Starting out as Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets, and then the Golliwogs, Bay area legends Creedence Clearwater Revival had a slew of cover material to bring to their studio recordings. Creedence Clearwater Revival Covers the Classics extracts those pop nuggets, and loads them all onto one richly rewarding disc. Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and John Fogerty’s innate ability to transform other artists’ material is still stunning.
An abbreviated take on Dale Hawkins’ "Susie Q" finds the band exploring a complex rhythm underbelly while John searches out the sizzling sexual drive within the composition. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ "I Put a Spell on You" reaches out and grabs the throat, courtesy of John’s divine lead singing performance. This version of Leadbelly’s "The Midnight Special" is now considered classic, and it sits nicely alongside their playful attempts at Little Richard’s "Good Golly Miss Molly" and Marvin Gaye’s "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."
As an introduction to the interpretive powers of Creedence Clearwater Revival, look no further beyond the impressive collection on Covers the Classics.
Covers the Classics 40th Anniversary Reissue is available on Fantasy Records.