Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (1970)

Creedence Clearwater Revival (often abbreviated as CCR) were a popular American rock band active from the late 60s to early 70s.

1969 had been a massively successful year for Creedence Clearwater Revival, as they had released three Top 10 albums, three #2 hit singles and a #3, and had played the Woodstock festival. They had become one of the most distinctive voices of American popular music, their down-to-earth roots-rock providing a welcome alternative to the psychedelic sounds so prevalent in the late 60s.
They began the new decade with yet another #2 hit - “Travelling Band” b/w “Who’ll Stop The Rain”. This was then followed by “Up Around The Bend” b/w “Run Through The Jungle”, which got to #4. They then went on their first European tour. Their fifth album, Cosmo’s Factory, came out in the summer of 1970, featuring both hit singles, plus another (“Looking Out My Back Door”), which again made it to #2 (by now they had scored five #2 singles but strangely hadn’t yet got to #1 on the Billboard Top 100).
The album itself was more classic CCR, though it broadened their palette somewhat as John Fogerty contributed not just guitar and harmonica but also dobro, piano and saxophone. Besides the singles and their b-sides, it had covers of Roy Orbison’s “Ooby Dooby” , Arthur Crudup’s “My Baby Left Me”, Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me” and Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (the latter turned into an epic 10-minute jam, one of the band’s best ever performances).
It turned out to be their second #1 album, and is generally considered to be one of their best (or at least the one with the highest concentration of well-known songs).

Willy & The Poor Boys (1969) <|> Pendulum (1970)
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Anonymous said...


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Any chance of you posting Tom Fogerty - Excalibur? Would love to hear it!


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