Album #138 – Bayou Country

Album #138

Talk about a 180 degree turn!!! This album was the stark opposite of Trout Mask Replica and it kicked ass!!!! John Fogerty and the boys certainly know how to keep the groove going. They demonstrate that best on this album’s longest cuts: Keep On Chooglin’ and Graveyard Train. While Fogerty always gets the credit for writing these songs, his backing band was just as good. They are tight and they can jam just like the best of them. I can totally understand why CCR was on the bill for Woodstock months after this album’s release. They were just that good. This album was the first of three albums released by this band in 1969. The only other act to do release three albums that year were Fairport Convention (who are also on the list). It shows just how talented this band was. I cannot think of an artist who could do that today. The artists that do release two albums in a year are not very good and the second album is released in the same year because the sales of the first were really good and the record companies want to capitalize on this. Back in 1969, this was not really the case. CCR has always been a kind of joke band to many and they are not taken seriously. CCR’s music is timeless and I cannot think of another American rock band during 1968 and 1971 (other than The Doors) who had as much chart success and as many albums as they did. Each album they put out has its familiar songs. On this album, those songs are: Proud Mary and Born on the Bayou. Those are two of Fogerty’s most well-known songs. The rest of this album is just as good. Their cover of Good Golly Miss Molly is probably one of the best I’ve ever heard. I was tapping my foot throughout this album and also singing along and bobbing my head. The album is rock and roll. I cannot wait to get to CCR’s other albums on the list. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5.

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