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Cosmo's Factory

Creedence Clearwater Revival

1970

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Cosmo's Factory

Rating

3.88

Votes

3841

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5

The Dude: Do you find them much, these, stolen cars? Younger Cop: Sometimes. Wouldn't hold out much hope for the tape deck though. Older Cop: Or the Creedence.

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5

Love it' A Classic. Reminds me of drinking in a barn in NB.

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This is a really legendary album. Probably 75% of it's songs are on every CCR Greatest Hits collection. I really can't say enough good things about. The real star of the show is John Fogerty's vocals, but the musicianship is great too. Long as I can See the Light and Heard it Through the Grapevine are my 2 favorites, but I love most of the songs on here.

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5

I grew up on this band, mostly through Chronicles Vol 1, but most of the tracks on here are also on that. Discovered Ramble Tamble, which I love and Ooby Dooby, which I hate. Had to listen to Up Around the Bend twice because it’s so good. I’m amazed at the different style influences across this album. So good!

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5

I liked this one a lot better than the other CCR album I got from this album generator. This one seems somehow 'swampier', but it also has more variety and more experimentation in the songs. This sets it apart from just being more highly polished radio-friendly standard rock-fare. Just a really good album, loved listening to it.

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5

Fogerty can really put an album together. So many classics, so much grit.

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4

4.5 stars. Loved the Rockabilly tones. The country was strong with such lovely bluesy undertones. Vocals are on point on this and an 11 minute cover of a Soul Classic in heard through the grapevine is the perfect ending. Which sadly eclipses the actual last song on the album.

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4

I already knew over half the songs, but hearing it all come together as one unit makes it all the better. Some classic stuff here.

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4

A wonderful album with great songs. Can’t believe they were only together for three years, and they managed to create so many tunes that are still played today.

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5

Travelin' Band, Lookin' Out My Back Door, Run Through the Jungle, Who'll Stop the Rain, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Long As I Can See the Light. Those are not songs from their greatest hits collection. Well, i'm sure they ARE, but more specifically they are from this album. That's simply a crazy collection of good songs. This really made me want to sit on a patio out in the Bayou and drink beers. If you dont feel the same - call for help.

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5

Awesome album. Can listen to it wherever

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CCR is classic and have never put out a bad album. (We don't talk about 'Mardi Gras'.) Favorite tracks: "Travelin' Band", "Heard It Thru the Grapevine", "Before You Accuse Me"

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Love this album

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Put me in, coach

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Amazing

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Hell yea

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Very fun album to listen to.

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tia mi picchia

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AK: Great tunes!

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It was a great album!

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10/10

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5

Loved it. The right vibe for my later day relaxation.

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5

I forgot how much I absolutely love this album!

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5

Ooby Dolby is a little silly, but the rest of this album is fantastic.

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5

Amazing how many timeless classic songs CCR was able to produce in such a short period of time. I went into this album thinking it would end up being a 4 star rating, but after listening to it I'm giving it a 5.

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Big fan of ccr . This album has a lot of what made them really popular. After the chaos of the album, that last song really tied us all together.

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Classic

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A masterpiece.

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Great

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5

southern rock at it's finest right here. i'm so inclined to give it a 5 just off of their rendition of "Heard It Through The Grapevine" alone!

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CCR, aka CLASSIC Classic Rock. Just wanna be stoned in someone’s barn listening to this. Love all the extended jams.

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5

Loving the vibe.

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5

Oldie, goodie!

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god damn i love CCR. I listened to this album and then like 2 others so i hope they come up soon

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5

Great Bayou album

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My dad’s kind of music, brought back memories

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8/10

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5

Old school cool and classic credence. Love it!

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5

Buen álbum

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5

Forgerty in ‘69-‘70 was just churning out gold. This may be their best album end to end.

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5

In grade nine, I used to come home from school and listen to this entire album, every day on my father's "stereo". A combination of killer songs written by guitarist and lead vocalist John Fogerty, combined with some interesting cover songs (I Heard it Through the Grapevine), this is the single best CCR record from their relatively short, but illustrious career. I still love every one of these songs.

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Acid flashback to ‘Nam ‘71

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5

Just fantastic. Anthems of the time, like a time warp. Forrest Gump, lebowski, like soundtracks dedicated to this album

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5

Some of my favorite jams on this one

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5

Light rock. Some good guitar solos. Lots of CCR's hits.

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5

Das beste Album bis jetzt. Wahnsinn, wie viele Klassiker da drauf sind. Absoluter Hit: 11 Minuten Heard it through the Grapevine

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5

Excellent album. CCR is legendary

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Wonderful guitar riffs. A true classic to come back to again.

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5

Great album with lots of hits. Knew this one already.

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5

I grew up listening to CCR. If you want to hear all of their very best songs, just listen to this album.

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5

No skips all bops

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5

Hit after hit after hit. It almost got a 4 from me just because it's super dated and, at times, kinda cheesy, but it's just so dang fun.

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5

Outstanding collection of songs!

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5

Fun guitar stuff in Ramble Tamble. I've never heard a bad version of Before You Accuse Me - this one didn't disappoint either. It's hard to cover a song, stay so true to the original, and still make it your own. The same thing goes for Grapevine. It's country, folk, blues, rock - uniquely and unmistakably CCR.

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5

Know and love CCR. Some really great classics on this album. It almost feels like a Greatest Hits album, but it isn't. This is a solid 5/5. Classic. Love it.

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Amazing album. Fogerty is an absolute genius. His voice and guitar work make CCR sound like many genres at once, almost creating their own style of rock.

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The opening track alone (Ramble Tamble) is inexplicably not on any greatest hits, but is their best song.

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5

Loved it

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Теперь понятно откуда взялась моя любимая музыка: Black Keys, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, и даже кое где Radiohead

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5

All the songs are very good and the bests are originals.

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To argue that this was anything less than a 5-star album would be a fight against democracy itself. The people have voted. CCR is an institution. Any band that can get right-wing voters to belt out anti-war anthems have some sort of Creole VOODOO going on behind the scenes. John Fogerty is from Berkley, California. The Fortress of Solitude for all things liberal. Yet if you see the confederate flag on a pick-up 50/50 chance they are bumping Fortunate Son. Insanity. True Bipartisanship rocking, I dig.

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5

A great album! Just some really great rock and roll music. I like it a lot. I'm probably biased because of my love for classic rock, but I really liked this one.

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5

Good tunez. Favorite tracks are Ramble Tamble and I Heard It Through the Grapevine

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Easy 5 stars. Love the blues influence all over the album (and in the covers)

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5

A definite classic-- nice to hear the songs that I had known before collected in an album.

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5

Really great album. Nice and groovy.

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9/10, masterpiece OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DOWN THE ROAD I GO

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Es la primera vez que escucho un disco de CCR completo, porque solo conocía las rolas que sonaban sueltas en Universal o en compilaciones de los 60/70. Me gustó especialmente conocer más la voz de Fogerty y las guitarras en este disco que van más allá de la simpleza que hacen en Have You Ever Seen the Rain. Además, me gustó lo variado del disco: desde rockabilly hasta swamp rock incluyendo unos covers muy bien hechos.

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Creo que cualquier persona medianamente familiarizada con la música en general puede ubicar cerca de la mitad de las canciones de este disco, a pesar de no saber de quien son o a qué disco pertenecen. Sonido impecable, arreglos de guitarra poco comunes, como 8 géneros de música en el mismo disco todos bien ejecutados... No hay peros con el disco, una de las grandes bandas de rock con un sonido que se siente como "comfort food."

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Classic

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5

Very few make rock music like the Creedence Clearwater Revival. Just a really good album, indeed.

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5

Some of my favorite songs on this album.

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5

so many great songs

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5

The whole album’s vocals and music comforts a cosy part of my brain.

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5

Just the best

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5

Tons of Bangers on this one.

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Pieza de colección. Hippies buena vibra.

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5

Not a huge classic rock guy, but I can certainly appreciate a legendary album. So many iconic songs on this one.

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We all love CCR in my house. This is probably their most fun record on the whole. It's still got some heavy hitters though, like "Run Through The Jungle" and "Long As I Can See the Light." They really make "Heard It Through the Grapevine" their own too. I'd listen to this nearly anytime.

