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Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival

1968, 7/10
The group’s first album has their sound fully formed – they already have their infectious rootsy rock in place, with John Fogerty’s gritty vocals and impressive lead guitar. The main issue is the song-writing – the most memorable songs are the covers of ‘I Put A Spell On You’ and ‘Suzie Q’, the latter a minor hit which started the band’s career. While Fogerty wrote five of the eight songs, most of them aren’t distinctive, and as a result Creedence Clearwater Revival merely sound like a really tight bar blues band with a charismatic, throaty lead singer.

‘Porterville’ is the exception – it’s the song that’s furthest from the blues template, and it’s a portent of things to come from Fogerty, energetic and hook-filled. Creedence Clearwater Revival also features rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty’s only song for the band – a co-write on ‘Walking on Water’.

Creedence Clearwater Revival is an enjoyable, promising debut, but the group would become much stronger once John Fogerty’s writing hit full stride.

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