Cosmo’s Factory – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1970)

Album no. 175/1001

Named after the rehearsal space where the band practised, Cosmo’s Factory was CCR’s most successful record and shot them to international acclaim.

This album went to number one in 6 countries.

Have you listened to this album before?

CL: No, but I do recognise a cutla stellar tracks on here, so I’m excited.

NK: YEAH BABY

Standout track

CL: ‘Ramble Tamble’ is FIRE M8. What a banger – I can even get past the fact that it goes for 7 minutes.

NK: I agree! ‘Ramble Tamble’ is up there as my favourite Creedence song. Also ‘Up Around The Bend’ is a BANGER. How’s that riff at the start? GOLD.

CL: I’ve also always liked ‘Run Through The Jungle’, and ‘Up Around The Bend’, so that’s a bonus. I like their version of ‘My Baby Left Me’ – originally made famous by our good friend Mr Elvis Presley back in 1960. There aren’t really any bad songs on here WHICH MAKES FOR A NICE CHANGE.

NK: Also great: ‘Lookin’ Out My Back Door’, which is maybe the only hit rock’n’roll song about getting home and wanting to be left alone for a bit, a feeling I very much relate to. I really like ‘Travellin’ Band’ as well…….basically I agree there are no bad songs here.

When would be the best time to listen to this?

CL: I think this album moves in more of a rock direction than Green River or Bayou Country – there seems to be less country influences on here which suits me just fine.

NK: I think there is still a little bit of country twang, but yeah, this is rockin as’ hell. You can play this really loudly and rock along from start to finish.

Why has this album been included on the list?

CL: This is really interesting because a lot of the songs on here like ‘Travellin Band’, ‘Ooby Dooby’ and ‘Before You Accuse Me’, sound like we’re back in 1950 with the start of rock and or roll, but CCR have injected some much needed energy and raw guts into it. It’s the typical musical cycle – music that was popular 20 years ago comes back in a big way.

NK: A great point! I think Roy Orbison (somehow omitted from this list) did the most famous version of ‘Ooby Dooby’ in the late fifties, and this is exactly the same song turned up a bit. I think the longer songs on this are better as well. ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and ‘Ramble Tamble’ don’t outstay their welcome, despite being seven and eleven minutes long. Also this was a massive hit, which it’s hard to argue with.

Will you be listening again?

CL: Yeah! I really liked this a lot – heaps of good tracks, with a real 50s nostalgia vibe to some of them. Like the 50s but done better. I’ve listened to it a couple of times actually – THE SEVENTIES ARE OFF TO A GOOD START!

NK: BEST BELIEVE

Rating

CL: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

NK: This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.This is possibly one of the worst things I’ve ever heard. I’m removing it from my iTunes without delay. It was offensive to my eardrums.

Listen to Cosmo’s Factory on Spotify or buy it in iTunes

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