Monday, May 23, 2011

Creedence Clearwater Revival

There is a strangely blurred line in music between fact and opinion. Not all opinions are fact naturally, but there are exceptions to the rule. Here's an example:

OPINION: CCR is one of the greatest bands of all time.

FACT: CCR is one of the greatest bands of all time.

See? Sometimes, there's no question it cuts both ways.

Friend of the blog Loran Bush and I started watching a fairly recent John Fogerty concert last night. At 65 years of age, the man is still rockin' quite hard. His guitar chops are very evident and his voice still has its distinctive flavor despite having aged and mellowed.

Despite only being an active band from 1967 to 1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival produced far too many hits to easily narrow my selections below.

"Have You Ever Seen The Rain?" and "Fortunate Son" are obvious selections. Both are songs you've likely heard either in films or television. That's partly because of an agreement Fogerty made with Fantasy Records during his departure from the label in the early 1970's. As a result, Fantasy retained the licensing rights to all of CCR's music, leading to the songs being put in lot's of random moneymakers over the years.

My last choice included today is, "Heard It Through The Grapevine". The sound quality isn't perfect unfortunately, but I think the video of the band in their heyday makes up for it.

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