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5

Really great shit. I love this album.

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Oh hell to the yes, CCR is my jam. Their blend of blues rock and folk/soul hits this beautiful sweet spot for me - I think some refer to their music as "americana". This record just keeps on grooving throughout the track list. While it's not my favorite of CCR's catalogue, there's some great hits here, along with a long version of Heard It Through The Grapevine which I hadn't heard before. I think where this group really strikes a chord (haha because get it?) with me is the songwriting and vocal style. Something about their lyrics and style has always drawn me in, and Fogerty's delivery of these lyrics is incredible, I absolutely love his style.

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CCR!!!!!

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a great rock and roll record - a wonderful band, fantastic arrangements and dynamics, glorious guitar parts that you can sing and one of the greatest voices in rock & roll

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Some music brings back strong memories. This was the soundtrack to a long weekend out of town. It was one of those experiences that makes me thankful that we didn't kill anyone from stupid teenage boy antics. This album was heard many times over many years.

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Um clássico, imperdível.

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Brilliant album. Run Through The Jungle, and THAT version of Grapevine.

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Great album! So many different styles on one record.

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I was just a lad in 6th grade when, during a school assembly in the auditorium, we were treated to a performance of three numbers by a quartet of upperclassmen 8th graders. I think their name was similar to the 1960s psychedelic blues band, Blue Cheer (coincidentally based out of San Francisco, same as Creedence.) I cannot recall the other two songs the boys played, but I will never forget their closer: ‘Proud Mary.’ The minute I heard the opening riff, I was spellbound. Lord, I wanted to be in that band. It was all I could do not to jump on stage, body check the singer, and grab the mic myself. And while ‘Proud Mary’ is not featured on 'Cosmo’s Factory,' a shitload of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s other hits sure are, and just as good. There are more hits off this LP than there are mosquitos in the bayou at dusk. Out of the eleven songs, no less than six were hit singles. And if you throw in ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine,’ that totals seven. And, with the exclusion of ‘Ramble Tamble,’ every single song on 'Cosmo’s Factory' written by band leader John Fogerty was a hit. Every single one! Just let that sink in for a moment. One of the main reasons why I rarely listen to our local ‘classic rock’ radio station these days is because of the programmer’s insistence on taking artists like Creedence, picking just a few of their hits, and playing them over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. I’ve heard ‘Lookin’ Out My Backdoor’ so many times I don’t really like it that much anymore. It’s a good song, but it’s suffered from overexposure. So, when I listened to 'Cosmo’s Factory' in its entirety, I was unexpectedly and pleasantly surprised at how great the non-hits are. The overplayed-hit-single Creedence I’ve grown a little weary of was born again while listening to the non-hit Creedence offerings, like the two late 50s/early 60s rockabillies ‘Ooby Dooby’ and ‘My Baby Left Me,’ or the traditional blues number, ‘Before You Accuse Me,’ or Motown’s ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine.’ Marvin Gaye had a bit of success with this one, too, for those of you who are hip to that genre. Creedence is a genuinely fine band. Don’t be fooled by their seemingly simple sound. While they may come across as loose, unrehearsed even- like the Rolling Stones- they are most certainly not! In fact, the LP’s title is a reference to how long and hard Fogerty near daily rehearsed his band, inspiring drummer Doug ‘Cosmo’ Clifford to dub the rehearsal space, ‘The Factory.’ And while the band may have suffered under their taskmaster, 'Cosmo’s Factory' sure benefited. ‘Course, Fogerty himself is really the star shining brightest. Oh me, oh my, that swampy, filthy mud-caked waders vibe he gets on his heavily reverbed guitar is as signature a sound as B.B. King’s or Jimi Hendrix’s or Neil Young’s or Eddie Van Halen’s. When 'Cosmo’s Factory' opens with ‘Ramble Tamble,’ and the listener hears that guitar, there is no question who’s putting pick to strings. And wow, that opening number: beginning with a slow, brackish groove before then launching into double time and then a rambling tambling ‘down the road’ we go! The next number, ‘Before You Accuse Me,’ reveals Fogerty not only playing down and dirty blues on his guitar, but piano as well. Who knew he played piano? Or saxophone?! That’s right, on the final, ‘Long as I Can See the Light,’ Fogerty does a nice little sax solo, too. Three songs, three comments: 1) ‘Run Through the Jungle,’ referencing the Vietnam war in which America found itself entrenched in the year 1970. Again, I’ve heard this hit a zillion times, but I was struck this time by the poetic lyrics (yes, Fogerty is a talented writer, as well): ‘Over on the mountain, thunder magic spoke. Let the people know my wisdom. Fill the land with smoke.’ The devil was most certainly on the loose, and Fogerty is radioing the soldiers to get their ass outta there, di di mau, run through the jungle, and ‘don’t look back to see.’ It’s hard to imagine any veteran of the Vietnam war not vividly recalling their own experience upon hearing this song. Very powerful. Evoking an emotion such as this is song writing at its finest. 2) ‘Long as I Can See the Light,’ features rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty and bassist Stu Cook on harmony duties complimenting Fogerty’s melody, but in the spirit of full SATB parts, including a prominent bass harmony, something rarely, if ever, heard in rock music, and more often in a church congregation singing old gospel standards. 3) ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine,’ clocking in at eleven minutes, the last eight of which are Creedence just jammin’ away like their fellow San Franciscan mates, Grateful Dead. The snobby music critic Ralph Gleason wrote that Creedence is an example of the Third Generation of San Francisco bands,’ with the meaning that they weren’t as good as the Dead, for example. And Creedence was definitely doing something very different from the other bay bands (Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the like.) But their cover of ‘Grapevine’ may be understood as a big ‘fuck you’ to Gleason. We can jam, too, just like the acid rockers; but, in our own way. And that, and everything else about this terrific LP allows me to replace my middle finger likewise extended to Gleason with a more positive thumb up for Creedence and 'Cosmo’s Factory.'

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5

There isn't a bad song on this. Actually, nothing short of "fucking great". Am I about to hand out two 5s in a row? I think so! exciting times. 5/5.

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Absolutely outstanding, John Fogerty knew what the hell he was doing.

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Putting on a Creedence record is like answering the door to an old friend. Except this old friend still manages to surprise. If you haven't heard them for a while it's easy to forget how great Fogerty's voice is. The wonderful thing about Cosmo's Factory is that it's littered with hits, but the less well known songs are also brilliant. It has variety, it rocks, it has several killer riffs. There is one fault: Why is Heard It Through the Grapevine so long? Ramble Tamble is long, but it never bores. Creedence did the best version of Grapevine (that riff alone, let alone the vocal). The first coda is fine, but they needed to stop. Doesn't stop it getting five stars.

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Great album top to bottom

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5

I knew the hits of course, but the rest of this album is just as if not more amazing.

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I grew up on CCR so I knew I was going to enjoy this album. It wasn't AMAZING or LIFE-CHANGING but it still gets a 4.5 from me, which I'll probably round up to a 5 on this scale. I didn't know Ramble Tamble, but it's opening had my interest from the get-go. Favorite songs are Travelin Band, Lookin Out My Back Door, and Up Around the Bend. (Update- I can tell I love this album because I've put it on as background music twice :) I'll bump the score up to a straight 5.)

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Most of your favorite Creedence songs are on this album, at least the ones you remember from the movies. I personally ride hard for "Ramble Tamble" and find "Who'll Stop The Rain" to be close to perfect. We should probably talk about the album cover, as we always should when it comes to Creedence. Yes, John is trying to be coy by hiding on the drum kit, but he's not fooling anyone. That's his subtle way of letting the world know he's responsible for everything on this album. I'm guessing this is the only picture of actual drummer Doug Clifford on a ten-speed bicycle. I can't even get into his outfit. I'm blaming John Fogerty for that fashion faux pas. Doug Clifford deserved better. Fuck it, that wife beater over a short sleeve shirt pushes this thing to a 5 with a bullet.

