Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 Archive Box Delivers

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CCR in 1969 (photo by Jim Marshall)

CCR in 1969 (photo by Jim Marshall)

Few recording acts have achieved the kind of artistic success in a single, pivotal year like Creedence Clearwater Revival did in 1969. And the classic rock band’s remarkable accomplishment has been celebrated with the superb new release by their longtime label, Fantasy Records, through a stunning, 2016 box set from Concord Bicycle Music: Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 Archive Box.

As the label’s press announcement noted: “The year 1969 brings to mind a wealth of images, emotions and sounds: Apollo 11’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, taking mankind’s first steps on the lunar surface; the Woodstock Festival reinforcing the power of the baby boomer generation; and, of course, the Vietnam War raging on, endlessly in the background. It was a period of upheaval, of divisiveness and discontent, but it was also a time of hope, unity and progress. For Creedence Clearwater Revival – a young band from Northern California – 1969 would prove to be a year of unmatched creative achievement and global success.”

Related: Original CCR members Doug Clifford and Stu Cook look back

The Creedence Clearwater Revival 1969 Archive Box faithfully recreates the band’s 1969 output with three studio albums; their CD counterparts with a bevy of bonus tracks; three seven-inch EPs, a 1969 time capsule featuring a 60-page notebook packed with reviews, interviews and more; and a variety of extras. Here’s a brief look at what’s inside…

To give you a sense of what the band was doing musically, here’s a look at CCR’s 1969 release schedule:

  • Jan. 5: their second studio album, Bayou Country, featuring the #2 single “Proud Mary”;
  • Aug. 3: third studio album, Green River, featuring the #2 singles “Bad Moon Rising” and “Green River”;
  • Nov. 2: fourth studio album, Willy and the Poor Boys, featuring the #3 double-sided single “Down on the Corner” b/w “Fortunate Son.”

How could one band be so prolific in such a short period of time? Of the three albums’ 26 songs, no less than 22 were written by John Fogerty. These LPs also include such CCR classics as “Lodi” and “Born on the Bayou,” plus their legendary covers of “The Midnight Special,” “Cotton Fields” and “The Night Time is the Right Time.” Paul Epstein, owner of Denver’s longtime indie record store, Twist & Shout, calls Bayou Country and Green River “two of the best rock albums ever made.” Who can disagree?

The press clippings book so well-reproduced, you'll think they were the originals

The press clippings book is so well-reproduced, you’ll think they were the originals

This deluxe 1969 Archive Box‘s full list of contents includes: the Japanese pressing of Bayou Country, on red vinyl; the Italian pressing of Green River; and the US pressing of Willy and the Poor Boys, all pressed on 18-gram vinyl and each with the 2008 companion CD that features bonus live versions and alternate takes; and 7-inch singles of the Japanese “Bad Moon Rising” EP, pressed on red vinyl, as well as Brazilian and Mexican vinyl EPs (“Proud Mary” and “Fortunate Son,” respectively).

Replicated artifacts include a Willy and the Poor Boys textbook cover, a Green River album poster, a Creedence bumper sticker, a Woodstock ticket and a previously unreleased 8×10 concert photo. A 60-page composition book rounds out the package, featuring an array of press clippings that are so well reproduced you would swear they were the dog-eared originals, plus additional correspondence.

“Great efforts have been made to keep all reproductions as close to original as possible, including misspellings, flipped A- and B-sides, and colored vinyl pressings,” says Sig Sigworth, SVP of Catalog at Concord Bicycle Music and the box set’s producer. “I didn’t want new liner notes and remasters, but rather a time capsule of the actual artifacts that we found in the vault.”

What’s the catch, you ask? Well, the collection is limited to just 2,500 sets, which were initially sold only at independent record stores that were participating in Record Store Day 2016.

Related: Recordings from CCR-precursor, the Golliwogs, have been released

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  1. Keith
    #1 Keith 11 April, 2016, 14:43

    How many hundred dollars does it cost?

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  2. Timflyte
    #2 Timflyte 3 November, 2020, 02:33

    Its to bad the book alone isn’t being sold. I’ve bought these same songs over and over through original albums , 8 track , cassette , CD , deluxe Cd w bonus cuts , so I’m passing on this. Comes a time in a person’s life when you just don’t need to spend money like a teen
    Lol. But the book looks interesting. The original albums were short of songs , long jams on single songs that after you hear them for so many years , just seem to go nowhere. Sadly , knowing what has come out in interviews, just how bad JF thought the playing was on these , it makes you realize how unhappy he was.
    They peaked with ” Cosmos Factory ” and after Tom left ( who must’ve been the glue holding everything together ) it all went down very quick. Imagine if the Beatles had peaked w their third album and you get the jest of the problem with CCR. Never again would any of the 4 attain the success of 1969 after Tom left. For new fans I’d suggest checking out the CD box that came out years ago which included everything officially released from the pre ccr years to the last live albums.
    The Deluxe Cd bonus tracks are nice , but it would’ve been nice to release those together on a stand alone cd instead of making long time fans buy the catalog again.

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