Monday, December 11, 2006

175. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (1970)

Track Listing

1. Ramble Tamble
2. Before You Accuse Me
3. Travelin' Band
4. Ooby Dooby
5. Lookin' Out My Back Door
6. Run Through the Jungle
7. Up Around the Bend
8. My Baby Left Me
9. Who'll Stop the Rain
10. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
11. Long as I Can See the Light


Finally! The 70's are here!

This is the best of CCR's albums in my opinion, they sound looser than in their previous efforts and, in fact, although there's no huge hit single like Proud Mary or Bad Moon Rising in this one, it is filled with memorable tracks. Ramble Tamble, Travelin' Band, Lookin' Out My Back Door, Run Through the Jungle, Up Around The Bend, Who'll Stop The Rain and the 11 minute version of I Heard It Through The Grapevine, as as catchy as anything that CCR ever did.

In this album CCR keep to their roots but there is a clear branching out, while Travelin' Band is a Little Richard rocker, Ramble Tamble goes to the limiar of prog, Lookin' Out My Back Door is country with Buck Owens refrences, Run Through The Jungle has this foreboding Vietnam mood and Grapevine is a tribute to R&B. They are great in all of these tracks however, and there really is no skippable track in this album. CCR have really excelled in this.

The lyrics are great, the playing is great, John Fogerty has his own voice and the music is just extremely catchy in a good way. You don't get annoyed by it, much the contrary. So you need to buy it, do so at Amazon UK or US.

Track Highlights

1. Lookin' Out My Back Door
2. Who'll Stop The Rain
3. Up Around The Bend
4. Ramble Tamble

Final Grade



Lookin' Out My Back Door:

From Wikipedia:

The peak of a prolific streak, Cosmo's Factory was Creedence's fifth album in less than two years. It was a major commercial success, reaching #1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart, and spawning no less than six top 5 singles. More amazingly, it also reached #11 on what was then the Billboard Soul Albums chart, a crossover feat nearly unheard of for a white pop/rock band. In 2003, the album was ranked number 265 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The name of the album comes from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band rehearsed. Bandleader John Fogerty was so insistent on practicing (nearly every day) that drummer Doug "Cosmo" Clifford began referring to the place as "the factory".

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