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Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968)

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968)

Tracklist front / back album covers

Side one
1. "I Put a Spell on You"   4:30
2. "The Working Man"   3:03
3. "Susie Q"   8:35

Side two
1. "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)"   3:36
2. "Get Down Woman"   3:08
3. "Porterville" (recorded October 1967, initially released as a single in November 1967, the last single the band released as The Golliwogs)   2:19
4. "Gloomy"   3:48
5. "Walk on the Water" (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)   4:35

Creedence Clearwater Revival Band Members / Musicians

John Fogerty – lead guitar, lead vocals, tambourine, maracas, wind-up toys

Tom Fogerty – rhythm guitar, backing and co-lead vocals on "Suzie Q"

Stu Cook – bass guitar, backing vocals

Doug Clifford – drums, backing vocals

Creedence Clearwater Revival is the debut studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released on May 28, 1968. Featuring the band's first hit single, "Susie Q", which reached number 11 in the US charts, it was recorded shortly after the band changed its name from the Golliwogs and began developing a signature swamp rock sound.

Creedence Clearwater Revival, also referred to as Creedence and CCR, was an American rock band formed in El Cerrito, California. The band initially consisted of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty; his brother, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty; bassist Stu Cook; and drummer Doug Clifford. These members had played together since 1959, first as the Blue Velvets and later as the Golliwogs, before settling on the Creedence Clearwater Revival name in 1967.

CCR's musical style encompassed roots rock, swamp rock, blues rock, Southern rock, country rock, and blue-eyed soul. Belying their origins in the East Bay subregion of the San Francisco Bay Area, the band often played in a Southern rock style, with lyrics about bayous, catfish, the Mississippi River and other elements of Southern United States iconography. The band's songs rarely dealt with romantic love, concentrating instead on political and socially conscious lyrics about topics such as the Vietnam War. The band performed at the 1969 Woodstock festival in Upstate New York, and was the first major act signed to appear there.

CCR disbanded acrimoniously in late 1972 after four years of chart-topping success. Tom Fogerty had officially left the previous year, and John was at odds with the remaining members over matters of business and artistic control, all of which resulted in subsequent lawsuits among the former bandmates. Fogerty's ongoing disagreements with Fantasy Records owner Saul Zaentz created further protracted court battles, and John Fogerty refused to perform with the two other surviving members at Creedence's 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though the band has never officially reunited, John Fogerty continues to perform CCR songs as part of his solo act, while Cook and Clifford have performed as Creedence Clearwater Revisited since the 1990s.

CCR's music is still a staple of U.S. classic rock radio airplay; 28 million CCR records have been sold in the U.S. alone. The compilation album Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits, originally released in 1976, is still on the Billboard 200 album chart and reached the 500-weeks mark in December 2020. It has been awarded 10× platinum.

Creedence Clearwater Revival Band Members / Musicians

Doug Clifford – drums, percussion, backing and occasional lead vocals (1959–1972)

Stu Cook – bass guitar, backing and occasional lead vocals, keyboards (1959–1972)

John Fogerty – lead vocals, lead guitar, keyboards, harmonica, saxophone (1959–1972)

Tom Fogerty – rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals (1960–1971; died 1990)

Creedence Clearwater Revival Discography Full

Studio albums
1968 Creedence Clearwater Revival
1969 Bayou Country
1969 Green River
1969 Willy and the Poor Boys
1970 Cosmo's Factory
1970 Pendulum
1972 Mardi Gras

Live albums
1973 Live in Europe
1980 The Concert
1998 Recollection
2019 Live at Woodstock

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