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Bayou Country [Import]

Creedence Clearwater RevivalAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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Unquestionably one of the greatest American rock bands ever, Creedence Clearwater Revival will best be remembered for their unique bayou sound popularized in songs like "Proud Mary" and "Green River."

Although their music evoked the raw, gospel-tinged sound of the rural South, Doug Clifford, Stu Cook, and Tom and John Fogerty actually hailed from El Cerrito, ... Read more in Amazon's Creedence Clearwater Revival Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fantasy
  • ASIN: B000000XCA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,739 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Born On The Bayou
2. Bootleg
3. Graveyard Train
4. Good Golly Miss Molly
5. Penthouse Pauper
6. Proud Mary
7. Keep On Chooglin'

Editorial Reviews

Bayou Country is the CCR record that slips under the radar. The group's 1969 sophomore release birthed two classic-rock staples--"Born on the Bayou" and "Proud Mary." Then there's the characteristically savvy cover ("Good Golly Miss Molly"), the stretch-out jams ("Graveyard Train" and "Keep on Chooglin"), and a couple of seldom-remarked-upon album tracks ("Bootleg" and "Penthouse Pauper"). And that's it--a little more than a half-hour of the Revival gaining speed but still not firing on all cylinders. For a lesser band, it'd be an impressive achievement; for Creedence, Bayou Country is a mere stepping stone to greater heights. --Steven Stolder

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Music Is Not Old January 7, 2006
Format:Audio CD
'Born On The Bayou' followed Creedence's debut album, and became the first in a string of immaculate, classic & fastly created classic albums, that Creedence unleashed during 1969 and 1970.

The album opens with 'Born On The Bayou', a steady rocker, that, at the same time, is both as familiar as anything Creedence, but also has a great amount of indecipherable strangeness to it, like the kind that would later surface on the 'Pendulum' album in 1970.

It is followed by the almost-excellent 'Bootleg', that sounds very much like a blueprint for the later 'Run Through The Jungle' (itself a blueprint for Fogerty's later solo hit, 'Old Man', though 'Run Through The Jungle' must be said to be the best of those three).

After the slow & bluesy 'Graveyard Train', the band rocks on with their more-than-merely-perfect cover of 'Good Golly Miss Molly', which is arguably better than Little Richard's original.

'Penthouse Pauper' is a great song of underrated brilliance, that follows much in the vein of 'Born On The Bayou', in that it sounds Creedence, but is inhabited with some very disturbing strangeness.

Then comes the smash hit of the album, & arguably the best track here, 'Proud Mary', which, together with 'Down On The Corner', is probably Creedence's best known song today (even rap fans know it). It resides over a divine intro & an equally divine chorus, one of the best singalong choruses ever.