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Un classique, c’est comme un best of pour etre franc cest un super album rock intemporel. 5

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Aware of the singles and the grooving Grapevine, my first impression is utter amazement at the brilliance of the opening song until it lingers just a little too long on one musical phrase before returning to the rocking first part again. Just awesome. I think Cosmo's shows distills the essence of CCR better than any of their preceding bluesy albums with elements of all their styles (rock n roll, blues, soul, country, "swamp" and psychedelic). I'll have to listen to their earlier albums again now, but I think this is my favourite CCR. Essential.

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5

Fantastic rock album. CCR never disappoints in their limited albums. This one has a couple covers and some absolute classics. Could listen to this album all day. Doherty has an amazing ability to belt out some solid swampy rock songs. The instrumentals are groovy, funky, and fun. It’s quick, cohesive, energetic. Probably their best album and collectively my favorite. Not much wrong with this. 8.7/10

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If you were to ask me to start naming Creedence Clearwater Revival songs at least five off this album likely would have come to mind. Several other songs on this album seemed familiar. So even though I don’t believe I have ever listened to this album, I have hoid most of it somewhere along the way. It’s remarkable that so many hits came from this album. Great, classic CCR.

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Boy, CCR sure knows how to start a song. Even songs that aren't my favorite, I hear the beginning and think, "Aw, yeah!" (e.g. Up Around the Bend). Most of the time, though, they follow through with a great song and exquisite guitar work. Part blues, part country, all bayou, and all rock-n-roll.

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I do enjoy me some Creedence Clearwater Revival, at least every so often, but I think that I only ever listened to the Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits album...which more of half of this album contributed to. I was so pleased to discover some other gems on this album. Spent my time listening today bouncing in my seat and singing-along. On one track (My Baby Left Me), I could not resist clapping along. (Keep your hands on the steering wheel!!!) Great fun!

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I was unaware just how short a window Creedence Clearwater Revival's existence was. They did a lot of amazing things in that time. This album is packed with great songs and awesome music, sounding like a true bridge between the birth of rock 'n' roll and the emerging 70s.

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Old times rock & roll. Vinilazo.

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I don't know how I had never heard this album before, but I'm glad I have now! Stylistically the songs are a bit all over yet it all feels cohesive. Killer album, easy 5/5 stars

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Good New Orleans swamp rockabilly played by folks who grew up in the suburban Bay Area. John Fogerty is a powerhouse vocalist and a fantastic guitar player. These songs are tight, well written, and a lot of fun to listen to. Most of these songs can be found on greatest hits compilations which really goes to show how great this album is. Creedence is accessible and commercial without the psychedelic rock trappings that alienated listeners in the late 60s and 70s. They are one of those bands who found a way to innovate within the genres that came before and carve out a unique sound that is solely their own.

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Another band I love like the eagles that I love their song but not familiar with the albums. Need to investigate them.

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El que va fer aquesta gent en tan sols dos anys és fora de tota lógica. Sis albums excel.lents, sense gairebé fisures. 'Cosmo's Factory' els agafa a la part final de la seva bogeria creativa, i és possiblement el millor de tots els seus treballs. Des del blues rock de 'Before You Accuse Me' a la sensibilitat de 'Who'll Stop the Rain' o 'Long As I Can See the Light', tot és pura joia i inspiració desbordada pels quatre cantons

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4

A classic! Glad I got to discover more than just the hits here. I understand why my dad loved them so much.

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4

I love this band so much

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4

You can smell the bourbon dripping off this. boogie woogie blues that’ll put a smile on your Face.

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4

Great album

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4

Amazing music and a good selection of tracks, sadly no song stuck out to me that much but still an amazing record

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4

Very bleak and a hard listen. I appreciate the influence had on many of the bands I dig like Nirvana. An early indie inception of NIN. Lacks the teeth of it industrial baby. Isolation stands out.

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4

Excellent - added to the must buy list.

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Loved it, great stuff, keeping 5s for really amazing stuff

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Lookin out my Backdoor - sehr bekannt, wusste bisher nicht von wem es Ist. Up around the Bend - auch von denen??? Whaaat?

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It's weird reviewing this album directly after the Black Crows album, because they are both white-boy blues albums. This, however, feels much more authentic. CCR seem much more like they are playing their version of the blues rather than doing an impression of the blues. This album starts out really strong with some songs that I wasn't familiar with, and then proceeds to get into a string of songs released as singles that I really enjoy, like Lookin' Out My Back Door, Run Though the Jungle, Up Around The Bend, and Who'll Stop The Rain. Honestly, the cover art may be the worst thing about this album. What in the hell were they thinking? 4/5

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Classic, good, nice.

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I had a great time listening to this album. CCR's energetic, blues-heavy brand of rock is on full display throughout these 11 tracks, all of which are well-crafted and worth a listen. Some of the band's biggest hits, like 'Up Around the Bend', 'Lookin' Out My Back Door', and 'Who'll Stop The Rain' are all here, but even deeper tracks like 'Ooby Dooby' or 'My Baby Left Me' are delights to listen to. One of the biggest stand-outs here is John Fogerty's voice - he can really belt these tracks out, and the slightly gravel-y quality to his tone adds so much to the overall impact of the songs. Great album.

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4

Better than I anticipated. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did, although a few songs were way too long.

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This album contains some of CCRs greatest hits. The album starts off strong with Ramble Tamble, which has a green grass and high tide guitar sound. The album does not tie the songs together. I can't seem to detect a theme to the album. I really liked this album.

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I love Frank. I love Jobim. I love Bossa Nova. I love 60s orchestral arrangements. Sign me up

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4-5

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I really liked the style

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Lots of classic songs. Mix of soul and western. Vocals are cool, have swagger and super distinct. Not a lot of diversity.

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Epic! I Heard It Through the Grapevine is one of the best songs ever created.

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Just a fantastic album

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Could've done with another 20 minutes of Heard it through the grapevine, what a jam

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Timeless, excellent tunes.

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My rational stats brain tells me that if anything it's a sign of actual randomness (or at least pretty good pseudo-randomness), but this run of Credence strikes me odd because none of us are truly rational deep down. This is another good 'un, anyway.

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Weer een steengoed album van CCR, kwam mij niet heel bekend voor behalve een nummer die Oos Joos heeft gecoverde

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This just has that classic album sound. It's almost impossible to go about your life without hearing a Creedence Clearwater Revival song given how synonymous their music has been associated with the 60s and 70s American Dream and general zeitgeist of the time but I don't think I'd heard a song from this album before. Despite that, it all felt nostalgic and familiar. Perhaps this is the strongest quality to CCR's music. Cosmo's Factory has a classic American sound. Songs like Lookin' Out My Back Door has a distinctly southern country sound while also keeping that typical rock and roll aggression of the era. Another thing I really appreciate about rock albums are their ability to sound introspective. It's easier to make an album of bops but managing to work in a few slow jams that fit in the context of the track listing is an accomplishment in and of itself. Long As I Can See The Light is a sexy ballad that shows off the soft side of Cosmo's Factory. Yes, it is difficult to differentiate some of these songs but it's important to remember this is an album from an era gone by where music was intended to be heard as a project rather than as individual singles. A closing note on the album; The quality of this album is really illustrated by how seminal it sounds. The melodies and grooves of CCR sound very familiar and that's because they've influenced so many more modern musicians across many genres. That's hugely impressive.

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Great vocals, cool jams

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I love creedence

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It’s ccr probably my favorite album from them

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terrific album

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Fun album with a lot of great songs. And some Jam Band stuff too. Very pleasing.

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Amazing. Probably my favorite CCR album. 9/10 1. I Heard it Through the Grapevine 2. Who'll Stop the Rain 3. Long as I Can See the Light

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Creedunce Shitwater

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Pretty chill album, easy listening Favourite song: I heard It Through The Grapevine

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I like an album that jumps through a bunch of genres - classic rock and roll, psychedelia, country, folk rock - good fun! Fave track - "Lookin' Out My Back Door", for the Lebowski connection, heh, which also probably pushes the whole album up to 4 stars. But that's just, like, my opinion, man.

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I wasn’t really looking forward to this one. My tolerance for Fogerty’s voice has about a three song limit, and I’ve heard the hits a million times. But holy shit “Ramble Tamble”! That’s a bold way to start a record and I loved it. More of that, please. Also, I had no clue that the unedited version of “Grapevine” was 47 minutes long. It’s a bit much.

