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Cosmo's Factory

Creedence Clearwater Revival

1970

Cosmo's Factory

Album Summary

Cosmo's Factory is the fifth studio album by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, released by Fantasy Records in July 1970. Six of the album's eleven tracks were released as singles in 1970, with five of them charting in the top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album spent nine consecutive weeks in the number one position on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 4x platinum by the RIAA in 1990.

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Rating

3.87

Votes

4933

Genres

  • Rock
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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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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

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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5

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

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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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5

Awesome album. Can listen to it wherever

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5

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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5

Love this album

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5

Put me in, coach

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5

Amazing

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5

Hell yea

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5

Very fun album to listen to.

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5

tia mi picchia

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5

AK: Great tunes!

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5

It was a great album!

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5

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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5

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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5

Classic

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5

A masterpiece.

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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

My dad’s kind of music, brought back memories

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5

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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5

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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

9/10, masterpiece OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO DOWN THE ROAD I GO

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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

CCR!!!!!

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5

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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5

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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5

Um clássico, imperdível.

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5

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

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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

Old times rock & roll. Vinilazo.

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5

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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5

A bunch of the classics I love!

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5

So many I knew didn’t realise were on this album

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5

Love this one; a classic.

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5

'nam

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Well, I know a couple of CCR tracks from here and there, but never listened to this album before. It's actually really good - very rock & roll. Sure, there's some country-ish twankiness (you can leave off the T if you prefer) but overall, this is rock & roll front and centre. And it's pretty damn good. Up Around The Bend is just a brilliant track - the opening! Wow! Could listen to this all day.

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It's just bloody fantastic

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CCR FTW! Curious about the explicit tag Spotify gives My Baby Left Me.

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5

Review #2 of 1001 Creedence Clearwater Revival is easily one of the most influential and talented bands of the 20th Century, and one of the most ubiquitous of what I'm calling the "Woodstock Rock" era of music. This album was incredible. 5/5

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There's a reason for their popularity. This was a great album

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5

Cosmo Kramer's Factory

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Banger

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5

With all these double A-side singles that they released at the time ..practically every song has been an evergreen hit. Previously rated the Bayou Country album (5 stars), but I always liked this album even more. Great opening song and on this album the JF originals are miles better than the cover songs except for IHITTGV.

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5

Outstanding

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5

Amazing album. A couple throw away songs but the rest is outstanding. I actually really liked the first song on the album. Great riffs.

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5

Brilliant

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Long as I can see the light. Het album waar dit nummer op staat is natuurlijk per definitie al het beste album van Creedence. Tja, op de best of albums na waarop je natuurlijk nog meer singles vindt dan op dit album (6 van de 11 nummers!). Het zuidelijke in de muziek (swamp rock, southern rock) zat er al in op de eerdere albums en - niet alle nummers zijn even goed - de breedte, met name de toevoeging van soul naast de rockabilly en country rock is groot. Prachtig.

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5

Amazing, this almost feels like a greatest hits album but it's not. The essence of CCR.

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5

Awesome album. Great music.

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5

Awesome album, loved the beat on all songs

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5

Great band truly one of the best

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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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4

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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4

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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4

Great vocals, cool jams

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4

I love creedence

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It’s ccr probably my favorite album from them

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4

terrific album

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4

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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4

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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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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