To finish the album off, Fogerty reveals the good but not brilliant 'Keep On Chooglin''. Perhaps better used as a mid-album track than as a closer, it still works very well in just that place because of its tremendous lenght (seven minutes), and the strangeness of its position.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Huck and Tom Rock... December 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
John C. Fogerty is the Huck Finn of rock n' roll (and for as long as he cared to, brother Tom served as his Tom Sawyer foil on rhythm guitar). If Samuel Clemens were alive today, he no doubt would be toe tapping to 'Born On the Bayou' and laughing about Huck "runnin' through the backwoods bare" with his "old hounddog barkin'... chasing down a hoodoo there". And J.C. delivers the vocals on 'Born...' with more gusto than even John Lennon summoned for his gravel-voiced marvel, 'Twist and Shout'.
This to me is the finest CCR album. It doesn't have the most hit songs ('Proud Mary' was [and still is] mercilessly overplayed as a number two hit), but this set hit me square between the eyes between my freshman and sophomore years in high school. I don't know if humans imprint, but indelibly etched in my brain cells is the memory of this album being played while I soaked up a warm summer evening at a beach on Lake St. Clair. Some freaks in the parking lot had 'Born On the Bayou' blaring from their car stereo, and it was one of those moments in early adolescence when you savor your budding sense of autonomy. Of course, in the early 1970's, all manner of freedom was breaking out everywhere, helping to frame this as a touchstone experience for me.
That's not to say there isn't great music on this album which speaks for itself. 'Born On the Bayou', 'Good Golly Miss Molly' (comparing it to Mitch Ryder's #4 hit version is like comparing apples and oranges, so I won't go there... suffice it to say that it rocks every bit as much, and features a driving lead guitar that cannot be denied), 'Bootleg', 'Penthouse Pauper', and 'Keep On Chooglin' (I guess they go chooglin' instead of truckin' down South) hold their own with any other highlights from Creedence albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best August 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
THE great ccr album.It will always be best known for being the home of "Proud Mary",but even better stuff is here."Born On the Bayou""Bootleg""Penthouse Pauper".Still sounds as good today as it did when my friends and I were wearing the 8-track tape out over 30 years ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two of CCR's unsung masterpieces here... June 10, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
..., "Born On the Bayou" (which they continued to open with on gigs until they disbanded--and this was only their second album!), and the blues dirge "Graveyard Train". This one's deceptively repetitive--the same two-measure riff for nine minutes--but over top of it is a man's cry of anguish over an argument with his wife which ended with her roaring off in the car and smacking into a bus. Listen to this song and you'll agree--Our Hero ain't in no shape to deliver the eulogy. Take Johnny Cash's talent for a tale of woe, add Jim Morrison's emotional overdrive, and you've got it. The rest of the album's great, too. This era of music was the high-water mark of the album meant to be listened to a work in its own right instead of half-a-dozen singles glued together.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't keep my feet still kinda music!!! December 21, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Now, at 50 years old, I still get out my CCR and marvel at most of the songs on this album. Sure, everyone's heard Proud Mary and Born on the Bayou, but who can sit still when it gets to that final track: "Keep On Chooglin'"? And "Penthouse Pauper"!!! Awesome!!! Thank God Mr. Fogerty is still with us and still rockin' as great as ever!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their 2nd album put CCR "on the map"! February 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Give me a year and I'll show you what we can do", declared John Fogerty. With BAYOU COUNTRY he proved he wasn't just blowing steam. "Proud Mary" has the distinction of being THE song that put CCR "on the map", Bob Dylan said it was HIS favorite song-- and my Dad, a part-time musician, got sick of getting REQUESTS to play it! (Many, MANY years later, he finally started to LIKE it.) Also here is "Born On The Bayou", the unforgettable album opener that to this day Fogerty opens his live shows with. (Hard to believe it was issued as a "B" side! ) And there's a rousing cover of Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly" where CCR makes it their own! The album closes with the lengthy "Keep On Chooglin'", which, until "Travelin' Band", had been CCR's show-closer as well. As an album overall, I actually like their debut more than this one-- but it's a close call. (Now, um-- what exactly IS "chooglin'", anyhow?)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a great album!
I only knew Credence for their top hits on the radio and thus got their greatest hits album a while ago. Read more
Published 1 day ago by dash-o
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
Guitar is too amplified taking away from a smooth sound and sounding muffled, disappointing. Maybe that is why it was four dollars.
Published 2 months ago by estella chavarria
4.0 out of 5 stars CCRs more relaxing and chill album
Heres an album that is more layed back and mature from the band. Slower than their previous recordings, but never losing that great sound and even greater writing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B-Goody
5.0 out of 5 stars BLAST FROM THE PAST
Published 3 months ago by jimi
5.0 out of 5 stars reaponse
My Mom is enjoying her cd, the dog is not, she is not happy with the noise. So she will play them in the car
Published 3 months ago by beverly head
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Creedence
Love this album. Don't know why I waited so long to get it. I love the long jams like: Bootleg, Graveyard Train, & Keep On Chooglin'. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carl Otto Hallbauer
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Said... They Generated The Greatest Sound, Ever!
CCR's The Greatest!!! And this album is my All Time favorite CCR album. How 'bout "Keep On Chooglin'"? Is that your favorite CCR track, too?
Published 4 months ago by Oldieman
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen and Enjoy
I got this for my dad and this is his favorite cd. Thanks for having what I was looking for.
Published 4 months ago by Janice Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Rockin' after all these years
If you had it on vinyl, it's worth replacing. If you enjoy rock, but aren't familiar with this album, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Published 7 months ago by Wanda Petra
5.0 out of 5 stars CCR
One of the classic all-time C C R recordings--was in my late teen when this was out and it has always been one of my favorite listenings , even today.
Published 11 months ago by 1character2013
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Which version sounds better?
Actually, I had the same question, but I don't know if your comment actually gave potential buyers of "Bayou Country" original 7 tract version vs. the expanded track version the answer they were seeking. I'd much rather have the better sounding one & sacrifice quantity for the ultimate... Read more
May 17, 2013 by Raymond A. Tecau |  See all 3 posts
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