The Com­plete Stu­dio Al­bums

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Carry on chooglin’: Cree­dence clearer than ever

“Melody Maker had us as the best band in the world,” re­flected John Fogerty more re­cently. “That was af­ter The Bea­tles split, but still.” Edited out of the Wood­stock film be­cause front­man Fogerty felt their head­lin­ing per­for­mance was be­low par, the griz­zled Cal­i­for­ni­ans lost some coun­ter­cul­tural ca­chet, but this half-speed re­mas­tered redux of the seven al­bums they rat­tled off from 1968–72 (in­clud­ing three in 1969 alone) con­firms that their thun­der­ous faux-South­ern rock was never hippy or dippy. The flan­nel-shirted hits (“Proud Mary”, “Bad Moon Ris­ing”, “Up Around The Bend”) re­main colos­sal, and be­witched foun­da­tion in­diepop­pers Orange Juice long be­fore the CCR look de­fined US al­ter­na­tive rock in the age of grunge. For more sub­tle traces of their in­flu­ence, lis­ten to their 1968 take on “I Put A Spell On You” for an early snatch of the Tele­vi­sion gui­tar sound, while sch­muck’s lament “Lodi” and the Nixon-bait­ing “Ef­figy” cast Fogerty as Bruce Spring­steen’s lyri­cal spirit guide. An ugly end­ing – Fogerty’s brother Tom quit be­fore limp swan­song, Mardi Gras, took in­ter-band democ­racy too far – should not de­tract from their rugged glory days. Ex­tras: 6/10. Noth­ing in the way of un­re­leased mu­sic, but an 80page book­let jus­ti­fies some of the sub­stan­tial price-tag.

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