Although purists may say that key tunes were left off of this helping of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Chronicle, Vol. 1," most casual fans will be well pleased with purchasing this album. It includes the bulk of the major hits for CCR. Their gritty, country-fried blues-rock is deep-seated into American culture. Their songs sound as fresh and intense today as they did when these tunes were initially released.
This is backwoods, bayou music best appreciated by fans of Southern rock and blues. John Fogerty and company sound great on songs like the voodoo-tinged "I Put A Spell On You" and the straight-ahead rocker "Fortunate Son." Casual fans will easily pick up most of these songs, especially "Proud Mary," "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," and "Up Around The Bend." My personal favorite, "Bad Moon Rising," is also on this disc.
For folks who are only familiar with a few of their songs, "Chronicle, Vol: 1" is a great starting point for further exploration. Hardcore fans may miss songs like "Born on the Bayou," but that one, along with many others, can be found on the second "Chronicle" volume.
Overall, this is an excellent disc for both new listeners and longtime fans. I highly recommend it.
If you want a quick smattering of this all time great band, grab this record at once! Almost all of these songs are true classics. I started with this one and was so impressed that I collected all their original recordings. The music is a good blend of Americana music at its best between the late sixties and early seventies. I prefer the eleven minute version of "Grapevine" from Cosmos Factory and don't care for Hey Tonight too much but otherwise this is as close to perfect as you can get.
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Few bands of the 1960s retained as much a sense of the roots of rock and roll as did Creedence Clearwater Revival. Their music is rife with country, rockabilly, and R&B influences, a combination that produced several hit singles--most of which are present on this collection. These include "I Heard It through the Grapevine," "Lodi," "Up Around the B ," "Who'll Stop the Rain," and of course "Bad Moon Rising." This is an excellent greatest-hits collection, and a perfect introduction to the music of a band that has been enduringly influential.--Genevieve Williams