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Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection

4 Ratings: 4.8
2009 2 CD + DVD collection

Creedence Clearwater Revival's golden era of hit singles (fall of 1968 through spring of 1972) rivals that of any band in rock 'n' roll history. The Southern-flavored quartet from El Cerrito, Calif., turned out 17 hits in a 44-month stretch, nine of … see full wiki

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This 2009 release is the finest CCR collection ever issued.

  • Nov 9, 2009
Recently PBS presented another edition of its Emmy Award-winning series "Live By Request".   On this night the special guest star was was lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Creedence Clearwater Revival John Fogerty.  John is 64 years old now but the man proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that he can still rock and roll with the best of 'em.  Perhaps by coincidence (probably not) Fantasy records has just issued a marvelous new collection of all of the singles ever released by Creedence Clearwater Revival during their brief four year chart run. "Creedence Clearwater Revival:  The Singles Collection" offers up a total of 30 memorable tunes a few of which you may never had heard and a few bonus goodies to boot.   The folks at Fantasy have certainly put together one terrific package here. 

The group that would one day come to be known as Creedence Clearwater Revival was formed by four high school students in El Cerrito, California back in 1959.  When they signed with Fantasy in 1964 they billed themselves as The Golliwogs.  What sets "The Singles Collection" apart from other CCR anthologies released in the past is that you will find three of these early Golliwogs songs included here.  Check out "Porterville"  "Walking On the Water" and "Call It Pretending" for a hint of the greatness that was yet to come.  The boys re-branded themselves as Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968 and reissued an old Golliwogs 45 "Porterville" b/w Call It Pretending" but still the record went nowhere.  Finally in the fall of '68 CCR hit the charts for the very first time with a re-make of the old Dale Hawkins tune "Suzie-Q".  The song peaked at #11 nationwide and CCR was off and running.  Over the next three years there was hardly a time when Creedence Clearwater Revival did not boast a Top Ten tune.   And you will find each and every one of these great hits included in "The Singles Collection".

This comprehensive collection includes all of the big hits you would remember from the radio most of which are presented for the first time on CD in their original "mono" mix.  Who will ever forget  monster hits like "Proud Mary", "Bad Moon Rising" and "Green River".  Personally I am partial to a few of the groups lesser known but equally compelling tunes like "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" and most especially the groups amazing double-sided hit "Up Around The Bend" b/w "Run Through the Jungle" from 1970.  Other than The Beatles and Elvis, CCR was one of the few acts that managed to have multiple double-sided hit records which was a remarkable achievement in those days.  This is rock and roll at its very best and these tunes sound just as fresh and vital today as they did when they were first released some four decades ago.

"Creedence Clearwater Revival:  The Singles Collection" also offers a number of "extras' that collectors like myself will really appreciate.   There is a "bonus" DVD video featuring four fabulous CCR videos and a neat poster spolighting all of the groups 45 rpm picture sleeves.  Very nice!  In addition there is a great 16 page booklet with lots of information on the band and the tracks in this collection.  The record company has outdone itself with this one.  Meanwhile, John Fogerty is back out on the road playing the old Creedence tunes once again.  If you have never owned a collection of CCR or a looking to upgrade an old one this is definitely this one you want.  It is one of those "essential" collections!    Very highly recommended! 
The finest CCR collection ever issued. The finest CCR collection ever issued. The finest CCR collection ever issued. The finest CCR collection ever issued.

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November 09, 2009
I have to go buy this CD now! Thanks for the review!
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Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection
Label: Fantasy
Genre: Rock, Oldies
Release Date: November 3, 2009

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