Creedence Clearwater Revival – “The Complete Studio Albums (Half Speed Masters)” 7 LP (UMC / Concord Records)
One of the legends of the 60s, formed in San Francisco and part of the hippy rock movement despite the band owing its musical style to southern okie rock, Creedence Clearwater Revival took only 6 years to cement their name into the annals of history by selling 30 million records in the U.S. alone, releasing 14 Top 10 hits, 6 platinum albums (two of which went to number one) and one gold album. Yet their music has never faded throughout time, constantly resurrected by new generations, not to mention theme music for the mainstream media from car adverts to “Forrest Gump”! As the band’s 50th anniversary nears, UMC brings an unprecedented celebration of everything the band contributed in their short but eventful time together in a deluxe box set comprising the band’s complete 7 album studio output: “Creedence Clearwater Revival”, “Bayou Country”, “Green River”, “Willy and the Poor Boys”, “Cosmo’s Factory”, “Pendulum” and “Mardi Gras” – that’s a total of 65 tracks! Meeting the prestige of this release, each record has been mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, a process allowing more time to cut a more precise groove, allowing greater accuracy of frequency extremes and dynamic contrasts to be captured onto each LP. Completed by an 80 page book featuring new liner notes, historic photos and band ephemera, this is the definitive release capturing the unmistakable trademark sound of John Fogerty’s swamp vocals and bayou guitar on favourites like ‘Down On The Corner’, ‘Who’ll Stop The Rain’ and ‘Long As Long As I Can See The Light’. Truth be told though, you don’t need anything more on this cos there’s an entire generation still humming these classics right from way back then!