Album #175 – Cosmo’s Factory

Album #175

This album is the first album on the list from the 1970’s and what an album. It features some of CCR’s biggest hits: Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Run Through The Jungle, Who’ll Stop The Rain, Up Around The Bend, Travelin’ Band and their amazing cover of I Heard It Through The Grapevine. In my opinion, this album is their most accessible album. I have a copy of this album on vinyl. But, they changed their sound somewhat on this album. Their was the addition of a horn section on a few tracks and their are a couple of long tracks which are emblematic of what was to come on albums in the seventies: long album tracks. In CCR’s case, these two long tracks are literally jams that seemed like they were recorded in one take. I also enjoyed the two other covers on this album: Oobie Doobie (originally a hit for Roy Orbison), Before You Accuse Me and My Baby Left Me. They do these covers in their own style and make the songs their own.  This album, unfortunately, was CCR’s last big album. Their final two albums did not match up to Cosmo’s Factory’s success and quality and greatness of their first five albums. It is hard to believe that in three years, CCR had several top 40 hits which are still played on radio today and five amazing albums. Most bands and artists do not have that much success in so small of a time period.  I really enjoyed this album and, along with their first four albums, is essential in any serious record or music collection. Creedence Clearwater Revival was definitely a band that hit the ground running and gave music fans an amazing experience. Overall, I give this album 5 out of 5.

Next: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek and The Dominos!!!

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