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Really fun! Almost every song was great but the duds...oof. There were a couple rough ones for sure.

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cool one, straigth up full of hits

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Lots of favorites from my teens! I was 12 when this was released

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Why is “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” 11 mins long?

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I was never a fan of CCR or hillybilly music so I went into this with some trepidation. However, I was pleasantly surprised, Ramble Tamble had a nice jangly geetar and I was surprised at the number of classic hits I recognized - Looking out my back door, Who'll stop the rain and Up around the bend, but my favourite was the groovy vintage 10 speed with chrome forks and clip on pedals on the cover. If there were half stars I'd give it 3.5, but I'll round it up for its historical significance

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Good album—reminded me of Uncle Tim.

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That song did not need to be 11 minutes

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Really really good tunes on this album.

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It's very nice to listen some great classic like this.

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“Cosmo’s Factory” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970) Boomers’ delight. With lyrics from the hallucinatorily loopy (“Lookin’ Out My Back Door”) to the profound (“Who’ll Stop the Rain?”), CCR provides a colorful collage of intelligent entertainment. John Fogerty’s talents on lead vocal, lead guitar, harmonica, and even saxophone are on full display. This band is not afraid to include extended jams and tempo variations, lifting their arrangements above the standard top 40 dance along ho-hums. The Fogerty’s brothers’ duets on the choruses of “Up Around the Bend” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain?” are another fine example of ‘sibling blend’ that provides choral vocal cohesion. This is music that endeavors to make your head bob along, nearly always with success. Chord structures and lead licks are simple enough to inspire teenagers to play along, and we did. Virtuoso cowbell performance on “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Doug Clifford. Just kidding. (Actually, I’m not. Listen to the whole thing). This album takes you back, or (if you’re younger) gives you a good introduction to what it was all about as the 60s came to close. 4/5

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Biggest sleeper genre for me - Swamp rock. I just love something about this sound and I literally cannot place it.

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An unmistakably american sound from an era where Brit bands ruled. John Fogerty had the perfect voice for his rootsy music & he was a hit machine (5 on this album). I like the occasional changes in tempo, like in the lead off track. A nice version of Grape Vine but it didn't need to be 11 minutes.

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The first song was 4 minutes too long, and then it turned into a new song and that was cool. My favorite track Grapevine is about 8 minutes too long But still it's a 10/11 for me so far, if this song would just end then I can get to the last track. OMG 2:30 to go I am so tired of this noodling AMG seems to agree with me about grapevine: Unlike some extended instrumentals, this was dramatic and had a direction -- a distinction made clear by the meandering jam that brings CCR's version of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" to 11 minutes. Ok maybe not agree, but it was too long Long as I see the light, is a great ending song. It sounds exactly what the last song of the night should sound like.

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Awesome album, so many good songs. Voice is epic

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Wow, what a unit! These guys really know how to build a song, mastering their compositions to bring everything together in perfect harmony. It may seem like simple rock on the surface, but the way these songs are played blows me away. Only hangups is that it loses some steam on Side B and singer Fogerty is not a favorite of mine. For a tight, all-around superb Swamp Rock record, this is your go-to.

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I never owned any CCR but liked them. This album is mighty fine Bayou sound

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top

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I'm curious if Ashton's new whitewater employer has a minimum listening requirement of this album. "Ashton! How can you expect to paddle around the bend without getting in 10 'Up Around the Bend's in before 7am!". You must ponder perpetual motion to unlock that crystal day. They may be Berkeley boys cosplaying as southern swamp rats, but IDGAF, it's toe tappin' good tunes. Dip a paddle for me, Ashton.

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Interesting thing about this album, the only thing that matches the music being created by their contemporaries it at the time is the breakdown on “Ramble Tamble.” This album is weird because it sounds and feels like it is from the previous generation—roots music and R&B of the 50s and 60s. Should their countrifying of R&B standards lose any credit? Maybe, except for fogarty’s voice the songs aren’t doing anything revolutionary. However, the instant classics on this album like, “lookin’ out my back door” “run through the jungle” “up around the band” “who’ll stop the rain” and “as long as I can see the light” are undeniable, they are so good, that even though they sound like they should’ve been made 5 yrs earlier, they’re still monumental, timeless even. It’s the soundtrack to any late 60s early 70s and any Vietnam period piece. Now the question is: is the music soo evocative of the late 60s that it begs to be the soundtrack? Or is it that their use in film soundtracks has created the trope which made them the soundtrack for the late 60s. From my POV I can’t say. But it almost feels like the songs are simply that evocative. I’d cut the covers. A, 4.

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Ramble Tamble! My favorite all time CCR song - a big psychedelic journey that's always stood out from their swampy catalogue. That plus an 11 minute Grapevine make this their best album for me. Who'll Stop the Rain reminds me of rain delays at Rainiers games, even though I think it's about politics. Fogerty and baseball are forever bound (put me in coach!). Some of the 50s ooby dooby business is an instant skip, but otherwise a near perfect album. A-

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Classic rock n roll album full of southern style tunes. Almost all CCR’s hits are on this album and the others are still very enjoyable. 4 Stars!

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Superb - I heard it through the grapevine is particularly good.

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Excellent!

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Ich bin großer Fan - auch wenn hier nicht meine ganz großen Favoriten dabei sind, das war gleich ein ganz deiner Start in den Tag.

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Foot stompers.

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Wry hood

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Damn, I did not expect this one to be this good. Knew almost every song and enjoyed every one. Great blues, even if a little self indulgent at times. You go CCR!

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Oright

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A decent album with some amount of variation in the different types of music.

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bluesy fun stuff prob would give it a 3.5 i’m gonna round to 4 tho bc it’s better than a 3

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John Fogerty has a voice that was born for rock n roll.

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Great CCR album. A bit 12-bar heavy, but there are some classic hits.

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Pretty chill ngl I have heard some of those songs but didnt have a band to match them to

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Another classic CCR album.

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For me this is Creedence's last great album, and boy do they go out with a bang. My favourite song on the album is Ramble Tamble, which I think was unlucky to not get the recognition as much as songs like Baba O'Riley, as it really is an epic album opener, very ahead of its time. Overall, this is a very fun album which I enjoyed very much, Fogherty's guitar is solid and sometimes spectacular. This album is full of charisma and holds defining CCR numbers as well as their more varied pieces, GREAT!

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Pretty good, we enjoyed it

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why is this vietnam bush speaking weird language??

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Rockin’ Good!

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Вообще, пару лет назад была мысля глубоко познакомиться c Creedence Clearwater Revival после Fortunate Son. Но возникла ситуация «один трек – збс, остальные – такое», которая редко, но случается. Сейчас же, вдумчивая переслушивая единый альбом, понимаю, что не всё так просто. Есть хорошие треки. Они другие и не то, чтобы их ритм прям совпадал с ритмом моего сердца, но язык не повернётся сказать, шо цэ прям «такое». Уже первый трек тупо крутой. Меня в начале этот рутс-рок оттолкнул, но потом прогрессиивные запилы просто в транс ввели. Уверен, кто-то скажет, мол тупо одну тему зациклили зачем-то, динамику альбома рушит. Но я прям дико пропёрся, «зациклили» бы отдельным треком хоть на 10 минут – кайфанул бы. Потом, правда, много дженерик батя-рок, блюзец, роцк-н-рол, вот 3 трека скипнуть можно. Lookin’ Out My Back Door – приятный, внятный, запоминающийся трек. Up Around the Bend впервые услышал в 16-битном или каком там формате в Guitar Hero IV для мобилки, тогда показалась слишком навязчивой. Ныне также кажется, но плохим треком не нареку. Последние три трека тоже годнота – то что ожидаешь от классики роцка: запоминающиеся вокальные партии, яркие гитарные запилы, внятные мелодии, композиционное и инструментальное разнообразие. Будто слушаешь первый раз и выкупаешь, что достойно. В общем, выкупил-таки походу прикол Creedence. А чё там с оценкой? Местами прям балдёж, а не вежливое «хорошо», так что вроде бы и больше 4. Но всё же часть треков выкинул бы, да и в этом состоянии не то, чтобы есть желание на плеер кинуть. Посему и не 5. Ввиду отсутствия оценки 4,5 – ставлю 4. Но такой батя-рок отцу бы посоветовал, если попросил чё. P.S. Эти обложки из рода «тэк-с, у нас тут музыкальный альбом новый, давайте наш общий фото альбом пошарим» немного мешают воспринимать альбомы как что-то культовое, художественной ценности, концептуальности не хватает малясь.

