Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Creedence Clearwater Revival
"Creedence Clearwater Revival" (CD)

One of the 70's finest purewater rock 'n roll bands made their debut with this album in 1968.  While they always had a country-fried flavor to them, CCR was forever willing to play boogie woogie, soul, R&B...whatever they felt like playing.  On this album, one of their biggest successes was with a cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" while the band's "Susie Q" turned out to be one of the band's most enduring singles.

While this album was released at the height of the hippie movement, the band is decidedly (and gratefully) out-of-step.  There are no flower power undertones or any love-fest thinking.  It is Bayou boogie in it's purest distilled form.  The world needed these boys.

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