Album no. 138/1001
Welcome to the party Creedence! This is the second album from the blues rockers, and it includes ‘Proud Mary’, arguably their best known song.
Creedence released three albums in 1969, which is a pretty insane pace. Their debut had a lot more covers of blues numbers, but on this album they’ve written a lot more songs themselves, or at least John Fogerty did. He was on lead guitar, and it’s his distinctive voice you’ll hear rambling on about rolling on a river.
Have you listened to this album before?
NK: I have! Couple of good tracks here.
CL: I only know a handful of songs by CCR, only one of which is on this album.
NK: Your honour may I present exhibit A:
CL: I KNOW. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME. That’s a pretty great closing track though. I think these guys really nail the opening and closing of the album – ‘Born on the Bayou’ sets the scene perfectly. I really like ‘Bootleg’ as well. The song I do not like is probably their most famous – ‘Proud Mary’ – which I also thought was a cover, but this is the original.
NK: I think ‘Proud Mary’ is alright. I agree with you though, ‘Keep On Chooglin’ is the best and ‘Born on the Bayou’ is great as well. There’s some fun guitar on this album.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
NK: Anytime you’re chooglin.
CL: ON THE BAYOU. What’s the Australian equivalent of a bayou? Like, the outback? I’m not sure.
NK: I think the Bayou is a swampy marsh type thing. I don’t know what the Australian equivalent would be. Rolling on the Murray?
Why has this album been included on the list?
NK: First time the word ‘chooglin’ was ever recorded. Landmark day in world history, not just music.
CL: I think there’s a definite growth in this ‘southern’ sound – I’d say when you mention the American south, CCR would be one of the bands that come to mind. Alongside Lynyrd Skynyrd obviously.
NK: More seriously this is some white lads playing the blues, with more polished recording and no restrictions on how long the songs could be. They really hit a formula here. Creedence were only around for a few years, but they were massive while they lasted.
Will you be listening again?
NK: Every time I choogle.
CL: Yeah, I’ll put it on again I reckon. There’s enough here to go on.
Listen to Bayou Country on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.