Saturday, February 18, 2017
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #562
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MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #562.191!
REISSUES OF THE WEEK: Creedence Clearwater Revival – The 50th Anniversary Editions: Creedence
Clearwater Revival; Bayou Country; Green River; Willy And The Poor Boys; Cosmo’s Factory; Pendulum (Fantasy) ::
All six of these watershed recordings are so timeless and transcendent that they defy definition. Not only do they make hackneyed
terms like “classic” and “essential” seem hopelessly inadequate, such pedestrian descriptions actually
diminish the pure heartfelt music contained in these grooves—and this hoodoo half dozen is fuelled by a chooglin’
groove unlike any other.
It’s no exaggeration
to say that in 1969 and 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival owned North America with what seemed to be a never-ending string
of superb, socially conscious hit singles. When I saw them in 1970 on their Cosmo’s Factory tour, John Fogerty,
clad in his signature checked flannel shirt, led the band through a blistering set that lasted a scant 40 minutes from start
to finish. I know because I actually timed them just to make sure that I got my five bucks’ worth and, boy, did I ever!
In that short time span, the guys played all of their hits and still had enough time to spare for extended throw-downs on
“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “Suzie Q.”
Now, the folks who ramrodded the resurrection of Stax records, Concord Music Group, have given us back another national
treasure trove of riches in far superior condition than they initially found it. The pristine restored sound quality stunningly
surpasses every previous digital version; the dozens of bonus studio outtakes and live tracks are truly revelatory; and the
insightful liner notes, by such knowledgeable veteran authors as Dave Marsh and Robert Christgau, tell you all you need to
know about how CCR managed to successfully straddle the ’60s and ’70s in a way that no other travelin’ band
But the real reason why you have to buy these six albums is to
hear the most exhilarating American music ever made—and to joyously rediscover why you love rock ’n’ roll
Be seeing you!