Rocks In The Attic #472: Creedence Clearwater Revival – ‘Willy And The Poor Boys’ (1969)

RITA#472.jpgProbably my favourite Creedence record, this is album number four for John Fogerty and company, and their third to be released in an extremely productive 1969. Their first five albums are untouchable in my eyes – Americana at its finest – and for me, the band hits a peak with this record that they continue with 1970’s Cosmo’s Factory.

Just take the only single from the record –  Down On The Corner b/w Fortunate Son. That’s a double-A side single in anyone else’s book. A week after it was released, the Billboard charts changed the way they measured sales for singles with hits on both sides. Too right; Fortunate Son is a great song.

Great songs always get overused by pop culture though, and in the last couple of decades, Fortunate Son has become Hollywood short-hand to portray the inequality of the Vietnam War (Forrest Gump comes to mind). I still love it, regardless.

The one thing that never gets mentioned about Creedence is their absolute groove. They get pigeon-holed into the dusty swamp rock genre, and nobody ever mentions that they’re one of the grooviest bands to come out of the late ‘60s. Suzy Q from the band’s first record showed that they can groove, and their albums are just one great groove after another. I could listen to the groove from Feelin’ Blue for hours and never get bored.

Hit: Down On The Corner

Hidden Gem: Feelin’ Blue

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