I’ve been on a steady diet of Creedence for the last three weeks or so. This happens to me now and again, where I can’t be satisfied by but one band/artist. And the 1969/70 CCR catalog is a good one to sustain a body.
Their second album, Bayou Country, came out in January 1969, Green River dropped the following August, followed by Willy and the Poor Boys in November 1969. This run culminated in Cosmo’s Factory in July 1970. That works out to about one album every four months. And they’re all terrific (despite a few weak moments). I can think of no band, British or American, that had such a prodigious and respectable output in such a short period of time.
Dare I name Creedence the greatest American band of all time, keeping in mind that the Band was mostly Canadian (though I’m not sure if even that technicality could save them)? The only real competition would be the Byrds or CSN(Y) but those groups suffered creatively from personnel problems, not to mention drug abuse and egomania. Also, someone could make a case for the Dead but it won’t be me.
“Penthouse Pauper” from Bayou Country (1969)
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