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As much as we all loved the bands form the “British Invasion” in the mid ’60s, when Creedence Clearwater Revival came on the scene, it was like a breath of fresh air. Purveyors of raw, roots-based American music with meaningful lyrics and hooks galore, CCR had 14 top ten hits in its short lifespan from 1968-72. Sadly, though, the band had signed one of the worst contacts in the history of popular music, and leader and principle songwriter John Fogerty ended up in what seemed like perpetual litigation with first Fantasy Records and its owner, Saul Zaentz, and then his former bandmates. The nadir came in 1988 when Zaentz sued Fogerty for sounding like — himself.

CCR_box_coverBecause he did not own the rights to the songs he had written while with CCR, Fogerty refused to perform them for many years. In 1987, he played a set of Creedence tunes at a benefit for Vietnam veterans in Washington, D.C. In 1997, he embarked on a full tour to support his recently released album “Blue Moon Swamp,” and finally mixed many CCR chestnuts in with songs from his solo albums. The Denver stop of this tour was at the Paramount Theater downtown. The stage was adorned with an enormous scrim with the album art from “Blue Moon Swamp” painted on it. When the house lights went down, there was a brief pause before the first notes of “Born on the Bayou” rang out, and the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Then the scrim rose to reveal Fogerty and his ace backup band… Still one of my favorite concert moments ever…

So it’s exciting news indeed that all the original CCR albums have been re-mastered at London’s famed Abbey Road studios and will be part of a new 7-LP box set to be released on November 30.

Check out this great piece from Sound & Vision for more…

Creedence Clearwater Revival Celebrates 50 Years with 7-LP Box Set

CCR_studio_collectionCraft Recordings is celebrating the brief but astonishingly prolific career of one of America’s greatest rock-and-roll bands, Creedence Clearwater Revival, with a 50th anniversary LP box set comprising all seven of the band’s studio albums on 180-gram vinyl.

Slated for release on November 30, the set includes more than a dozen timeless hits from albums spanning 1968-1972: Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968), Bayou Country (1969), Green River (1969), Willy and the Poor Boys (1969), Cosmo’s Factory (1970), Pendulum (1970), and Mardi Gras (1972).

Each album was mastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios using hi-res transfers from original analog tapes with the added benefit of an exacting half-speed mastering process that involves playing back audio at half its recorded speed while the cutting lathe is turned at half the desired playback speed. The process allows more time to cut a precise groove for more accurate frequency extremes and dynamic contrasts…

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