John Fogerty & Creedence In One Package

Friday, 01 November 2013 07:13 AM Written by 

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Scott Mervis ran a first-rate interview with John Fogerty in yesterday's PG.   As is typical with Scott, he did excellent prep and drew some excellent insight from Fogerty, who appears tomorrow night at California State University's Cal U Convention Center on Tuesday.

There've been a multitude of Creedence packages over the years on vinyl and CD, not to mention downloads and the odd CD bootleg of live and TV appearances here and there. November 11, Fantasy will release a new, definitive six-disc, 121 track box set titled, simply, Creedence Clearwater Revival, a re-release of a box originally issued in 2001. There are some packaging differences, primarily, the new set package to look like the band's old Kustom (a brand, not an adjective) amplifiers.

It's made up of every CCR album from their first session for Fantasy in 1967 until their acrimonious 1973 breakup. The first five in particular established their reputation: Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, Cosmo's Factory, Pendulum, and Mardi Gras.

The albums contain all the CCR standards, the remake of Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q," and Fogerty originals "Born on the Bayou," "Proud Mary," "Green River," "Fortunate Son," "Who'll Stop The Rain" and "Willy And the Poor Boys" and the rest.  

The two live albums that round out the set are The Concert and Live in Europe. Issued in 1980, Concert was recorded at a 1970 Oakland Coliseum performance. Europe documented their 1971 European tour as a trio. Tom Fogerty had left the band by then.

Another disc is a 25 track "prequel," featuring tracks by Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets, a band John's brother Tom fronted in 1961, and their pre-Creedence band the Golliwogs. There's a CD-size book of essays and various rare photos.

For most Fogerty fans, this stuff is familiar, and they probably have most or all of it. But for newer fans or those who don't have everything, it's a convenient way to have their entire official output and then some in one spot. It was clear to many 25 years ago, clearer than ever now, whether he was born on the bayous of the Bay Area or not, that Fogerty was a fountainhead, who synthesized much of what is known today as roots music and left an indelible imprint on country rock and country music that endures today.

As Scott says in the interview, it was Americana long before that word existed.

See for yourself, as I did at the 1969 Atlantic City Pop Festival:

"Born On The Bayou" from Woodstock, 1969, shortly after AC.

Complete concert: Royal Albert Hall: 1970.  

 

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