Creedence Clearwater Revival - Epics (1968-71)
A reup of a compilation I'm rather proud of and consisting of the long tracks CCR spread in their albums during their short but intense career. Nothing rare but a proof this band was much more than a hit machine. Get it again here.
Creedence Clearwater Revival was my first fave band. It was in 1970, I was 12 yrs old, and Pendulum was the first LP I bought with my own money (without knowing it, my parents gave me each month just the money that I needed to buy an LP). But if I loved the CCR hits, my preference was for what I call here their epics, I mean long songs with instrumental bridges in which they had the time to create a climax. And it was generally a dark and heavy climax. I feel that more than Black Sabbath, these epics are responsible for making me so much appreciate instrumental doom. Since compilations all focus on singles or classics of the band but not (except Chooglin' but omitting a lot) on epics, I decided to constitute my ideal CCR compilation with all their epics gathered. My favorite is the incredible version of the Marvin Gaye standard "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" but "Pagan Baby" or "Effigy", and the central bridge of "Ramble Tamble" are prime cuts. Since the atmosphere of these tracks are often religious, macabre et obituary, I created a relevant cover sleeve from pictures (not mine) taken in Louisiana. Although from San Francisco, the band often referred to this land. Another thing that makes them something like sludge ancestors.