On January 31, 1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival delivered a set that was as powerful as any band could give before or after that date at the Oakland Coliseum in California. The Concert documents the live CCR experience, lending another chapter to the legendary band.
Creedence was the most popular act in America at the time, and their recordings eclipsed their tremendous stage act. But, one listen to The Concert reveals an ensemble still hungry and fighting to win respect. The odd fact that they came from California doesn’t lose the integrity and grit of CCR’s bayou-drenched rock and blues on "Green River," "Down on the Corner," and "Commotion." A virtual hit factory, the band generally numbed their audiences with catchy slabs of pop sheen on "Bad Moon Risin’," "Who’ll Stop the Rain" and "Fortunate Son." The lyrics were always reflectively socio- political, but the grooves were defiantly booty shakin’. And, that’s what is endearing and enduring about CCR to this day.
The Concert lures the listener in with clever instrumentation, only to blast out about the charged times incorporated inside of "Proud Mary" and "Keep On Chooglin’."
The Concert is out now on Fantasy Records.