The Complete Studio Albums (Half-Speed Masters) 7 LP set arrives November 30th
The arrival Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 50th anniversary brings an unprecedented celebration the whole lot the band contributed of their brief however startlingly epochal time collectively (1968-1972). To commemorate this milestone, Craft Recordings is releasing a deluxe field set comprising the band’s full seven-album studio output, entitled, The Complete Studio Albums (Half-Speed Masters), arriving November 30th on 7 LPs. Albums embrace Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bayou Country, Green River, Willy and the Poor Boys, Cosmo’s Factory, Pendulum and Mardi Gras.
Each album on this assortment has been mastered at half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, benefiting from an exacting course of that enables for an distinctive stage sonic readability and punch, bringing these basic recordings a brand new vibrancy. The 180-gram LPs come housed in good-looking tip-on jackets replicating the packaging the unique pressings. Along with the whole studio album assortment comes an 80-page guide that includes new liner notes from music journalist Roy Trakin, archival pictures and reproductions band ephemera – fering one thing for each new and essentially the most diehard Creedence followers.
Using high-res transfers from the unique analog tapes, the half-speed mastering course of entails enjoying again audio at half its recorded velocity whereas the reducing lathe is turned at half the specified playback velocity. The method permits extra time to chop a micro-precise groove, permitting extra accuracy with frequency extremes and dynamic contrasts. Abbey Road Studios’ award-winning engineer Miles Showell explains, “I’ve tried to be as genuine as I might, and simply make it sound like music. Not over-hyped, not over-processed. Up till now loads processing has been performed on these recordings, so my method was to strip them proper again and simply expose them for what they’re – as a result of what they’re is nice music.”
Although the band members had been collectively for less than 4 years underneath the Creedence Clearwater Revival appellation, they managed to perform greater than many artists do in a lifetime. Powered by John Fogerty’s visceral growl, together with Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford’s gritty, in-the-pocket punch, they’ve bought over 30 million information within the U.S. alone, releasing 14 Top 10 hits, six platinum albums (two which went to No. 1) and one gold album. They additionally managed to play over 150 tour dates around the globe, together with a headlining spot at Woodstock.
Over the final 50 years, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s canon has turn into an element the Great American Songbook. Songs like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Down on the Corner,” “Fortunate Son,” “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?,” “Proud Mary,” “Born on the Bayou,” “Travelin’ Band” and “Up Around the Bend” have been ingrained into popular culture – not simply as rock staples, however as basic requirements.
This hardworking band fered superbly easy and relatable music for the every-man or -woman. Blue-collar Americans noticed their experiences and sociopolitical considerations mirrored in Creedence’s class-conscious broadsides (“Run Through the Jungle,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Fortunate Son”) and portraits working class life (“Cotton Fields,” “Proud Mary”).
In 1993, Creedence Clearwater Revival had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame. During his speech honoring the band, Bruce Springsteen famous, “I stand right here tonight nonetheless envious that music’s energy and its simplicity. They had been hits crammed with magnificence and poetry and a way the darkness occasions, historical past. An American custom shot by with pleasure, worry and paranoia. They rocked and performed nice collectively… they weren’t the hippest band on the earth, simply the perfect.”
Creedence additionally had a present for reworking different musicians’ songs in their very own picture. Impressive covers basic tracks from all genres are dotted throughout their albums; from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You,” Dale Hawkins’ “Susie Q” and Little Richard’s “Good Golly Miss Molly,” to the Leadbelly — popularized, blues-gospel evergreen “Midnight Special” and the Marvin Gaye-popularized Motown hit “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.”
With so many memorable songs that proceed to grace our radio waves and tv and film screens, plus lyrics that also resonate right this moment, Creedence Clearwater Revival is, really, America’s best rock ‘n’ roll band. This lovingly remastered and restored Complete Studio Albums (Half-Speed Masters) field set represents a package deal worthy the Creedence legacy, marking 50 years for the reason that Fogertys, Clifford and Cook introduced us a physique work that has impressed and electrified generations followers.