Wednesday, February 10, 2016


I just ran into the clip below of Creedence playing "Born on the Bayou" at Woodstock, in 1969. It caught me off guard. Having followed John Fogerty throughout most of his career, my impression includes many post-Creedence moments that taint my opinion. I can be overly harsh. Tonight I must have left my cynicism in the can because I thoroughly enjoyed the clip. This I know, Creedence was a great band, particularly their first five albums. It's not that big of a stretch to consider them in the running for the American version of the Stones. That is, of course, without the flash, hot chicks or drugs.

"Penthouse Pauper" is one of the shorter songs on Bayou Country (which also contained "Born on the Bayou"). That one manages to feel like an extended jam in just three and a half minutes. "Ramble Tamble" was the first song on the first LP I ever bought, Cosmo's Factory. Fuck me, my twelve year old mind is still trying to wrap itself around that one. Try going from top 40 to that. One of my most memorable leaps. An all-time segue. "My Baby Left Me" is one of several covers from the same LP. That's another thing, they always chose good covers and always managed to make them sound like Creedence songs.

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Penthouse Pauper mp3
at The Adios Lounge
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Ramble Tamble mp3 at The Adios Lounge
Creedence Clearwater Revival - My Baby Left Me mp3 at The Adios Lounge
The Great(est) American Rock 'n'Roll Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival
at The Adios Lounge More deepish cuts and an excellent profile.

1 comment:

Peter Tibbles said...

You are a young person – twelve years old when you bought Cosmo's Factory. At least you had taste at that age. I bought my first album at thirteen (I was a late starter); it was The Buddy Holly Story just after he died. I had a couple of 45s of his before he took that fateful flight. Creedence were a great band, not too far behind the best of the lot, The Band.