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Album Review: Creedence Clearwater Revival – The Singles Collection

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The 1960s left a lasting legacy for many of today’s everyday societal functions. The decade brought a lot to the world from a progression in civil rights to sexual revolution, the iconic Woodstock Festival and the first band to sign up for the legendary 3 day gig, Californian 4 piece – Creedence Clearwater Revival.

CreedenceClearwaterRevivalSinglesCollectionA musical institute to millions the world over, CCR themselves brought to the world a catalogue of timeless and definitive hits. With a musical style encompassing rock and roll and swamp rock CCR have sold a staggering 26 million records in the States alone. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have remained a staple of worldwide radio airplay since their early beginnings with hits like Bad Moon Rising, Have You Ever Seen The Rain and Lookin’ Out My Back Door.

The latest singles package brings together a 2 CD set of CCRs best work. A collection of karaoke favourites and beer drinking jukebox anthems, this is a record for not only the die hard CCR followers but also for those with a general soft spot for quality songwriting and well crafted pieces of musical history.

The band consisting of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Foggerty, a legend in his own right, his brother and rhythm guitarist Tom Foggerty, drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook, capitalized on their late 60’s breakthrough and catapulted into the American supergroup status after churning out a range of gritty, confident Rock ‘n’ Roll gems – showcased in this collection.

With an original ‘dated’ yet mastered sound it is enough to bring out the hippie in anyone. This collection covers it all. Almost everyone will know these golden oldies. Down on the Corner gives the collection a pop dose of street corner swagger while rock n roller swinger Travelin’ Band gives the record a good ‘unapologetic’ Little Richard kick. Up Around The Bend is just pure genius while Who’ll Stop The Rain, equipped with the raw emotive vocals of John Foggerty with the bands backup for a mellow yet memorable swooning chorus line, make this one one of the bands most recognizable hits.

Going through the album I surprised myself with how many of these songs I knew from growing up hearing them on my parents dusty record player. A collection from one of the greatest bands of the last century and a winner of a greatest hits in my book.

Buy Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘The Singles Collection’ from Amazon