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Forty-five years after a pivotal year in the too-short career of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Fantasy Records is celebrating the genius that is Creedence with a series of commemorative reissues.
In 1969 there was simply no stopping Creedence Clearwater Revival. That epic year they released three Top Ten albums, had four hit singles (charting at #2, #2, #2 and #3, respectively) with three additional charting B-sides. They even found time to record a fourth chart-topping album released the following year.
In addition to the incredible quantity and quality of their albums, Creedence — Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and Tom and John Fogerty — also headlined the Woodstock music festival, played on the Ed Sullivan Show twice and toured throughout America.
Fantasy´s Creedence vinyl reissues series, which will continue throughout 2014, launches with Bayou Country and Cosmo´s Factory. It was in January 1969 that Creedence released the first of its three LPs that year, Bayou Country. The product of frontman/songwriter John Fogerty´s fascination with Louisiana swamp-rock and R&B, the album contained the hits "Proud Mary" and "Born on the Bayou" and key FM radio tracks "Graveyard Train," "Keep On Choogling" and a cover of Little Richard´s "Good Golly Miss Molly." According to AllMusic.com, "Bayou Country announces that CCR had discovered its sound."
Cosmo´s Factory, released July 1970, included the hits "Traveling Band" and its hit B-side "Who´ll Stop the Rain," "Lookin´ Out My Back Door," "Run Through the Jungle," and a swampy 11-minute rendition of the Marvin Gaye hit "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." The album, cited in Rolling Stone´s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, was named after the room in which the band — John, his brother Tom (on rhythm guitar and some lead vocals), bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford — used to practice. By 1990, it had been certified four times platinum (4,000,000 units sold) by the RIAA.