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Cosmo's Factory (40th Anniversary Edition)
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered, September 30, 2008
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If, as many contend, Creedence Clearwater Revival was the foremost singles rock band of its time, Cosmo's Factory is the ultimate end-of-the-'60s singles album. Indeed, seven of the album's 11 tracks turn up on Chronicle, CCR's best hits collection. That said, Cosmo's is really a must-own in its entirety. No other album so adeptly laces together the various strands of the CCR sound. John Fogerty's ready-for-AM-radio knack surfaces in "Lookin' Out My Back Door" and "Up Around the Bend." His sober side is in evidence on "Who'll Stop the Rain" and "Long As I Can See the Light." And no white group of its time could cover black music with as much natural flair; check out the 11-minute cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" for proof. The band broke up two albums after the release of this, their apex LP, but Cosmo's Factory cemented CCR's standing as a great American band. --Steven Stolder
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The most aggravating thing about new vinyl reissues is that they're done without attention to detail. That is not the case with this release. The record is flat and perfectly centered. My stylus has no side to side movement at all when playing. The jacket is made of thicker cardstock than the flimsy reissues I've seen before.
Overall, this relases is great for the price. I own all 4 of the Newbury Comics reissues and have been pleased with every single one of them. I would love to see reissues of CCR, Pendelum, and Mardi Gras.
Bonus Tracks : Travelin' Band ( Alternate Remake Take ) 2:15 - Up Around The Band Live 2:41 - Born on the Bayou 5:58 .
Cosmo's Factory comes with a small pamphlet with 8 to10 pages counting the front and back , pictures , details about CCR and The Album , My favourite would have to be Heard it through the Grapevine extended version , Great Band , Music and Album .
The quality was excellent and the old music sounds even better on today's equipment. Great road music for that cross country trip. This was one of four CD's I took with me when I did a 3 1/2 day trip from Philly to LA with the top down. Nothing like blowing across Nebraska on a warm summer night with CCR .