Creedence Clearwater Revival

A group as influential and as enduringly inimitable as Creedence Clearwater Revival deserved only the best when it came time to collect its work in a multi-disc boxed set.

A group as influential and as enduringly inimitable as Creedence Clearwater Revival deserved only the best when it came time to collect its work in a multi-disc boxed set. And the folks at Fantasy, God bless 'em, recognized that fact when they created this glorious six-disc retrospective. Everything released by the band is here in remastered form—not only all eight original LP releases but an entire disc of pre-CCR pearls and a full live disc that is beyond stellar. The revived roar of such ageless jams as "Up Around the Bend," "Pagan Baby," and "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"—three of 121 cuts in the box—is simply overwhelming. One classic after another is delivered here—each grittier and more soulful than remembered. The accompanying 72-page booklet couldn't be more on target, with essays from Ben Fong-Torres, Stanley Booth, Alec Palao, and Dave Marsh, among others, as well as remarkable artwork (including ticket stubs, rare 45 labels, and Bay Area concert posters). Those who own a single-disc CCR best-of—and love it—should do themselves a favor and snap this set up. And for hardcore fans, only one thing could top this set—a reunion.—WO
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