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The Very Best Of CCR, Absolutely!
August 2, 2017
I had this collection about three times previously on each vinyl, cassette and cd. In fact it was the only Creedence collection I ever had on vinyl save for a few of their singles. Then about a year after I purchased this on vinyl, I was surprised with a cassette copy for my birthday-We're talking mid-to-late '80s here after frontman John Fogerty's comeback. Then about 10 years later I got this on cd which I later forsook the Creedence boxed set which contained all of their recordings including their earlier incarnations as Tommy Fogerty and The Blue Velvets and The Golliwogs plus the two live albums[one of which made after Tom Fogerty's departure]. This time I got this collection for my girlfriend/bandmate and was she thrilled. She never had anything by Creedence in her collection before so this was a perfect choice.
From start to finish this is the greatest collection of CCR. Kicking off this set is two covers off their debut album, Dale Hawkins' "Susie Q"[The shortened version. You'll find the second half on Chronicles, Vol. 2] and Screamin' Jay Hawkins'[No relation] "I Put A Spell On You"-How they rock on this one! They're followed up with eighteen more songs- one Creedence classic after another. Their biggest classic "Proud Mary", to start with, was the one I remember best BEFORE Ike & Tina Turner reinterpreted it totally different and this the most covered Creedence song of all, even Elvis Presley did it, too. The only one other exception than those covers Creedence interpreted was none other than the Marvin Gaye classic "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" in its entire 11-minute glory not to mention a 7-minute guitar break from John Fogerty[who later used a short part of that break on his own song "Change In The Weather" from the 1986 album Eye Of The Zombie and later re-recorded for a Blue Ridge Rangers follow up album in the new millennium]. Each song here gives the greatest instrumentations out of four musicians[Save for the last two songs-"Sweet Hitch-Hiker" and "Someday Never Comes" as a three-piece]. John Fogerty fires up on lead guitar[He knew how make that Rickenbacker work other than a Les Paul], Tom Fogerty hangs on time with rhythm guitar and rounding out the rhythm section and making it work are drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook. For a northern California band they knew how to work some southern twang in the act as well as R&B.
Personally, I prefer this collection over the other Chronicles collection which contains more covers as well as other Creedence classics. So for the best singles collection of CCR-Go for it here and you won't be disappointed!