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Люто смешанные чувства по поводу этого всего. Поясняю: когда в первый раз врубил альбом, то случайно оставил рандомный шаффл и забыл об этом. Получилось так, что первыми двумя песнями попались, собственно, эпичнейшая открывашка и просто охуенная I Heard It Through the Grapevine (ну, по крайней мере первые её 5 минут), в связи с чем начал сразу же задумываться о том, чтобы пятёру ёбнуть. Ну тупо адовейшие песни с очень сочными гитарными партиями, охуенным грувом и сыгранностью. Но потом заметил, что у меня стоит рандом, и включил правильный порядок... ну и ебало само скукурузилось, канеш. Я обычно про альбомы заранее не читаю, поэтому почти всё первое прослушивание в голове стояла тупо одна и та же мысль: "бля, я же это слышал уже". Причём не то чтобы "этот стиль", а буквально, вот, эти песни, эту музыку. Что-то мутное, никогда особо меня не интересовавшее, но всё-таки появлявшееся в моей жизни. Ну хули, глянул список песен - а там тупо почти половина каверов. Причём каверов, бля, на кринжатуру какую-то ссаную: уди буди, бля, май бейби лефт ми. Ну ёбаный рот, у меня в голове Криденс - это яростнейшая группа боевых пацифистов, которые максимально хрипло и сурово поют о войне во Вьетнаме. А тут я ебал, сука, уди-буди, уди-буди, уди-буди... тут даже рифмы нет! фу блять, фу нахуй. Ну и конечно Грейпвайн тоже оказался кавером. Причем я послушал оригинал - он бля лучше в миллион раз, эта рокенрольная аранжировка убивает смиренный вайб песни, ну а 5-минутное дрочево в конце просто сознанием не фиксируется, начинаешь тупо в стену залипать или в телефон, самый прессный соляк, что слышал за долгое время (а я слушал грейтфул дед, между прочим). Но. Выплеснув своё недовольство, я всё же не могу не признаться себе, что ну на сааааамом деле альбом-то качает. Вот именно в плане исполнения, сыгранности, грува. Не зря название пластинки напрямую отсылает к репбазе, где Джон Фоггерти заставлял группу репетировать каждый день. Кстати, в том же выпуске, где Тодд в Тенях шутил по поводу Джаггера-Свагера, у него была ещё и шутка, что Фоггерти снова станет популярным, если подростки изобретут слово Шмоггерти. Ну я не против, тащемта, вокалер и гитарист он всё-таки топовый, хотя я вот эту реднекскую хрипотцу и не перевариваю особо (больно уж к Перл Джему отсылает). Ну что ещё сказать. Те песни, что оригинальны - они годные, на самом деле. Я вообще без понятия, за кой хуй надо было тащить в оригинальный альбом всех заебавшие рокабилли стандарты и ебучее кантри, без них только выиграли бы. В общем, я наверное даже попереслушиваю на досуге, очень уж пиздато звучит это всё, хотя музло не всегда мне близкое. С оооочень большими усилиями натягиваю сову на глобус и ебашу 7 уди из 10 буди, за первый трек хотя бы. вот.

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ccr again I guess

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Pretty good album

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If its good enough for the dude, its good enough for me. Ramble Tamble is an amazing opener as well.

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Great easy listening rock, impossible not to like

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Excellent from start to finish. I love the long breaks and solos, particularly in "I heard it through the grapevine" and the first song "Ramble Tamble". Great lyrics in that one too. Great mix of CCR and tunes and covers

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first 5 seconds great and then the rest too Good to run too Like a greatest hits

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Another great CCR swamp rock album. Too bad fogerty couldn't do it on his own.

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Leuk Rock 'n roll album

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pretty good I liked the blues, not the country very much tho I’d give it a 7/10, maybe worth another listen

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Top down!

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Well now.... What to say. Before getting into Creedence, a quick appreciation of the two albums that preceded it in my 1001 album list - 'Led Zeppelin II' and the Beastie Boys’ 'Ill Communication' – which, for some reason, I was unable to write reviews for on this platform. Both brilliant albums that have been formative to me at certain points in my life, so maybe it's better I don't review them and simply wax lyrical about their genius. I was able to give them both star ratings though, in any case - 4 for each. Mainly because Led Zep have one album I prefer beyond 'Led Zeppelin II' and Beastie Boys...well, I don't know?! Why not 5 stars?! I think I probably would revise that rating now, in hindsight. But maybe it’s because deep down I think ‘Hello Nasty’ is a better album. I’m still not sure if that’s true. Subconsciously it must be. But anyway, Creedence Clearwater. A band whose music it’s impossible not to associate with iconic films. In the case of ‘Cosmo’s Factory’, it’s ‘Lookin’ Out My Backdoor’, which instantly conjures up images of The Dude setting fire to his crouch in ‘The Big Lebowski’. Simply put, this is a loveable album. What makes ‘Cosmo’s Factory’ so enduring is the fact that it’s essentially an album of rock and roll standards, blues riffs and rockabilly covers, and yet there’s a pop signature to it that makes every song a joy to listen to. Even their ‘Heard it Through the Grapevine’ cover, which at 11 minutes long should be insufferable, somehow passes by in a sort of ephemeral doobie-smoke haze. Understandably, it wasn’t Creedence’s intentions to make an endless string of songs that were so goddam catchy. They pushed back against this image regularly. But perhaps a quote in the Wikipedia entry for ‘Cosmo’s Factory’ summarises this one best: "While San Francisco longhairs across the bridge scoffed at their commercialism, Creedence henceforth made a point of releasing double A-sides. And invariably both songs would have an uncanny knack of cutting through to all sections of the population." Perhaps it’s the combination of catchy riffs with John Fogerty’s unmistakable voice that cuts through songs with a sort of Manson family menace, but ‘Cosmo’s Factory’ remains an album you can turn to, randomly select a song from and always have your spirits lifted by. How many of their longhair contemporaries from ‘across the bridge’ can say that?!

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Didn't get a proper listen to this. It sounds very 70s but still got a good feel to it. Will revisit I think.

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Bangers all the way through. Some of them sound pretty similar would be my only critique.

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161021 13:04 4

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Drinking-beer-on-a-patio music.

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I got this just a few days after another CCR, so I can't help but compare them. This doesn't have the barnstorming power of Bayou Country. The long jams like Ramble Tamble or Grapevine don't quite amaze, or keep the booty shaking. And while all the parts sound nice and tight, it also sounds like it was recorded in a antiseptic studio, not a dank basement. That's not well-suited to the jams. But these things which hurt the jams do all kinds of favors for the shorter, disciplined tracks. Great for making dinner and singing along, whereas Bayou Country might be more for a party or a stoner's night in.

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Never listened all the way through until now. Solid album with no bad songs!

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Love this band, fell in love with their stuff years back, definitely played a part in my love of 60s and 70s rock Tracks 5-7, what a run of classics

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Good but not my favorite of the era, was pleasantly surprised by some pretty good CCR tracks I haven’t heard before

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4.5

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Travelin band

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Grooving rockabilly. "Up Around the Bend" the stand-out for me (and the only track I'd really heard before) but the whole album is full of gems.

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The best of this album IMO: - Ramble Tamble - Run Through The Jungle - My Baby Left Me - I Heard It Through the Grapevine Didn't know this band until today (Nov. 23th 2021). Sounds like a classic. Hard jams. Groovy. Delicious. The kind of songs you hear in cool movies. 4.0/5

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ok thanks dad yeah i like it

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Fun record. CCR is kind of an easy win for me though with their 60's swamp blues rock. They seem a bit underrated to me in terms of classic rock and I've never really spent a lot of time with their records aside from Green River. I think Green River is a stronger album than this one but maybe not by a lot and that might just be my personal bias. I should really go back and listen to more of their stuff.

