Sunday, October 28, 2012

CD Review: Concord Music Group Puts Together The "Ultimate Creedence Clearwater Revival"

As one of rock music’s premier bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival helped define a generation through their music. They released seven albums in five years (two of them hit #1) and garnished over thirty compilation hits albums showing just how effective their songs were through the ages. Now, this November, we get the ultimate hits compilation to end all debates. From Fantasy Records comes the “Ultimate Creedence Clearwater Revival: Greatest Hits & All-Time Classics.” This 3-CD set features two full discs filled with all the hits from “Proud Mary” to their 11-minute version of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” The special thing about this set is the third disc which features live versions of many of their classic songs recorded between 1970 and 1971 at locations like Oakland, San Francisco, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Hamburg and Berlin.
The first disc features most of their early well-known hits like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son” and “Who’ll Stop The Rain.” They also pack the disc with some deeper cuts from the CCR catalog like “Bootleg” and “(Wish I Could) Hideaway” as well as their famous covers of “Good Golly Miss Molly”and “The Midnight Special.”
The second disc is laid out pretty much the same way, with hits like “Travilin’ Band” and “Green River,” but this disc digs a little deeper than the first disc with songs like “I Came Out Of the Sky” and “Someday Never Comes.” They do a great job with cover versions of “I Put A Spell On You” and “The Night Time Is The Right Time.” Both discs garnish 20 songs and over 70 minutes of music.
The third disc is what will peak the interest of collectors as it features 12 live songs. CCR blast through songs at face pace as “Travelin’ Band” and “Bad Moon Rising” barely hit the two-minute mark. The last two songs on this set, “Suzio-Q” and “Keep On Chooglin” is where you’ll notice how great this band was live. With the songs pushing past the nine-minute mark, you get to hear what outstanding live musicians they were. The only fault with this disc is that is only clocks in at 48-minutes. I wish they filled this disc up like the first two, after all, it is the “Ultimate Creedence Clearwater Revival” hits set.
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