Just An Hour Ago --
12.Brown-Eyed Girl --
13.You Better Be Careful --
14.Fight Fire --
15.Fragile Child --
16.She Was Mine --
17.Gonna Hang Around --
18.Try Try Try --
19.Instrumental #1 --
20.Little Tina --
21.Walking On The Water --
22.You Better Get It Before It Gets You --
23.Tell Me --
24.You Can't Be True - (2nd Version) --
25.Action USA Promotional Spot --
0.DISC 2: 1967-1969: --
1.Call It Pretending --
2.I Put A Spell On You --
3.Working Man, The --
4.Susie Q --
5.Ninety-Nine And A Half --
6.Get Down Woman --
7.Porterville --
8.Gloomy --
9.Walk On The Water --
10.Born On The Bayou --
11.Bootleg --
12.Graveyard Train --
13.Good Golly Miss Molly --
14.Penthouse Pauper --
15.Proud Mary --
16.Keep On Chooglin' --
0.DISC 3: 1969: --
1.Green River --
2.Commotion --
3.Tombstone Shadow --
4.Wrote A Song For Everyone --
5.Bad Moon Rising --
6.Lodi --
7.Cross-Tie Walker --
8.Sinister Purpose --
9.Night Time Is The Right Time, The --
10.Down On The Corner --
11.It Came Out Of The Sky --
12.Cotton Fields --
13.Poorboy Shuffle --
14.Feelin' Blue --
15.Fortunate Son --
16.Don't Look Now --
17.Midnight Special, The --
18.Side Of The Road --
19.Effigy --
0.DISC 4: 1970: --
1.Ramble Tamble --
2.Before You Accuse Me --
3.Travelin' Band --
4.Ooby Dooby --
5.Lookin' Out My Back Door --
6.Run Through The Jungle --
7.Up Around The Bend --
8.My Baby Left Me --
9.Who'll Stop The Rain --
10.I Heard It Through The Grapevine --
11.Long As I Can See The Light --
12.Pagan Baby --
13.Sailor's Lament --
14.Chameleon --
15.Have You Ever Seen The Rain? --
16.Hideaway, (Wish I Could) --
17.Born To Move --
18.Hey Tonight --
19.It's Just A Thought --
0.DISC 5: 1970 (STUDIO & LIVE), 1972: --
1.Molina --
2.Rude Awakening #2 --
3.45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 1) --
4.45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 2) --
5.Lookin' For A Reason --
6.Take It Like A Friend --
7.Need Someone To Hold --
8.Tearin' Up The Country --
9.Someday Never Comes --
10.What Are You Gonna Do --
11.Sail Away --
12.Hello Mary Lou --
13.Door To Door --
14.Sweet Hitch-Hiker --
15.Born On The Bayou --
16.Green River --
17.Tombstone Shadow --
18.Don't Look Now --
19.Travelin' Band --
20.Who'll Stop The Rain --
21.Bad Moon Rising --
22.Proud Mary --
23.Fortunate Son --
24.Commotion --
0.DISC 6: 1970-1971 (LIVE): --
1.Midnight Special, The --
2.Night Time Is The Right Time, The --
3.Down On The Corner --
4.Keep On Chooglin' --
5.Born On The Bayou --
6.Green River / Susie Q --
7.It Came Out Of The Sky --
8.Door To Door --
9.Travelin' Band --
10.Fortunate Son --
11.Commotion --
12.Lodi --
13.Bad Moon Rising --
14.Proud Mary --
15.Up Around The Bend --
16.Hey Tonight --
17.Sweet Hitch-Hiker --
18.Keep On Chooglin' --

Editorial Notes

In 2000, Fantasy finally treated the Creedence Clearwater Revival catalog with the respect it deserved, remastering the entire catalog and issuing them in lavish editions with rich liner notes and slipcases. So, when they decided to release a "complete recorded works" box set a year later, the results weren't quite as revelatory as they may have been, since even if this was remastered again, it's hard for most listeners to notice the difference between this and the previous material, and all the liner notes -- from such luminaries as Dave Marsh, Ben Fong-Torres, Ed Ward, Stanley Booth, and Robert Christgau -- are printed as the liners here, meaning that for the hardcore who bought the whole catalog a year before, this is almost anti-climatic. That is the operative word here, since there is one thing that makes this set essential for the fanatics, even if they bought the remasters, and that's the first disc, which contains all known pre-CCR recordings by the Golliwogs and Tommy Fogerty & the Blue Velvets. These aren't really stunning recordings; they're very much within the style and sound of the time, borrowing from Richie Valens, Buddy Holly, and the Beach Boys, all twisted to something much sweeter than what CCR came to be known for. This may not be as musically satisfying as the other five discs -- which, after all, comprise perhaps the greatest body of work by an American rock band -- but it's necessary for any true fan, since this stuff is not only rare, but there's a lot of stuff that hasn't even been bootlegged, particularly on the Golliwogs' material on the first disc. But this box really kicks into full gear on the second disc, with the rare single "Call It Pretending" -- a dynamite slice of Stax-styled R&B rock -- before heading into that remarkable set of albums, running through each album in order, with only a promotional single to break up the flow of the albums (each record is presented uninterrupted except for Pendulum, which is split between two discs: nine cuts on one disc, two on another), before it winds up with the two live albums (including cuts that didn't make it on The Concert). Again, this extra material isn't essential for anyone but collectors (with the exception of "Call It Pretending"), but the music is so good that anybody looking to get everything the great American rock & roll band recorded in one fell swoop would be encouraged to take this route. After all, after you memorize the proper albums, the live cuts and pre-CCR material will be necessary. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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