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Jättebralåtar, alla topbangers infinner sig på denna platta. amerikansk rock när den är som bäst! Har lyssnat skitmycket på dessa, kommer lyssna skitmycket på dessa!

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I like the upbeat sounds in this one, I gotta say. Pretty funky tunes.

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3.75

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Lose the tracks not written by John Fogerty (except for Grapevine) and you’ve got a 5 star album.

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Good stuff!

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Very solid album. A bunch of hits surrounded by pretty good deep cuts.

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Basically anything CCR is a classic. I really enjoy this one, lots of really good ones on it, probably not my favorite of their discography though.

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Like Kings of Leon

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Classic Creedence, easy 70s style classic rock.

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Flere fede cover numre og hans stemme er altså noget specielt

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Great album! Tons of hits plus those you don't hear on the radio. Classic swamp rock!

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I remember in middle school trying to look up guitar tabs for Creed songs on ultimateguitar and Creedence always came up first and I was like "who are these guys I just wanna learn Creed". The blunder years for sure. Even since then, I can't say I've really listened to CCR in earnest or in a deliberate way. Just the hits/singles over the years. So this might be one of the first album listens. Ramble Tamble is a strong start. Really liking the psych-energy and extended jams. After this, it gets into what I would expect from an extended catalog. It's all good but I'm not a huge fan of rockabilly/swamp rock. I do appreciate the weird noises on Run Through the Jungle. I've definitely heard Up Around The Bend, that's definitely the quintessential CCR sound to me. Surprisingly I've heard "My Baby Left Me" as well, not sure where but kind of surprised since it's a lesser played track on Spotify. Anyways, while overall enjoyment may be around a 3.5 the quality is definitely 4-4.5 so I'll have to go with a 4.

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Album really jerks a person around, going from "Ramble Tamble's" unpredictable wankery to getting hit over the head with "Before You Accuse Me" then back to fun but contentless "Traveling Band" & "Oobie Doobie", then to the classic "Lookin Out My Back Door"... Given how productive they were in a few short years, makes me wonder if they weren't just letting things come out and not thinking about them too much - the hits came naturally alongside the misses. Many of these songs have become monstrous on the American consciousness and are inseparable from the era - can you listen to a song like "Run Through The Jungle" for example without scenes of the Vietnam war playing in your head?

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Pretty good, would listen again

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Classic!

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What I figure the 70's was exclusively playing.

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9/10

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This is a definite hit parade. Although I've never listened to this album before I quickly realized that I already knew maybe 7 songs. I've often found it hard to separate my built-up biases over the years with being objective. In this case with CCR, I always feel like I never *ever* want to hear them again - always the same stuff on terrible classic radio in any city [see any of the 60s/70s bands, there's a list of 5-6 songs per band that have been played to death for decades]. But none of that is/are the bands' faults - and in this case I'm finding it's almost like hearing CCR for the first time, listening in an album format rather than a Two-For-Tuesday on Rock101. Personal favourites are "Up Around The Bend", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and the odd album opener "Ramble Tamble" which sounds like it probably would be more suited as an album closer but maybe that's why I liked it. The big negatives for me are that I'm not a fan of the bluesy remakes ("Before You Accuse Me" "My Baby Left Me" and the silly "Ooby Dooby") at all, but oddly I really like the absurdly-long "... Grapevine" a lot. Even if it's a little too often no-frills for my liking, this is classic American rock and probably required listening for anyone looking to tap into popular music as the 60s led into the 70s. 8/10 4 stars.

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fun like aye, good energy to most the tracks and they didn't seem to take themselves too seriously. couple song had some proper ray davies' riffs like

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Who'll stop the rain is a classic. Some other fun classic stuff.

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If you told me a mere year ago that we would all be stuck at home because of a virus that was catalyzed by one man's eating habits, I'dve asked you what you were smoking, and if you still had any left. Yet, here we are, Year 2 PA (Pandemic Age), and crazier things have happened. Like the fact that I am about to review a country-rock album that I actually did not hate. To be fair, Creedence Clearwater Revival are a swamp rock band, mixing blues and rock with the finer points of country like honky-tonk. CCR might've been from California, but they Cosmo's Factory played like a soundtrack right out of the South; songs like Ooby-Dooby played right into the boogie-woogie textbook, and Travelin' Band is a classic blues study case. My favorite song though, was the opening track Ramble Tamble, a bluesy hard rock number that delved a little bit into drone-y psyche territory (it was the 70s after all) before finding its way back to kick you in the butt. Overall, this writer was pleasantly surprised with this album. A rough and rowdy rock outing full of swagger, roots and Southern Charm to make this a captivating listen from start to finish. Would revisit when the mood strikes, which will be soon.

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Pretty darn great, classic rock

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A legendary album. I put it on while making dinner and the vibes are just right.

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It's basically creedences greatest hits album

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After listening to that I feel hungover from too much moonshine, and drenched in sweat from the bayou. I am not complaining, Cosmo's Factory takes you to a particular time and place, that is for sure. Creedance aren't what I usually listen to but this has some raucous good tunes on it so I would mind giving it another listen one hot afternoon

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“Cosmo’s Factory” is one of a streak of four universally lauded albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival, released just a couple of years apart in a frenzy of creativity that was too fast paced for even half the band to keep up with. Frontman and songwriter John Fogerty's intense work ethic drove the band to churn out as many singles as possible, ensuring the B-side was of equal quality to the A-side. It's understandable that it drove a spike of tension through the band, but for the listener it's fantastic: “Cosmo’s Factory” alone has a very high concentration of single-ready songs (about two thirds of its tracks can be found on any CCR greatest hits album). For the most part, "Cosmo's Factory" is a bright and breezy showcase of a band firing on all cylinders. In particular, the run in the middle of the album boasts the stellar up-tempo blues of "Travelling Man", the sun-soaked country rock of "Lookin' Out My Back Door", and the sing-a-long, clap-a-long anthem "Up Around the Bend". These wonderful tracks are interspersed with the more weighty "Run Through the Jungle" and "Who'll Stop the Rain", taking a damning view of the Vietnam war without getting too bogged down in heavy-handed commentary. All five are excellent, and all were released as singles. Elsewhere on the record, "Ooby Dooby" is a little more lightweight by comparison and a clear answer to "Tutti Frutti", but still carries an infectious energy. For me, the two weakest here are the covers of two 50’s blues standards: Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me” and Arthur Crudup’s “My Baby Left Me”. They’re both fine and the band turn in committed performances as always, but they’re hardly electrifying in comparison with the album’s peaks. We then get to the matter of "Cosmo's Factory"'s two longest tracks: an 11 minute jam of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and the sprawling opener "Ramble Tamble" with it's psychedelic-leaning instrumental middle. It's a puzzling decision to use these tracks to take up half the album where the rest of it is very brisk, catchy and concise: perhaps a result of the lightning-speed the band were working at, and an easy way to fill in the running time along with some covers. What the songs are good for, though, is allowing the band some crucial time to step out of the shadow of John Fogerty's awesome grizzled vocals... and into the shadow of his almost-as-awesome lead guitar. While the rhythm section lock together beautifully in both these songs, with simple and effective repetition, Fogerty is the clear star throughout. He even turns in keyboard and saxophone on the wistful closer "Long As I Can See The Light". All in all, this album is two-thirds five stars and only slightly let down by some weaker covers material and indulgent jamming. That said, it's still probably the highest four star I've given so far and has set me off on a kick of CCR's golden era.

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Love these songs and this band in general, but they do NOT know how to end a song

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Surprisingly cross-genre, almost jammy. Lots of hints of jazz, soul, and R&B in addition to CCR's southern rock core.

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Rock setentero, influenciado por la psicodelia. Buenos ritmos y guitarras. Excelente voz

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2 4s in a row! This is really fun, bags of energy and some cracking songs. Like the Doors, the psychedelics probably led them to be just a smidge overindulgent (not sure we really needed 11 minutes of Heard It Through The Grapevine), but there are some really good tracks in there. Up Around The Bend the stand out for me, but there are no bad tracks on it (although Ooby Dooby is not my thing).

