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Creedence Clearwater Revival were a late-‘60s AM-radio hit-making juggernaut who earned their stripes as a hard-working bar band, so it’s no surprise to hear them at the height of their powers live in concert. This performance from January 31, 1970 at the Oakland Coliseum, California, presents the hits (“Proud Mary,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Down On the Corner”), the rockers (“Green River,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Fortunate Son”) and the swamp blues (“Born On the Bayou,” “Tombstone Shadow,” “Keep On Chooglin’”) that made CCR the surefire Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band that they are. Fueled by the crowd and his natural adrenaline, singer John Fogerty delivers the lyrics with an extra bite and the two guitars twist through the songs with pure menace. The pace is accelerated, predating punk but recalling the pure energy of a rockabilly ensemble. The country inflections of “Don’t Look Now” and the nod to the blues with the old folk classic popularized by Leadbelly “The Midnight Special” display even more of the band’s ever-present musical roots.

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Creedence live on their home turf in 1970

After reissuing bonus-track laden CDs of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s first six albums, Fantasy’s new owner, the Concord Music Group, adds a straight (no bonus tracks) reissue of the group’s 1970 concert at the Oakland (California) Coliseum. While many bands’ live shows sound like their records, in Creedence’s case their studio albums had the muscle of their live shows. The difference may be lost on some, but it was never lost on the group’s audiences, who found themselves overwhelmed by the power of the rhythm battery and entranced by John Fogerty’s guitar playing. With four albums under their belts and Cosmo’s Factory on the way (“Travellin’ Band” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain” are included here), the live set list was essentially a greatest hits package. The two non-Fogerty compositions are the blues “The Night Time is the Right Time,” and the traditional “Midnight Special.” The latter may as well have been a Fogerty tune, given how well it fits with his original tunes. By 1970 Creedence had moved away from the Fillmore-styled jams of their earlier days, with only the nine-minute “Keep on Chooglin’” getting a lengthy exploration. Given their prowess as a band, it’s a shame they didn’t continue to stretch out more on stage, but with their audience accumulating listeners from radio, the two- and three-minute hits became the public part of their catalog. The short clips of chatter and song introductions show Fogerty to be an engaging front-man, backed by a powerhouse band and fueled by a killer song catalog. This isn’t a revelatory live album, such as the Allman Brothers’ At Fillmore East, but it is a true snapshot of the Great American Band at the height of their powers. [©2009 hyperbolium dot com]

Same Songs, Same Packaging, New Improved Name.

When i saw this advertised as a (40th Anniversary Edition) i thought cool maybe this is the whole concert. But NO, this is the same 14 songs we have always had. Don't get me wrong i love this live album, just thought there was to be more.

One of the Most Overlooked Bands of the 70's.

Always known as a greatest hits band (yet their catalog is full of deep cut gems) this live album is another set of raw rocking sludge swamp rock n' roll. Nothing gets much better than this!


Formed: 1967 in El Cerrito, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s

At a time when rock was evolving away from the forces that had made the music possible in the first place, Creedence Clearwater Revival brought things back to their roots with their concise synthesis of rockabilly, swamp pop, R&B, and country. Though the music of CCR was very much a group effort in their tight, punchy arrangements, their vision was very much singer, songwriter, guitarist, and leader John Fogerty's. Fogerty's classic compositions for Creedence both evoked enduring images of Americana...
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