2008 marks the 40th anniversary of the first release and eponymous album from the quintessential rock and roll band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The 40th Anniversary Edition Reissuesinclude all six of the band’s albums in their entirety, plus bonus material at the end of each one. Every track is remastered from the original tapes and each album contains expanded liner notes from renowned music critics such as Ben Fong-Torres, Joel Selvin, and Dave Marsh, as well as pictures of the band in both action shots and promotional photos.
While the CCR greatest hits album is found in many music collections of the casual fan, the 40th Anniversary Edition Reissues present the opportunity to delve deeper into the band’s catalog of lesser-known gems and songs that were too long for radio airplay in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Each album boasts at least one interesting, underplayed original, whether it’s “Bootleg” off Bayou Country, “Cross-Tie Walker” off Green River, or the country inspired “Cotton Fields” and the politically charged “Effigy” off Willy and the Poor Boys. There are also several instrumentals that never gained mainstream notoriety, yet show a contrasting to tunes like “Proud Mary.”
What’s probably the most interesting parts of the reissues is the bonus material. The extra tracks cover a wide range of the material. Many were taken from CCR’s European tour in 1971. Ten of the performances from that tour are included, which is almost enough to justify the separate release of a live album. There are some other interesting nuggets, such as alternate studio versions of “Bootleg” and outtakes of “Glory Be” and “Broken Spoke Shuffle.”
Overall, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 40th Anniversary Edition Reissues are an outstanding assortment of both their famous chart-topping hits and also their lesser known works and live performances that would reward both casual music fans looking deeper into the band’s material and more serious devotees looking to complete their collection.
40th Anniversary Edition Reissues are out now on Fantasy Recores.