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I really like CCR every time I listen to them.

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4

Solid collection of catchy hits!

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Muy bueno

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Well obvi I’m biased bc I love me some CCR but oof this was a dang bop! I was bobbin my head the whole time I was doing my silly little tasks. Title track great, who’ll stop the rain is a classic, and closing song finishes the album perfectly.

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*thumbs up*

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These guys play some good music. Ooby Dooby and I Heard it Through the Grapevine were my favorites.

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4.3 - Rock solid, uncluttered, soulful - a testament to the durability of no-nonsense American rock. So many classics on here: "Travelin' Band", "Lookin' Out My Back Door", "Run Through The Jungle", "Up Around the Bend." My only knock is with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" which, though inoffensive, doesn't hold a candle to Marvin Gaye's original, and falters with an extended jam section. "Long As I Can See The Light" is a new discovery that deserves many future listens.

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Great band, great album good old fashioned rock n roll on this album.

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I got this just a few days after another CCR, so I can't help but compare them. This doesn't have the barnstorming power of Bayou Country. The long jams like Ramble Tamble or Grapevine don't quite amaze, or keep the booty shaking. And while all the parts sound nice and tight, it also sounds like it was recorded in a antiseptic studio, not a dank basement. That's not well-suited to the jams. But these things which hurt the jams do all kinds of favors for the shorter, disciplined tracks. Great for making dinner and singing along, whereas Bayou Country might be more for a party or a stoner's night in. {Prior rated}

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Geggjuð plata. Mun hlusta á reglulega.

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Hi- Ramble Tamble, Run Through the Jungle Kicking off the show with Ramble Tamble is just a wonderful, soulful track, even clocking in at over 7 minutes, it just never wears out its welcome. It's a departure from the handful of short, punchy swamp rock tracks that we know from CCR. This whole album is undeniably CCR, but definitely more refined and evolved...Run Through the Jungle is an example of adding new layers to the tried-and-true CCR formula to make something even more special. A couple of incredible covers also grace the album, namely Roy Orbison's Ooby Dooby and Marvin Gaye's I Heard It Through the Grapevine, both are executed the only way CCR can, and to excellent effect. All in all, this is an excellent album from CCR, definitely a classic.

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Who doesn’t love a bit of CCR?!

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Much better than I thought it would be and not quite what I expected, much more to CCR than Bad Moon Rising...

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nostalgisk. jeg liker creedence. alt er bra. White-trashy og nice.

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A slightly frustrating album, in that it merits 4 stars rather than the 5 I had wished to give it. This is not the fault of the album, of course; it is the fault of me. Creedence Clearwater Revival were a brilliant band, and I had hoped to give one of their albums a 5-star salute. However, this isn't quite that album. I had earlier reviewed Bayou County and had given it 4, considering it skillful yet tentative, in that it seemed afraid to flat-out holler. Thankfully, that is not the case with Cosmo's factory. The problem is that the album lacks that vital spark needed to push it into the highest echelons. Like the Beatles, CCR were so prolific in such a short time, not every release of theirs demands veneration (shut up, you know I'm right). This album is not treading water at all, but maybe swimming too leisurely (I'm not a strong swimmer, so swimming metaphors might not quite be my forte.) The 1001 list, I contend, neglects to mention CCR's best album, Willy and the Poor Boys (at the very least, it contains their best song, Fortunate Son). And maybe I'm biased in wishing to give at least one CCR album the highest nod. Still, let's hope that Green River, the third CCR album on the list, knocks it into the back of the old onion bag, or else I'm going to be really gutted.

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"And was there anything of value in the car?' "Oh, uh, yeah, uh... a tape deck, some Creedence tapes, and there was a, uh... uh, my briefcase." If it's good enough for The Dude, it's good enough for me.

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I bet this is full of that 70s singing that Bort hates. Actually, it wasn't and was pretty good. Weird.

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does CCR count as a guilty pleasure or are they legit acceptable? does the dude listening to them legitimise them or is a band from San Francisco playing swamp rock and banging on about all the southern Mississippi stuff the epitome of uncool? i don't actually have an answer but this album stands up on its own pretty well considering i'm usually a 'the best of CCR' kind of guy.

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CCR is one of the best bands ever! This is such a great album. 9 Classics! Travelin' Band, Lookin' Out My Back Door, Run Through the Jungle, Up Around the Bend, Who'll Stop the Rain, Up Around the Bend, I Heard it Through the Grapevine, Long as I Can See the Light and Before You Accuse Me. Ramble Tamble isn't a bad song, but compared to the rest of the album is just doesn't seem to have the same wow-factor. They do a decent job making Ooby Dooby a CCR song, but it is probably my least favorite song on the album. Both I Heard It Through the Grapevine and Before You Accuse Me covers as well but they are both done exceptionally well and have that classic CCR feel to them. 4.5 /5

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Nice classic rock, exploring with very different subgenres of rock during the record

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I'm not a fan of Have You Ever Seen The Rain, but I do like Who'll Stop The Rain, which appears to have been released first? On another note, I don't get why they capitalise The in their titles.

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Like CCR

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Good old Rock‘n‘Roll

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Here's another group that is hit or miss for me, and mostly miss. This one, however, due to the diversity of the sound and musical stylings, resonated pretty well. I don't feel it enough to give it 4 stars, but it's a really solid 3 for me. Would listen again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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It's okay, comfortable, expected, not their best stuff, but listenable. Nothing spectacular, nothing terrible.

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It was okay, they all kind of sounded the same.

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2.5

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Great album. Some absolute classics on this album. Great guitar, just a great album

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i know its supposed to be oldie goodie but not up my alley...

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Not bad. Old school country rock.

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Happy folky music. Quite nice to hear it again.

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I like this rock'n roll band. Some rough edges. But nice instumental sound to the special souding voice.

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Couple awesome tracks, just don't like the cover songs.

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A few big hits. Feels like a jam band album

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Chill, typical CCR

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Not bad but not something I'd listen to regularly

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I wasn't sure if I was in the general mood to listen to this, but gave it a shot anyway. Not bad! A good, enjoyable listen of its time and era. Liked the fact that it's rhythmically varied, it's not all just run-of-the-mill blues-rock. It's got rock'n'roll, it's got soul, it's got R&B. That's how you do it.

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Groovy 70s rock and roll with a bit of country styling. I didn't care for it enough that I'm planning to ever come back to it again, but there are enough interesting moments to make it an enjoyable listen instead of an album I had to suffer through.

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Not horrible, but it doesn't say much to mee

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Set guitars to 'chooglin'' and plot a course for the bayou, Mr Fogerty

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Travelin' Band"/"Who'll Stop the Rain" Released: January 1970[1] "Up Around the Bend"/"Run Through the Jungle" Released: April 1970[1] "Lookin' Out My Back Door" Released: July 1970[1] "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" Released: January 1976[1]

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Solid rock and roll with a great guitar tone.

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A great album full of classic hits. Easy listening in the best way.

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Some good songs, some less interesting.

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dla kowbojow spoko

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Felt like a blend of 50’s sounds and classic rock, really liked it overall. Could see people dancing their butts off to this 60 years ago

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feel good songs, but can't take too much of it

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3/5 It interesting music, it doesn’t catch me.

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Has some more traditional straight-ahead rock 'n' roll numbers, but the sprouts of something truly special are evident too.

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Heeft een paar leuke nummers maar het stelt voor mij niet zo veel voor

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Great guitar tone. We have this record and listening piqued my interest again. I can't disassociate Fogherty's voice with "Put me in Coach" and that's too bad. But it is also associated with "Lookin' Out MY Back Door" which is such a great song. So it all balances out. Once thing I noticed this time listening is how proficient John Fogherty is on guitar (sorry Tom, not you, and you left the band after this record anyway). CCR has always seemed charmingly sloppy but they're actually really a tight and proficient band - a loose groove. Always amazed when bands can do that. Highlights: "Lookin' Out My Back Door" might be my favorite single. And, I'm sorry, but their version of "Grapevine" might be my favorite ever. Everything else just sort of sits together and doesn't stand out, almost as if it is by design.

