Collector’s Corner

40 Years Of CCR


As a young alternative rocker, it was Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" that showed me social outrage knew no specific genre. The band's Southern swamp-rock sound defined the late-'60s. On Sept. 30, Fantasy celebrates CCR's legacy with 40th Anniversary remasters of six seminal albums.

The albums -- Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy And The Poor Boys, Cosmo's Factory and Pendulum -- all were originally released between 1968-1970. All the best tracks are on these discs, from the band's iconic version of "Suzie Q" to the solemn anthem "Have You Ever Seen The Rain." (On a personal note, CCR's version of "I Put A Spell On You" remains a favorite of mine, showing up on the stereo at every party I've thrown since 1990.)

Each re-issed CD also features bonus tracks such as live cuts from concerts held around the world and a jam session with Stax Records house band Booker T. & The MGs. One of the real gems is the super-rare "45 Revolutions Per Minute" (Parts 1 & 2), a funny, hodge-podge fake interview with Bay Area DJ Tom Campbell that is probably drop-dead hysterical if you're smoking whatever John Fogerty and the rest of the guys were when they recorded it.

The packages artfully recreate the original covers and include previously unpublished photos and new liner notes from veteran music journalists like Ben Fong-Torres and Joel Selvin. If you order the remasters here, you can get 20 percent off by using the promo code "CCR."

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    45 Revolutions Per Minute (Part 1)

    Creedence Clearwater Revival, from Pendulu ...

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    I Put A Spell On You

    Creedence Clearwater Revival, from Creeden ...

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    Fortunate Son

    Creedence Clearwater Revival, from Willy ...

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