Growing up, we are all exposed to the music of our parents. I was fortunate to have partents who went through the 60’s Hippy Movement and picked up a wonderful taste in some of the best bands of their time. One of those bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival otherwise known as CCR.
Why This Album?
CCR was one of the bands my dad played on a regular basis. Along with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson and many others, John Fogerty’s voice was one that I could recognize from an early age and his songs were one’s I could sing along with from the moment I could speak.
For the longest time I was only familiar with them as a band, the fact that each song had albums they belonged to and that there were deeper cuts past the classics like Fortunate Son and Down on the Corner eluded me. However, when I got old enough I dug deeper into these albums and found that Willy and the Poor Boys had the perfect mix of hits and wonderful deep cuts that drove each track with an energy that just could not be beat.
If a decade had an actual sound, To me, this album is what the 60’s as a whole actually sounded like. There is something amazing about this album that has that upbeat hippy vibe coupled with the bluegrass twang. Between John Fogerty’s vocals, Tom Fogerty’s Rhythm guitar, Stu Cooks solid Bass lines and Doug Clifford’s driving Drums, Some call it Southern Rock, I just call it damn good music.
Cotton Fields: A cover of a classic Lead Belly song, This one has a great false harmony coupled with a steady beat. It reminds me of times just jamming out with my old band making up songs and having a good time. Ironically, the song is about remembering the ‘good times’ of your youth so I guess that is fitting.
Midnight Special: This one always reminds me of Twilight Zone The Movie. I loved that film and, despite learning of it’s production problems, it remains one of my favorites to this day. This track, a new arrangement of a traditional song, is by far one of my favorites.
Effigy: I can’t place it, but this one just resonates with me. It is a dark tale about an uprising and the locals burning effigy’s of the leadership. If I didn’t know better I would swear this was a Neil Young Song and, seeing that I love his work, that may be why I really like this track. Regardless, while it is a bit of a departure for CCR, it is really great.
Ok, Where do I get it?
Late to the Game 12/24/2019
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