creedence clearwater revival Archive

Single Review: Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Travelin’ Band” Live

This one deserves a bit of background. In 1970 Creedence Clearwater Revival was on top of the world, and deservedly so. The quartet from El Cerrito, California had amassed an impressive run of hit singles; at least eight had charted between 1968 and ‘69. And while founding member and rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty would leave

SF Music History: CCR at the Fillmore West, July 1971

On the Fourth of July in 1971, the Fillmore West closed for good. The celebrated San Francisco music venue ended its nearly three-year run under the management of Bay Area concert promotion impresario Bill Graham with a series of historic and locally focused shows. The original Fillmore, at the corner of Fillmore Street and Geary

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: Interviews

I lost count of how many interviews I conducted in 2019. I think the number is right around 175. I enjoyed ever single one of them, but as is typical, a few will go down among my all-time favorites. Here’s a quick roundup of ten of those, with links to the full features (and often

Album Review: Creedence Clearwater Revival — Live at Woodstock

Nobody’s quite sure who coined the adage, “history is written by the victors.” But the inescapable fact remains that nearly every version of history is the product of a subjective point of view. What is left out – and why – is often as important to what’s included. Moviegoers who saw Michael Wadleigh’s 1970 documentary

Played a Set for Everyone: CCR at Woodstock (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… The story that gained traction over the years is that the band’s performance was somehow wanting or otherwise subpar, but that’s not at all what I hear on this recording. Doug: Well, thank you for that. Because John Fogerty said we – meaning the rest of us – didn’t play well.

Played a Set for Everyone: CCR at Woodstock (Part One)

There’s a tired cliché that goes something like this: “If you remember the ’60s, you weren’t really there.” A half century later, an unfortunate reality is that if an event wasn’t properly documented, in the minds of current-day audience, it didn’t happen. And that has been the case with Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Woodstock

Re-Revisiting Creedence, Part Three

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: With Creedence Clearwater Revisited, you and Stu Cook and the guys pretty much run through all of the hits. You’ve been playing those songs hundreds of times a year for well more than forty years. And you look and sound like you’re having a ball, not merely going through

Re-Revisiting Creedence, Part Two

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: Continuing on that point, if I may. As much as I like the Golliwogs and Blue Velvets material, musically it – especially the earliest tracks – really doesn’t sound a lot like what we’d eventually come to know as the Creedence Clearwater Revival sound. Not just because Tom was

Re-Revisiting Creedence, Part One

The catalog of Creedence Clearwater Revival has been issued, reissued, repackaged, re-re-packaged, and re-re-issued more times than I can count. Just a few years ago – 2008 – all of the group’s Fantasy LPs were reissued on CD as part of a “40th Anniversary” marketing push. Those reissues were each appended with relevant live bonus

Album Review: Creedence Clearwater Revival – Ultimate CCR

Few rock acts have seen their catalog subjected to as much incessant compilation-izing as Creedence Clearwater Revival. Not counting live albums and the Golliwogs juvenilia, the group released seven albums in the space of five short years. But no less than a few dozen(!) collections of their music have appeared, starting with Creedence Gold back