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This is my second time hearing this album (switched to a group after about 30 albums generated). I'm actually glad to get another opportunity to rate this album, because I believe I rated it too high the first time. It's a decent album, but 3 stars for me (rated it 4 the first time).

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My last review of CCR (Green River) was: "Pleasant, functional, American rock'n'roll album. Not massively interesting, but enjoyable." Exactly the same applies here. This is a bit more varied and I enjoyed it more, but no more than a competent 3/5, as for Green River.

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vibe bem praiana tipo surfer rock up around the bend clássica

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I really liked Ramble Tamble.

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Surprised at the tunes I recognised. 3.5.

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Better than eco but somewhat dated.

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Nothing ground-breaking but good solid southern rock start to finish.

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Great roots/blues. Fun with the instrumentals. Genuine analog. I don't enjoy John Fogerty's vocals though.

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Enjoyable. Reminds me of my parents and being on the Murray River

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I think I get why they get on these kind of lists. I like the musicianship, but it somehow lacks personality (maybe I just don't like the singing). I couldn't connect. It feels like a few songs thrown together on an album. Highlight: Run Through The Jungle

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CCR is good.

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Much like Green River, I enjoy the high points on this album very much. There's a couple songs, covers mostly, that don't excite me so much. John Fogerty is such a great singer that he really makes even the lesser songs have some appeal. My only other gripe is that while "Grapevine" is a great song, 11 minutes is a bit much. 7/10

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Not bad at all. Worth another listen although there were some I don’t like. Overall positive.

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Well, it's just good grimy fun isn't it? It's nice to have some albums that aren't too SERIOUS in this list and this is one of those. Up Around the Bend, Oobie Doobie and the covers of Grapevine and Before You Accuse me are all great fun. Lookin out My Back Door is alarmingly close to skiffle - and I'm there for it.

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A simple blues rock record that's formulaic for the most part. Predictable bars with comforting chord arrangements make up a tidy musical presentation that manages to avoid being anemic. Its simplicity still gives it life through natural delivery of rock and roll - a largely cheerful listen.

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Cosmo’s Hit Factory more like, wot wot.

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Jag tycker detta var förvånandsvärt bra.

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Det var bra

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hahaha asså grapevine covern va ju katastrof! Men! Det är ju tyvärrrrrr så gosigt

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Best Song: Travelin' Band. Short and high tempo. Worst Song: Ooby Dooby. Because the chorus is "Ooby Dooby". Overall: More blues-y than I expected. Several songs that overstayed their welcome.

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Some of the more lively tunes from CCR's discography on this one, though after 3 of these LPs everything does tend to run together.

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Enjoyed it, didn't star any tracks though

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Knew more of these than I realised.

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CCR in a bottle! Their vocals are so distinctive, I think I'd know them anywhere. I enjoyed this one, and 'Run Through The Jungle' is my top pick (I also quite like 'Who'll Stop The Rain'. This is more of a 3.5 but it's not my normal vibe or distinctive enough really.

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some decent bluesy rock tunes, their more popular songs on other albums are better though

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Classic hits

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I actually quite enjoyed this album; I recognized a few songs but I really liked them all.

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Ooby dooby

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This had it's up and downs but was mainly pretty good! Ramble Tamble was a really impactful opener, Up Around the Bend was great, and there were some really fun grooves and a lot of amazing guitar playing across the record The cover of Grapevine dragged on a bit, but not as much as I expected I saw it was eleven entire minutes, so that's something On the other hand, it was peppered with a lot of quite generic blues/rockabilly stuff that just lacked any character, and Ooby Dooby was woefully shite

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Wasn't bad, but not my favorite. All of it sounds the same and it starts to drone after a bit.

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Swamp rock, isn't it? It's fun as a listen, it's full of jams and grooves. I can see why many love this band. It explores blues, rock, and country. And the bluesy tracks are the best imo.

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Ok blues. Couple of really good tracks, but Grapevine can fuck off. Some strange pronunciation on here too.

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alveg ok

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A bonus point for the Grapevine cover

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It is puzzling that a band from California gets to be called swamp rock.

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American music, made by Americans for Americans!

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Never overly liked CCD that much but they had some good songs on here. Ramble Tamble had a great middle instrumental bit, Up Around The Bend is a nice rocker, Who'll Stop The Rain is a welcomed slower pacer, and despite being 11 minutes, I Heard It Through The Grapevine was the best song on here with lots of room to breathe for some fantastic soloing and jamming. Just couldn't stand some of the other shorter songs with the old Country Rock vibe and John Fogerty's vocals at times.

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3.5/5 that was somewhat interesting. I'll have to relisten

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The music they played before my little league games.

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Bien. Pero no me ha encantado. 3

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Entirely OK.

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Good old boys playing good old rock n roll.

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Too poppy

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Overall, the album was ok, I have had one or two tracks before, but not the whole album. The sound of the album with country and rock ties made the album very fun to listen through as every track was different. You can tell that this band helped inspire others and riffs taken by other bands i.e., Led Zeppelin. If I saw the Creedence Clearwater Revival I would have been amazed. The main issue is the way this album has been mixed and produced at least on the Spotify version it sounded very flat. Multiple albums in this time area sound much better even album I have had on this site like Pearl by Janis Joplin. Great albums came out in this period like Paranoid, Kinks & Led Zeppelin. I hope to see a remaster or find a cover version of this album that fulfils the punch this album should have.

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It really has an amazing selection of tracks from the era... but i went from appreciating it to not being able to listen to fogerty's voice a long time ago. It deserves better than this, but "rain" and "light" are the only bearable songs.

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Un disco con bastantes canciones famosas de esta banda histórica. Me han gustado: Up around the bend y I heard it through the grapevine. Entiendo que sea un disco famoso con millones de escuchas en Spotify, pero para mi gusto aunque está más o menos bien no creo que se convierta en imprescindible.

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Loud and not my style save one track.

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11 minutes is a fucking joke

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For a brief period during my college years, I really liked CCR and listened to them a lot. I do love John Fogerty's guitar playing, and I absolutely get the importance of this band. That being said, I haven't listened to them in years. Nothing bad about it, just not interested anymore.

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I feel like I should have liked this album more than I did. It was a bit to country for my taste, had to control myself from yelling yeehaw a few times

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я хз это они этот стиль придумали или спиздили но я уже тысячу ебаных раз такое слышал

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Why all the CCR? Never been a fan.

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Too many cover versions to my taste. Sounds Like a good pub covers band

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I found it to be meh, not my jam

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Strange album. Bunch of 2 minute songs and then an 11 minute cover of 'Heard It Through The Grapevine' that goes on forever.

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Creedence hits at something faster, then settles into their groove. Not a bad album: Middle of the road as this list goes. But the main takeaway is the hits, which are less moving than they could be.

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Неплохо, но скучно. Не вызывает эмоций.

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Not for me

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“Oh don’t worry there’s only 2 songs left” and yet here we are 15 mins later still listening to this album. I think it was fun but bland and there’s no holy reason for a cover to last that long.

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Can't stop doing the OOBY DOOBY

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Plusieurs chansons m’étaient familières sur cet album. Pas un grand fan du groupe, mais les chansons plus soul sont bien.

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C’est correct. Ça tire en longueur sur tout un album. Visuellement, ça ne fit pas avec la musique. C’est organique par contre et ça fait un bon pont entre rock, blues et country. John Fogerty a vraiment une voix l’fun, mais quand on écoute les track live à la fin, on voit que c’est fragile.

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M'ennui de Bowie.... Pas mon band préféré, pas étonné que Little Richard les ai poursuivi... Clairement pas enregistré au click😅 surtout au début de l'album (je sais c'est voulu la shot en fin de toune) ça pousse pis ça tire de tout les bords dans la toune d'après... Grapevine : Il y a clairement 5 minutes de trop dans cette toune... Bon, assez chialé, les drums sonnent bien mettons...

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Greit å få ting unnagjort

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eh its fine

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Demasiado USA

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fælt

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Not into this at all.

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Æ mér leiðist CCR. Ofspilað shit, mest megnis.

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God damn hippies!

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Awesome Artwork!

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A classic however CCR has never really been my thing.

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