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Saturday, July 25, 1970

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Cosmo’s Factory Debuts: July 25, 1970

Originally posted July 25, 2011.

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Creedence Clearwater Revival are Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and one of the Top 100 Acts of All Time according to Dave’s Music Database. Perhaps no album is more responsible for giving the band such iconic status than Cosmo’s Factory, which spent nine weeks atop the Billboard album chart. “Seven of the album’s 11 tracks turn up on Chronicle, CCR’s best hits collection” SS and the album ranks as one of the top 1000 albums of all time according to Dave’s Music Database.

Lookin’ Out My Back Door is “a charming, bright shuffle, filled with dancing animals and domestic bliss – he had never been as sweet and silly as he is here.” STE Up Around the Bend is “a searing rocker, one of their best.” STE There’s also “the menacing murkiness of Run Through the JungleSTE and the “poignant melody and melancholy undertow” STE of Who’ll Stop the Rain. “Travelin’ Band, a funny, piledriving rocker with a blaring horn section; the first indication their sonic palette was broadening.” STE On Long as I Can See the Light, singer/songwriter John Fogerty “finds solace in home, anchored by a soulful, laid-back groove.” STE

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Those six songs comprised the A and B-sides of three 1970 singles. The album also featured an 11-minute version of I Heard It Through the Grapevine. “Even if it wanders, their take on the Marvin Gaye classic isn’t unpleasant.” STE “No white group of its time could cover black music with as much natural flair.” SS

As for the non-singles, there is “the claustrophobic, paranoid rocker Ramble Tamble. Unlike some extended instrumentals, this was dramatic and had a direction.” STE “Their faithful, exuberant takes on the Sun classics Ooby Dooby and My Baby Left Me are joyous tributes.” STE

Cosmo’s is really a must-own in its entirety. No other album so adeptly laces together the various strands of the CCR sound.” SS “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.” SS


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