CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL – ” Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall “

Posted: August 4, 2022 in MUSIC

A long-lost live recording of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1970 show at London’s Royal Albert Hall is finally set for release later this year. When CCR took the stage for two nights in April of 1970, the band members had reached the height of their international stardom and arrived ready to prove themselves as equals to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles, who had announced their breakup just days before. Their performance—which included hits like “Born On The Bayou,” “Proud Mary,” “Fortunate Son,” and “Bad Moon Rising”was met with a 15-minute standing ovation and rave next-day reviews in the UK’s top publications.

Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall” features the band John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Doug Clifford and Stu Cook performing favourites like “Fortunate Son,” “Proud Mary” and “Bad Moon Rising,” the latter of which can be heard down below.

The original 1970 multitrack tapes were restored and mixed by Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell. Due on September. 16th, “Royal Albert Hall” will be available on compact disc, cassette tape, digital and vinyl. (Select retailers will also offer a variety of exclusive colour variants too, including Walmart’s “Tombstone Shadow” gray vinyl and Target’s “Green River” vinyl.)

A concert film of the performance titled Travelin’ Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival at the Royal Albert Hall will also be available. The film documents the band’s rise to fame and features previously unseen footage. Directed by Bob Smeaton (The Beatles Anthology and Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies) and narrated by actor Jeff Bridges, Travelin’ Band is the only concert footage of the group’s original line-up to be released in its entirety. It will roll out on September 16th, though details on where it can be viewed have yet to be announced.

Confusingly, a decade later in 1980, Fantasy Records released a live album by the band, titled The Royal Albert Hall Concert. However it was quickly discovered that the audio was, in fact, from the aforementioned Oakland Coliseum show. The label did rush to sticker the album to correct the error – and properly renamed the January 1970 performance as “The Concert” for later production runs

A deluxe, 2LP/2CD/Blu-ray edition of the set will be released on November 14th and includes two 45-RPM 180-gram vinyl LPs as well as on compact disc, plus a second CD with music from the film featuring formative recordings from the band’s early years as Tommy Fogerty and the Blue Velvets and the Golliwogs. This package also includes a reproduction of the original 1970 tour program, a 36×24″ poster and a 16-page booklet with an excerpt from Bridges’ voice-over script.

In the film, Bridges marvels over the group’s achievements in 1969, as Creedence Clearwater Revival released “Bayou Country”, “Green River” and “Willy and the Poor Boys”. “In only 12 months,” Bridges says, “the band had achieved five Top 10 singles and three Top 10 albums on the American charts, outselling the Beatles. They had appeared on the legendary Ed Sullivan Show and played to over a million people across America, including the hundreds of thousands gathered at Woodstock. ‘John, Tom, Stu and Doug’ may not have had the familiar ring to it of ‘John, Paul, George and Ringo,’ but Creedence were challenging the Beatles for the title of the biggest group in the world.”

Ahead of the set’s release, you can listen to its first single, “Bad Moon Rising,”

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